THE POET – The Team
Founder & Editor
Robin Barratt (ENGLAND)
Based in Norwich, Norfolk (England), Robin is the author of a large number of books including six non-fiction, true crime titles (publishers include Random House/Penguin, Mainstream, Constable Robinson and Milo), and two travel anthologies about the Kingdom of Bahrain where he lived for four years. He has also edited, produced and published the acclaimed Collections of Poetry and Prose series of ten books featuring almost 1400 pieces of work from 265 writers and poets from 49 countries around the world. On top of this, Robin has written articles for magazines worldwide including; Signature, Sur La Terre, Gulf Insider, Time Out, Norfolk magazine, Absolute Lifestyle, T Qatar, and others, produced the ARTBahrain and the Discover Bahrain delegates magazines, ghostwritten A Tribute to Abdula Ali Kanoo, and has helped self-publish a large number of books for other people.
Abigail George (SOUTH AFRICA)
Abigail’s writes about women, mental health, spirituality and nature and her writing has appeared on many global platforms. She has written twelve books (including two novels), and is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. Abigail is contributing editor at African Writer and has two blogs. She is an essayist, blogger, poet, playwright, novella and short story writer, and her work has appeared all over Africa including: Senegal, Malawi, South Africa, Cameroon, Uganda, Turkey, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Her latest book is The Scholarship Girl.
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Dr. Ana Stjelja (SERBIA)
Ana is a poet, writer, translator, journalist, researcher and editor, and has published more than 30 books of different literary genres. She is the Editor-in-chief of the Alia Mundi magazine for cultural diversity, and the Editor-in-chief of the online literary magazine Enheduana. She is also the founder and the editor of the Web Portal Eastern Pearl, dedicated to the literature art and culture of the East. As an acclaimed and awarded writer, she has published her works in various Serbian and international print and online magazines, and literary blog and portals. In 2018 she established the Association Alia Mundi for promoting cultural diversity.
Murat Yurdakul (TURKEY)
Murat’s poetry, short stories and translations have been published internationally, and he was named best translator in British in the Journal of Modern Poetry Translation (2018). In Italy he was awarded the XIII International Premio Vitruvio Prize for poetry (2018), and the VI International Città Del Galateo literary Short Story Prize (2018). He has participated in the Casa Editrice Cento Verba short story compilation (2019), the Homores Literary Awards (2020), and included in the anthology of the International Centre for Poetry Translation and Research in China (2020).
Neil Leadbeater (SCOTLAND)
Neil is an author, essayist, poet and critic. His short stories, articles and poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals, both at home and abroad. His publications include Librettos for the Black Madonna, The Worcester Fragments, The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives, Sleeve Notes, Finding the River Horse, Punching Cork Stoppers, River Hoard, The Engine-room of Europe and Penn Fields. He is a regular book reviewer for a number of journals including Write Out Loud (UK), The Halo Halo Review (USA), Quill & Parchment (USA), and Contemporary Literary Review India (India).
Igor Pop Trajkov (NORTH MACEDONIA)
Igor is productive and prolific writer across all genres of literature, including theory and journalism. His work has been translated into many languages, and has participated in a large number of international events. He has won a number of awards for his work including; The Best Christmas Message Contest (2020), organized by American Corner Struga, and the best poem contest of Healthy Options Project Skopje, for the Day of the Fight Against the Drugs, with his poem Body Double.
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Eva Petropoulou-Lianoy (GREECE)
In 1994, Eva went to France to work as a journalist for the French newspaper Le Libre Journal. However, her love for Greece won over, and she returned to live and work in Athens. Eva has written a number of books including; Géraldine et le lutin du lac, which was subsequently translated into Greek, approved by the Ministry of Education, and turned into a theatre play performed in schools around the country and abroad. In Greece, she published The daughter of the Moon, which contained 80 illustrations by acclaimed artist Mr. Hristo Mavref, using 35 different shades of blue and pink. The following years she published five more books for children. Her recent book Travel with Fairytales of Lafcadio Patrick Hearn, myths and stories from the Far East, was illustrated by well-known Greek sculptor and artist Mrs. Ntina Anastasiadou.
David Hollywood (REPUBLIC OF IRELAND)
David helped form The Bahrain Writers’ Circle, and then The Second Circle poetry group in readiness for what annually became The Colours of Life Poetry Festival, one of the biggest poetry events in the region. David also contributed to the bestselling My Beautiful Bahrain, More of My Beautiful Bahrain and Poetic Bahrain, and was Bahrain Confidential‘s in-house poet and literary critic for The Taj Mahal Review. He has contributed to a further fifteen volumes of literary and poetry editions, as well as various international magazines. David is also the author of Waiting Spaces, an eclectic collection of some of his poems, and his forthcoming Intuitions Instincts is due to be launched in 2021.
Martin Chrispine Juwa (MALAWI)
Martin is a poet, educator, freelance writer and editor. He is very much interested in history, the natural environment and human character, and often combines these in his work. He believes that poetry is an unnatural language that communicates thoughts, feelings and generally makes life enjoyable. His work appears widely in both local and international journals, magazines and anthologies. In his free time, he writes and edits articles, poems and research papers for Scribble Publication, Artiscope Fellows, Sage Consultancy and ArtLink Organization.
