Wild Whispers – the participants

Twenty-one people representing fourteen countries

Annelyse Gelman’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, the PEN Poetry Series, BOMB Magazine, and elsewhere, and she is the author of the poetry collection Everyone I Love Is a Stranger to Someone (Write Bloody, 2014).
bobie (Yves Bommenel) is a multi-fields artist. His video poems don’t try to illustrate poetry. The goal is to confront texts, sounds and images. His filmpoems are about these changes of meaning which give birth to a new poetic object.
Candida Baker is a well-known writer and journalist.  She has had numerous books published, and has edited and written for numerous magazines and newspapers including The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and the Times Literary Supplement.  She is also an accredited equine facilitated learning practitioner and lives near Byron Bay in northern New South Wales with a menagerie of various animals.
Chaucer Cameron is a poet and editor of Poetry Film Live.
Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton Spanish-born Cristina first published two full-length collections –La Frontera and Rutas de Largo Recorrido- in her native language, with work also included in several anthologies. She now lives in Britain. Her first full collection in English, Cry Wolf, received a Straid Award and has been published by Templar Poetry. Cristina is the singing half of Flame&co, with Haydn Bonadie on guitar, and a Creative Writing PhD student at Cardiff University.
Dave Bonta has been blogging about poetry film and videopoetry at movingpoems.com since 2009. His most recent print publication is a collection of ecopoetry called Ice Mountain: An Elegy (Phoenicia Publications, 2017). He’s more than half-way through a ten-year project to make erasure poems from every entry in the Diary of Samuel Pepys. He divides his time between rural central Pennsylvania, London, and the internet.
Diek Grobler was born in the Northern part of South Africa. He obtained his BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria in 1987 and his Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1996. Diek is currently doing a PhD at the Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology at the University of South Africa. He has exhibited professionally since 1988 and his work is included in several major public and corporate collections in South Africa.
Eduardo Yagüe was born in 1970 in Gijón (Spain), where he studied at the Drama School. He then moved to Madrid, where he lived for twenty years. There Eduardo studied in the Corazza Studio for Actors and Hispanic Philology at UNED. He worked as an actor, theater teacher and many other jobs. He also wrote poetry and stories. In 2012 Eduardo started to make videopoetry, where he found a total creative freedom. His works have been screened in videopoetry and videoart shows and festivals in Europe and America, and recently he was included in Versogramas, the first documentary about the world of videopoetry.
Erentia Bedeker, writer, animator and artist born and bred in Damaraland, Namibia. As young artist she is still finding her feet and niche, so for the moment she’s a Jack-of-all-trades. Bedeker studied at the University of Stellenbosch where she received a bachelor’s degree in Acting and an honour’s degree in Afrikaans and Dutch. She is also a published poet, freelance puppeteer and performer with a post-grad in education.
Helen Dewbery co-edits the online poetry film journal Poetry Film Live and is co-director of Swindon Poetry Festival. Helen is an Associate member of the Royal Photographic Society.
Jhilmil Breckenridge is a poet, writer and activist. She is the Founder of Bhor Foundation, a mental health charity. Her areas of work are mental health, domestic violence and trauma. Jhilmil is currently working on a PhD in the UK and her poetry and other writings have been widely published and anthologised.
Judith Dekker originally trained as a photographer. The poetic style of her pictures brought her to written poems. She has had exhibitions and residencies. In 2013 she began making film, translating her photography style to moving images and is now working with an international selection of poets and musicians.
Jose Varghese is a bilingual writer/editor/translator from India who teaches English at Jazan University, KSA. He worked previously at Sacred Heart College, Kochi, and is the founder and chief editor of Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts and Strands Publishers. He is the author of the books “Silver Painted Gandhi and Other Poems”. He is working on a collection of short stories and a novel.
Marie Craven assembles short videos from poetry, music, voice, stills and moving images by various artists around the world. Created mostly via the internet, the pieces are essentially collaborative in nature. In 2016 her video ‘Dictionary Illustrations’ was awarded best film at the Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition in Ireland.
Marie Laureillard Sinologist at the Universte Lumiere in Lyon, France.
Meryl Van Der Bergh is a professional Dutch translator based in Antwerp, Belgium.
Othniel Smith is primarily a writer. His work includes eight episodes of children’s television series “The Story of Tracy Beaker” (CBBC), the short film “Say It” for BBC Wales/It’s My Shout (2013), the stage play “Giant Steps” (published in New Welsh Drama 2, Parthian Books, 2001), the novel “Yer Blues”, and a number of dramas and short stories for BBC radio. He also has a PhD in Independent Film from the University of Glamorgan. His poetry films have screened at numerous festivals, including Visible Verse, the Zebra Poetry Film Festival and the New York Jazz Film Festival.
Rajesh James is an award-winning documentary film maker and film researcher from Kochi, India. He was awarded the prestigious Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Filmmaker, India in 2017. His documentary Naked Wheels won K.F.Patil Unity in Diversity Award for Best Documentary Short at Kashish International Queer Film Festival Mumbai in 2017. He was also awarded PK Rossy Puraskaram for Best Documentary 2016 by Kerala Sthree Padana Kendram, Government of Kerala at International Feminist Film Festival of Kerala 2016.He has directed documentary films like In Thunder, Lightning and Rain (2017) Naked Wheels (2016) and Zebra Lines (2014).
Sabina England is an award-winning filmmaker, playwright and performance artist. She directed a narrative film which premiered at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. A few of her plays were produced in London. She lives in St. Louis and will perform at New York International Fringe Festival this fall.
Sharon Larkin is a poet and publisher. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines and e-zines, and she has a pamphlet forthcoming from Indigo Dreams Publishing. She has an MA in creative writing, runs a poetry café, chairs a local arts council and poetry society, has led various on-line poetry projects, including Good Dadhood gooddadhood.com and has established Eithon Bridge Publications eithonbridge.com to publish anthologies and collections.
Ye Mimi is a Taiwanese poet and filmmaker. A graduate of the MFA Creative Writing Department at Dong Hwa University and the MFA Film Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she is the author of several volumes of poetry, most recently With/out a Hitch (2015). Steve Bradbury’s translation of her chapbook His Days Go by the Way Her Years was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award in poetry in 2014. She also makes poetry films, which have been exhibited internationally. Through collaging her words and images, she tries to erase the border between poetry and image-making to create a new landscape.