Ruth Valentine was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition. Her latest collection is On the Saltmarsh (Smokestack, 2012). She has also published a history of Horton Hospital (Asylum, Hospital, Haven, Riverside Mental Health Trust, 1996), and two books on welfare issues for schools. Her prose piece,Stalking the Tiger, based on her research at Horton, is included in Iain Sinclair’s London, City of Disappearances (Hamish Hamilton 2006). She lives in Tottenham, North London.
Viv Fogel was adopted by Holocaust survivors which has had an impact on much of her writing. Her poems appear in various anthologies and have been heard on radio. ‘Memo for Peace’ (1982) was used on the Roundhouse benefit poster for the Greenham Peace Camp and she was part of the 80’s feminist performance quartet The Evettes. A psychotherapist for over 30 years, she teaches, publishes articles, gives talks, is too busy to enter poetry competitions but enjoys being asked to read! Her collection ‘Without Question’ (2006) and pamphlet ‘Witness’ (2013) are published by Mandaras . http://www.secondlightlive.co.uk/members/viviennefogel.shtml
Mark Harrison is doing something fresh and different, tapping into the timeless quality of the early blues to produce music relevant for the present day. His songs cover a wide range of topics which have something to say and a story to tell. He is a deft, rhythmical, finger picking and slide guitar player.