Naida Mujkić (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA)
Naida has received her PhD from the Faculty of Philosophy, and she teaches literature. Her work has appeared in literary journal and anthologies around the world. She has published five books of poetry and one book of lyrical prose, and has participated in several international poetry and literature festivals. She is a member of the Writers’ Association of BiH, as well as the PEN Center of BiH, and is currently writing a Paths column in the literary magazine Publishers Weekly in Sharjah, UAE.
LindaAnn LoSchiavo (USA)
Native New Yorker LindaAnn LoSchiavo is a member of SFPA and The Dramatists Guild. Her poetry collections Conflicted Excitement, Concupiscent Consumption and Elgin Award nominee A Route Obscure and Lonely, along with a contribution in Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice are her latest titles. She is an active member of CRITTERS, a sci-fi fiction group, and her first documentary film on Mary Louise “Texas” Guinan was made for German television. She was a consultant for the documentary film Mae West: Dirty Blonde, and her second documentary on the amazing Night Club Queen: In the Footprints of Texas Guinan, has just been submitted to the Sundance Film Festival. Her formal verse has been seen magazines and online worldwide.
Kabishev Alexander Konstantinovich (RUSSIA)
Kabishev is a student, aspiring poet and writer, founder and head of the international creative and cultural project DEMO GOG, and editor-in-chief of the student newspaper DEMO GOG. His work has been translated and published internationally.
Bee Parkinson-Cameron (SCOTLAND)
Bee is a writer and director of her own theatrical organisation Left Behind Productions. Bee’s published work includes poetry in Collections of Poetry and Prose: Love, War, Travel and Happy; The Challenges of Finding Love; Uncovered Voices anthology; Suicide anthology; issues 2, 3 and 5 of The Writers Magazine; A Kist of Thistles Scottish poetry collection, as well in Written Tales. Bee’s theatrical organisation was shortlisted for Epic Awards 2019 for their work raising awareness of domestic abuse. Bee is also an ambassador for Fife Women’s Aid, and one of her poems raising awareness of mental health issues was posted by BBC The Social in August 2020.
Christos R. Tsiailis (CYPRUS)
Christos is an English teacher, currently studying for Masters’ degree in the theory of theatre. He is the author of Throwing Dice On A Chessboard, (2010), The Green Divorce, (2012), the sci-fi novel Klotho Surfaces (2016) and the short story collection ΨΩΜΙ (bread) (2017). He also writes articles, interviews of artists and book reviews for literary magazines, and has received numerous distinctions in Panhellenic literary contests for poems, short stories and theatre plays; most recent the first prize in UNESCO poetry contest about the return of the Parthenon marbles to Greece. His poetry collection Ekei sto Than has received a prize from the International Art Academy. His poems have been translated to Portuguese, Spanish, Indian, English and Arabic.
Wansoo Kim (SOUTH KOREA)
Wansoo achieved PhD in English Literature from the Hanguk University of Foreign Studies. He was a lecturer at Hanguk University of Foreign Studies, and an adjunct professor at Incheon Junior College for about 20 years. Wansoo has published seven poetry books, one novel, and one book of essays. His book Duel among a middle-aged fox, a wild dog and a deer, was a bestseller in 2012. His books Easy-to-read English Bible stories, Old Testament (2017), New Testament (2018), and Teenagers, I Support your Dream and his autobiography Secrets and Fruits of Mission (2021) were also all bestsellers. In 2020, he published his latest book Heart of God in America.
Nancy Shiffrin (USA)
Nancy earned her BA at California State College, Northridge, her MA studying with Anais Nin, and her PhD at The Union Institute studying Jewish-American women authors. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Quarterly, Earth’s Daughters and many others. She has received awards and honourable mentions from institutions and organisations worldwide including: The Academy of American Poets, and the Poetry Society of America. Her current available collection of poems is The Vast Unknowing.
Niels Hav (DENMARK)
Niels is a Danish poet and short story writer, with awards from The Danish Arts Council. He is the author of seven collections of poetry and three books of short fiction and his poems and stories have been published in a large number of international magazines and newspapers. His books have been translated into many languages including English, Arabic, Turkish, Dutch, Farsi, Serbian, Kurdish and Portuguese. He has travelled widely, and participated in numerous international poetry events. His second English poetry collection, We Are Here, was recently published, and his latest poetry collection, Moments of Happiness, is due for release shortly.
Sultana Raza (INDIA/LUXEMBOURG)
Sultana’s poems have appeared in numerous journals including, Columbia Journal, The New Verse News, London Grip, Classical Poetry Society, Poetry24, Dissident Voice and The Peacock Journal. She has read her fiction/poems in India, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, England, Ireland, the US, and at CoNZealand. Her 100 plus articles (on art, theatre, film, and humanitarian issues) have appeared in English and French. An independent scholar, Sultana Raza has presented many papers related to Romanticism (Keats) and Fantasy (Tolkien) in international conferences in the USA, Ireland, the UK, France, Greece, Norway, and CoNZealand (online).