“A vastly accomplished, unconventional, selfless poet, keen to nurture the poets of tomorrow.” — The Independent
Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. He has published nine volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP and a collection of short stories.
His poetry and fiction have appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts as well as being published in The Feminist Review, Amnesty International’s Words That Burn and John Berger’s anthology The Long White Thread of Words. He has judged several literary prizes including the 2016 BBC Young Writers Award, SLAMbassadors and Oxford University’s ISIS magazine poetry competition. He was commissioned by the Labour Party during the 2017 general election to write the poem for their campaign entitled Mark It Red.
In 2015 his poetry and fiction writing won the Groucho Maverick Award and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the Hospital Club’s H-100 award for most influential people in writing and publishing. In 2017 he was shortlisted for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship.
Currently he works as the writer in residence at Whitmore School in Harrow and Queen Elizabeth Boys school in Barnet where he teaches poetry. He has guest lectured at several universities including; Oxford, Lancaster, Loughborough, Sheffield and Leeds on poetry in education and identity politics. In 2012 he founded Out-Spoken, London’s premier poetry and live music night, and Out-Spoken Press, an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing that aims to challenge the lack of diversity in British publishing. He has toured extensively both Europe and Australia. His writing has been studied in universities, schools and colleges across Europe.
“Look out for Anthony Anaxagorou…a near spiritual experience”
“His greatest strength is how effectively and completely he can draw you into his narratives despite their serious and complex subjects.”
Josh Idehan, Poejazzi
“One of the most powerful stage performances I’ve seen.”
The Evening Standard