June English


June English was born in Dover, Kent in 1936. As a mature student, she read English and History at the University of Kent, followed by an MA in Humanities. Her first pamphlet, Counting the Spots (2000) published by Acumen was short-listed for the BBC ‘New Voices’ programme. The Sorcerer’s Arc (2004) her first full collection was published by Hearing Eye, London. Sunflower Equations (2008) was also published by Hearing Eye.

She has run workshops and performed her poetry in many and varied places including: Torbay Festival 2005; Poetry on the Lake, Italy, September 2004; The Jersey Arts Centre, 2005. Recent Readings include: Hull Library; Guppi’s, York; Borders, Charing X Road, London; The Torriano Meeting House, London; Salisbury House, Enfield, Middlesex; University of Kent, Canterbury; Sandwich, Deal and Dover Libraries. Some of June’s poems have been choreographed.

June founded the Dover and Deal Split the Lark Poetry Festival in 1999. The opportunity to read, study and socialize with professional poets has helped to develop a thriving poetry community in a previously neglected area.