GPF 2021 – The Pandemic Anthology – 2nd October at 14:00 (Ticketed free event)

‘The COVID-19 Pandemic is affecting lives, routines and priorities globally. This anthology unites 78 poets from the UK and further afield in an exploration of personal pandemic experience: fear, love, grief, hope and community.

The sale of the anthology will be used to raise funds for PPE provision for frontline workers, and NHS charities.’

A number of the contributors to the anthology will be reading their work at the event. Scroll down to see more.

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The poets who are reading

Adele Cordner

Born in Newport, Adele’s first poetry pamphlet, The Kitchen Sink Chronicles, was published by Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2021. Her poetry has been placed in competitions including The Plough, Welsh Poetry and Poetry on The Lake. She is delighted to be included in Pandemic Poetry in support of NHS workers.

Alan Toltzis

Alan Toltzis is the author of two poetry collections—49 Aspects of Human Emotion and The Last Commandment—and two chapbooks, Mercy (forthcoming) and Nature Lessons. His poems have appeared in numerous print and online publications including, Plainsong, Grey Sparrow, The Wax Paper, Black Bough Poetry, and Anthropocene Poetry. Alan is an editor of The Mizmor Anthology. After a lifetime in Philadelphia, he now lives in Los Angeles. Find him online at; follow him @ToltzisAlan.

David Pollard

David Pollard ’s doctoral thesis was published as: The Poetry of Keats: Language and Experience He has also published A KWIC Concordance to the Harvard Edition of Keats’ Letters, a novel, Nietzsche’s Footfalls and seven volumes of poetry. He divides his time between Brighton on the South coast of England and a village on the Rias of Galicia.

Jo Lambert

Jo Lambert writes poetry and prose, veering between cynicism and inappropriate over-excitement. She lives in Carmarthenshire. Her work has been published by the New York Times, Gwyllion Magazine and Don’t Die Press. She can be followed on Twitter as @JoCourgetter.

K. S. Moore

K. S. Moore’s poetry has recently appeared in Broken Sleep’s ‘Crossing Lines’, The Stony Thursday Book, New Welsh Review and Atlanta Review.

In 2020, K. S. Moore placed third in The Waterford Poetry Prize and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Samples of poetry can be found at

Ness Owen

Ness Owen is a poet from Ynys Môn. Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies and her first collection Mamiaith was published by Arachne Press in 2019.

Nicola Harrison

Nicola Harrison is an Oxford University Lecturer, author of 3 books and 2 pamphlets, singer, poet and Arts Council funded performer. Specialising in shows of her own poetry, music and song for Three Choirs Festival and touring The Becoming show.