Poetry Hub


The Poetry Hub was founded in 2017 to encourage the development of poetry at the University of Hertfordshire and beyond. It is co-ordinated by Wayne Holloway-Smith.

Jane Yeh and Mark Waldron are the new Poetry Fellows. Jane and Mark are available to work with anyone who is trying to develop their poetic work.

Jane Yeh

Jane Yeh’s first collection of poems, Marabou, was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. She was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014 for her second collection, The Ninjas. She has been a judge for the National Poetry Competition and the Troubadour International Poetry Prize, and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University.

Mark Waldron

Mark Waldron published two collections with Salt, The Brand New Dark in 2008 and The Itchy Sea in 2011his third, Meanwhile, Trees was published by Bloodaxe in 2016. He was selected as a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014.

Poetry Competition

The University of Hertfordshire Poetry Hub is pleased to announce its inaugural Single Poem Prize as part of its commitment to the promotion of contemporary poetics. Find out more about the Poetry competition, including details of how to enter.

Poetry Surgery

On Wednesday 14 March 2018, The School of Humanities Poetry Fellow Mark Waldron held an open access Poetry Surgery, as part of the new activities initiated by The Poetry Hub. This was an opportunity, unique to the university, in which anyone who would like feedback on their poetry could book a slot with Mark, to discuss their work and gain the invaluable insight of one of the UK's leading voices. The event was successfully received by a number of students, every slot being filled within one week of its advertisement

For more information about the Poetry Hub and for future events, please contact Wayne Holloway-Smith