Poetry Birmingham Team

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Naush Sabah - Editor

Naush Sabah was, for many years, an IT lecturer and community organiser. She now works as a freelance writer and editor, whilst completing an MA in Creative Writing. Her short play, Coins, was staged at The Rep, as part of the 2019 Write Away programme for playwrights. Her graphic novel, Threads, is currently in development with Burnt Roti. She is Assistant Editor at Short Fiction Journal and Co-Founder and Editor here at Poetry Birmingham.

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Olivia Alice Hodgson - Editor

Olivia Hodgson was born in 1995 and raised in Birmingham. In 2016, she won Birmingham City University’s Mercian Prize for Poetry. She is currently working on poetry and short fiction that explores the uncanny, the Gothic, and mental health in domestic spaces and relationships. She is a Co-Founder of Poetry in Performance, and runs a monthly Birmingham poetry night, “Words @ the Woodman”. She is studying for an MA in Creative Writing and is Co-Founder and Editor at Poetry Birmingham.

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Suna Afshan - Editor

Suna Afshan is a reticent writer of prose and poetry and is reading for an MA in Creative Writing at Birmingham City University. In the summer of 2018, she was awarded with the university's Mercian Prize for her collection of poetry titled “Word of Mouth” born of the tête-à-tête one reserves for public spaces and the stuff of diaries we’d take to the grave. Suna’s work is concerned with the queering of the domestic and looks for the gentle mysticism of suburbia. She is Co-Founder and Editor here at Poetry Birmingham.


Adrian B. Earle - Publishing Manager

Adrian B Earle is a Poet, Media Maker, Facilitator and Storyteller; Producer & Managing Director at VerseFirst Productions and Co founder and Publishing Manager of the Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal. His debut Pamphlet 5000 HURTS is out from Burning Eye Books in October 2019.

Host and executive Producer of the VerseFirst Poetry Podcast, he is a 2019 member of the Hippodrome young poets. He also makes Poetry media and Performs poetry under the name ThinkWriteFly. His work hopes to poke at the boundary lines between visual, audible and written artistic expression. most recently he has been experimenting with the use of recording and audio sequencing technology to create narrative bin-aural poems designed for performance in darkness.