Karen Jane Cannon is the creator and editor at Silent Voices Project. She is a poet and author, and was a finalist in the Mslexia Poetry Competition 2017, commended for The Flambard Poetry Prize 2014. She trained initially as a family and community historian. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and is commencing a creative PhD in 2018. Her debut pamphlet Emergency Mints (Paper Swans Press) is available in February, 2018.


Angi Holden is a freelance writer, whose work includes prizewinning adult and children’s poetry, short stories and flash fictions, published in online and print anthologies. She brings a wide range of personal experience to her writing, alongside a passion for lifelong learning. Her family are central to her life and her research into family history is a significant influence on her work. She was the winner of the inaugural Mother’s Milk Books Pamphlet Prize and her pamphlet, Spools of Thread will be published in 2017.

Maggie Mackay, a whisky and jazz loving Scot and final year MA student at Manchester Metropolitan University, has work in various print and online publications including The Everyday Poet edited by Deborah Alma, Amaryllis, Bare Fiction, Beautiful Dragons, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Indigo Dreams, The Fat Damsel, The Interpreter’s House, Prole, I am Not a Silent Poet, Silver Birch Press, The Poetry Shed, The Linnet’s Wings and Three Drops Press.

Sandra Renew’s poetry emerges from her feminist activism and her work in war-affected countries. Sandra’s publications in 2015 include the joint anthologies One Last Border, and Flood, Fire and Drought Ginninderra Press, and chapbooks Projected on the Wall Ginninderra Press and This is why poems of protest.Sandra’s website, Guerilla Poet, is at

Madelaine Smith is the manager of the Winchester Poetry Festival, and this year also managed the Winchester Science Festival. This may seem odd, but to quote Doctor Who, “Physics, poetry… same thing”. However while Madelaine has had a range of poetry published in journals and online, she has never written a scientific paper in her life.

Louise Taylor is a poet and writer from Hampshire, with a particular interest in social history. She blogs at