Beth Somerford      Poetry & Performance

"Beth writes on that fine line between the clear-eyed and the lyrical, where imagination thrives"

Don Barnard

“Elegantly composed and convincing”

David Morley

“simple, yet complex and multi-layered; a truly visceral piece that captures the physical perfectly.”

Abegail Morley



Welcome to my poetry

My poetry ranges from the intimate and personal, to the sweep of landscape poems.  It draws particularly on science and social history, a fascination with place and a love of the mundane. 

My poetry has been featured in: #MeToo; Backlash; Agenda; Brittle Star; The Interpreter’s House; Poems for a Liminal Age; Iota; Magma; French Literary Review; Orbis; The Cannon’s Mouth; and Obsessed by Pipework.  I have recently (2016) been commended, selected or shortlisted in the Southbank, O’Bheal, Ware, Ver, Wenlock and YorkMix competitions.  I won first runner up in the Frogmore Prize, 2014

I am currently writing a collection inspired by the landscape and history of Sussex

I live in Brighton with my composer husband and a shifting number of children (his, mine, not ours...).  As well as writing, I coach, act, run workshops (including The Brighton Mastery), pot and potter.

I hope you like the poetry shared in these pages, and would love to hear from you.