John Barlow has been described as one ‘of the best haiku poets writing in English’ (Haiku North America) and ‘one of the world’s most respected and best loved writers of haiku’ (3LIGHTS). His haiku have received awards in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Japan, while works he has edited have been honoured by the Haiku Society of America and the Poetry Society of America. His other books include The New Haiku (with Martin Lucas), Snow About To Fall, and Waiting for the Seventh Wave. He lives in the North West of England, a short walk from the sea.
Matthew Paul has contributed haiku to journals in the United Kingdom and the United States for more than fifteen years, and many of these appear in his collection The Regulars. He is the reviews editor for Presence haiku magazine and lives and works in London.
After reading English Literature at Cambridge, Stephen Moss pursued a career in broadcasting and writing about birds and wildlife. He is based at the BBC Natural History Unit at Bristol, where his series include Springwatch, Birding with Bill Oddie, and The Nature of Britain. He has also written a number of books, including A Bird in the Bush: A Social History of Birdwatching, and This Birding Life: The Best of The Guardian’s Birdwatch. He is married with five children, and lives on the Somerset Levels.
Sean Gray grew up watching birds in the Norfolk fens and now lives in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He is a wild bird photographer and ringer.
Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku also includes haiku by the following 34 poets:
Pamela Brown, David Cobb, Keith J. Coleman, John Crook, Steve Dolphy, Janice Fixter, Richard Goring, Caroline Gourlay, Jackie Hardy, Claire Bugler Hewitt, Graham High, Cicely Hill, Ken Jones, Doreen King, Martin Lucas, George Marsh, Pat Mitchell, Matt Morden, Phillip Murrell, Margery Newlove, Jo Pacsoo, David Platt, Stuart Quine, Helen Robinson, Mark Rutter, Fred Schofield, Ian Storr, Alan Summers, Ian Turner, David Walker, Diana Webb, Alison Williams, Frank Williams and Malcolm Williams.
Photograph of John Barlow by Wendy Farrell; Matthew Paul by Helen Jones; Stephen Moss by Suzanne Moss; Sean Gray by Andy Jowett.