Faber New Poets 2013-14

Faber & Faber with Arts Council England announce the recipients of the Faber New Poets scheme 2013-14.

The Faber New Poets scheme exists to encourage new writers at a crucial point in their career. Open to those who have yet to publish a first collection or pamphlet, the scheme offers mentoring, pamphlet publication and financial support. In 2013, the scheme welcomed over 850 manuscript submissions. Faber & Faber and Arts Council England are delighted to announce the four Faber New Poets for 2013–14:

Rachael Allen
Will Burns
Zaffar Kunial
Declan Ryan

The pamphlets will be published in October 2014 and the Faber New Poets will be on tour, reading and performing at a number of venues, festivals and universities across the country in the Autumn, dates to be announced.

Highly Commended

In addition to these four, eight ‘Highly Commended’ entrants have been identified to receive a bespoke package of support to be individually tailored to their needs. These eight are:

Holly Corfield-Carr
Malene Engelund
Isabel Galleymore
Matthew Gregory
Daniel Hardisty
Abigail Parry
Phoebe Power
Robert Selby

Previous participants in the scheme were Fiona Benson, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Heather Phillipson and Jack Underwood in 2009, and Joe Dunthorne, Annie Katchinska, Sam Riviere and Tom Warner in 2010.

Matthew Hollis, Poetry Editor, Faber & Faber, commented:

‘One of the most valuable and rewarding activities I am involved in is the support and development of emerging talents. The Faber New Poets scheme exists to identify just such talents at a key moment in the evolution of their craft, by offering them a comprehensive arrangement of advice, encouragement and assistance to aid the longer-term development of their writing. Faber is delighted to work with Arts Council England on this important, not-for-profit programme.’

Antonia Byatt, Director of Literature and the South East, Arts Council England, said:

‘Faber New Poets finds some of the most exciting new voices in poetry and helps them take that important first step of being published. We are delighted to be able to support a scheme which introduces the next generation of poets to readers.’

Toby Martinez de las Rivas said:

‘Being fortunate enough to be part of Faber New Poets did not simply involve publishing a pamphlet – though that in itself was a terrifically exciting time. What it represented was the beginning of a relationship which involved close, practical support, help and advice: concern for the writing, for how best to help it develop.’


Rachael Allen was born in 1989 in Cornwall and studied English Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is the online editor for Granta, co-editor of poetry anthology series Clinic and online journal Tender. Her poetry has appeared in The Best British Poetry 2013 (Salt), Poetry London, the Sunday Times, the White Review online, Stop Sharpening Your Knives 5, Dear World and Everyone In It (Bloodaxe) and Night & Day (Chatto & Windus), and is forthcoming in Five Dials. Her reviews and other writing have appeared in Ambit and Dazed and Confused.

Will Burns was born in London and raised in Buckinghamshire. He didn’t finish his English degree, choosing instead to start an ill-fated band with his brother. He has worked in factories, cleaning windows, painting houses and has finally found a home at the greatest record shop on Earth. He likes sports and ornithology and is proud to be Poet-in-Residence at Caught by the River. He reads regularly in London and anywhere else that will have him. His poems have been published by Structo Magazine, South Bank Poetry, Illustrated Ape and the Independent Online.

Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and currently lives in Cumbria where he has just become the 2014 Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence. His poem ‘Hill Speak’ was placed third in the 2011 National Poetry Competition. In 2012 he won a Northern Writers’ Award of £5000. A graduate of the LSE, for the last five years Zaffar has worked as a full-time ‘Creative Writer’ for Hallmark cards in West Yorkshire. ‘Hill Speak’ is his only published poem.

Declan Ryan was born in Mayo, Ireland in 1983 and lives in North London. His poems, reviews and essays have appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Spectator, POEM, The Palm Beach Effect: Reflections on Michael Hofmann (CB Editions) and elsewhere. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway where he is currently teaching and working on a PhD on ‘perfect speech’ in the poems of Ian Hamilton. He co-edits the Days of Roses anthology series and is a poetry editor at Ambit.

The submissions were assessed by six initial readers, producing a longlist of fifty manuscripts to the panel for the final stage of consideration.


Imtiaz Dharker (poet), Maura Dooley (poet and tutor, Goldsmiths), Matthew Hollis (poet and Poetry Editor for Faber & Faber), Jacob Polley (poet, novelist and tutor, St Andrews), Nicola Smyth (Relationship Manager, Literature, Arts Council England).


Liz Berry, John Clegg, Inua Ellams, Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan, and Helen Mort.

Faber New Poets is a not-for-profit promotion that is made possible by the support of Arts Council England.

‘Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2010 and 2015, we will invest £1.9 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1.1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.’


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Rachel Alexander on 020 7927 3883 or rachel.alexander@faber.co.uk.