Five: a poetry anthology


Featuring poetry by Helen Bowell, Prerana Kumar, Eva Lewis, Laura Potts and Ruth Yates.

Published in partnership with The Writing Squad.

Published July 2024.

What Writers and Critics Think

  • Here’s love, loss, the ways in which we’re variously wired, and a wise wood pigeon. Imaginative, humane in their justice, and ever playful, Yates’ poems slide from familiar spaces into unexpected identity journeys and reward rereading.

    Ben Bransfield, on Ruth Yates


Helen Bowell is a poet, producer and editor. Her debut pamphlet The Barman (Bad Betty Press, 2022) was a Poetry Book Society Choice. A Ledbury Poetry Critic, her poems, reviews and translations have been published in bath magg, Poetry London, Poetry Wales and elsewhere. She co-directs Dead [Women] Poets Society and co-guest-edited Modern Poetry in Translation‘s Autumn 2020 focus on dead women poets. In 2023/24, Helen ran a project for bi+ poets culminating in Bi+ Lines, the first anthology of bi+ poets (fourteen poems, 2023). She was The Poetry Society’s Education Officer for six years and produced the Poetry Translation Centre’s 20th birthday programme of events in 2024.

Prerana Kumar (they/them) is an Indian writer based in London. They won the Rebecca Swift Foundation’s Women Poet’s Prize 2022. They were also shortlisted for The White Review Poet’s Prize 2022. Their work appears in The TelegraphMagma, The White Review, The Poetry ReviewPrototype, and bath magg among othersTheir debut pamphlet, Ixora is out with Guillemot Press. They are currently LAHP-funded and reading for a doctorate in Creative Writing at QMUL.

Eva Lewis is a queer, neurodivergent writer based in Manchester. They are a co-runner of SINK Magazine and editor for Young Identity, as well as a member of The Writing Squad and Queer Bodies poetry collective. Their writing has been published by Broken Sleep Books, A Velvet Giant, Aster Lit, Ice Floe Press and others.

Laura Potts is a writer from West Yorkshire. A recipient of the Foyle Young Poets Award, her work has been published by Aesthetica, The Moth and The Poetry Society. Laura became one of the BBC’s New Voices in 2017. She was shortlisted for The Manchester Poetry Prize and The Bridport Prize in 2020

Ruth Yates is a poet based in Sheffield. Their poems have been published in anthologies including Bi+lines: An Anthology of Contemporary Bi+ Poets, Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets, and Like Flyering for the Revolution: The Verve Anthology of Protest Poems; and in magazines including The North, Route 57, and Pennine Platform.

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eBook (ePub), Paperback


9781914914782, 9781914914799

Publication Year

July 2024