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Who we are


Dr. Alan Corkish is responsible for editing, typesetting and cover-design, he is a writer, editor, reviewer and critic from Liverpool UK. Alan has a Bachelor’s degree with honours in English Literature and Philosophy from Liverpool University, a Master’s Arts degree in Writing Skills from Lancaster University a Masters Science degree in psychology from Keele University and his PhD is on C20 Working Class novels and is awarded by Edge Hill University. He currently works part-time as a psychotherapist. Alan’s publications include:


  • The A to Z of Education (Satire) 2002                      ISBN: 1898030189

  • Corrupted Memories (Poetry) 2004                          ISBN: 0-9543621-7-9

  • Groups (A novel) 2006                                              ISBN: 1-4137-8829-7

  •  Bum-Rap (Poetry) 2007                                           ISBN: 978-0-9555754-1-9

            ...through a glass darkly (Commentary) 2007         ISBN: 978-0-9555754-2-6

          Electric Memories (Short Stories) 2007                   ISBN: 0-9558038-8-3

  •  Island Poems  2008                                                 ISBN: 978-1-906588-26-7

  •  42 Liverpool Poems 2008                                        ISBN: 978-1-906588-23-6

  •  Glimpses of Notes (Autobiography) 2009                ISBN: 1-905168-02-0


Over 500 of Alan’s poems and short stories also appear in Journals and anthologies in the UK, USA, Russia, India, Canada, Italy, Ireland, Vietnam, New Zealand and Africa, many poems have been translated into Vietnamese and Italian. Alan co-edited Listening to the Birth of Crystals with Andrew Taylor and since then has edited over 320 perfect bound and chap books; he also writes literary reviews for Orbis, The Journal, Poetry Kit, Stride and New Hope International. 


PS; on the downside he NEVER learned to ride a bicycle :-(

Dr. Andrew Taylor is responsible for sales, printing, distribution and finance. he is a Liverpool based poet and editor who also writes critical reviews. His PhD is in Poetry and Poetics and he has a BA (Hons) in English and an MA in Writing Studies from Edge Hill University, Lancashire, he currently works as a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University .




Air Vault (Oystercatcher Press) July 2016

Future Dust (Original Plus) April 2015

Radio Mast Horizon, (Shearsman) January 2013

Comfort and Joy, (The Ten Pages Press) e-publication, April 2011

The Lights Will Inspire You, (Full of Crow Press) Oakland, USA, March 2011

The Sound of Light Aircraft, (Knives, Forks & Spoons Press) Newton-Le-Willows, May 2010

The Metaphysics of a Vegetarian Supper, (Differentia Press) on-line, December 2009

Make Some Noise, (Original Press) Cumbria, August 2009

And the Weary Are at Rest, (Sunnyoutside Press) Buffalo USA, June 2008

Temporary Residence, (erbacce Press) Liverpool, October 2007

Poetry & Skin Cream [2nd Edition] (erbacce Press) Liverpool, October 2007

Cathedral Poems, (Paula Brown Publishing) Poole, August 2005

Poetry & Skin Cream, (erbacce Press) Liverpool, December 2004.

Turn For Home, (The Brodie Press) Liverpool and Bristol, August 2003.  



Selected Readings:


Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire; Hope University College, Liverpool; Everyman, Liverpool; Tate Liverpool; 3345, Liverpool; The Masque Theatre, Liverpool; The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ The King, Liverpool; Liverpool Central Library; BBC Radio Merseyside; Collect Gallery, Lark Lane, Liverpool; Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.                                  


Poems have been published widely including the following magazines, websites and radio stations:


Peggy's Blue Skylight, Neon Highway, The Daily Express, The Liverpool Echo, The (Liverpool) Daily Post, Otoliths, Silenced Press, Zygote in my Coffee, When Skies Are Grey, Benchpress, Kulturewerd, BBC Radio Merseyside, Catholic Pictoral, Edgeways, The People's Poet, Creative Mind, Fire, Mercy, Haiku Scotland, The Melling Leaflet, Type A B Positive, Red Wire, The Binturong Review, Unquiet Desparation, and the Bold Street Blog.


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Jacqui Dunne is a researcher and interviewer for erbacce and one of the judges for  the annual erbacce-prize for poetry, more recently she edited Our Beating Heart, a perfect-bound book celebrating 70yrs of the NHS. She has an MA in Writing Studies from Edge Hill University Lancashire and is a Liverpool based poet/writer who is fluent in German and English and has a working relationship with Welsh.


Jacqui is essentially a performance poet but she has published a small collection with erbacce-press: Butterfly in a Snowstorm  and she is currently working on her second collection. Jacqui also edited Our Beating Heart which is a collection of poetry, interviews and cartoons celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS in 2018. (Available from the erbacce 'shop')


Selected readings:


Everyman Bistro Liverpool, Edge Hill University Lancashire, Hope University College Liverpool, The Citadel Theatre St. Helens Lancashire, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival,  BBC Radio Wales,  BBC Radio Merseyside,  Sefton  Park Palm House Liverpool, The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Liverpool John Moore’s University, Liverpool Lighthouse theatre and at venues in Berlin and Bavaria.


Her poems are widely published:


...on radio, in the press and on websites, including various anthologies, The Liverpool Echo, In The Red, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Merseyside, The People’s Poet,  Geschichtennetz and Red Ink.



Matt Duggan is our most recent recruit to the team and is responsible for advising new poets with regard to performing, book-launching and organising readings, he is the author of the prize-winning poetry collection Dystopia 38.10 and is a well known poet on the circuit; Matt is also a judge on the panel for the erbacce-prize. He is Bristol-based and joined erbacce in 2016.


Born in 1971 Matt lives in Bristol in the U.K. with his partner Kelly his poems have appeared in many journals across the world such as Osiris Poetry Journal, Ink, Sweat, and Tears, The Blue Nib, Into the Void, The Journal, The Dawntreader, Midnight Lane Boutique, Anti—Heroin Chic Journal, The High Window, A Restricted View from Under the Hedge, Ghost City Review, Laldy Literary Journal, L’ Ephemere Review, Carillion, Lakeview International Literary Journal, Levure Litteraire, erbacce journal, The Stray Branch, Prole, Black Light Engine Room, Militant Thistles, Matt won the erbacce Prize for Poetry in 2015 with his first full collection of poems Dystopia 38.10 and became one of six core members at erbacce-press. In 2017 Matt won the Into the Void Poetry Prize with his poem Elegy for Magdalene, and read his work across the east - coast of the U.S.A. with readings at the prestigious Cambridge Public Library Poetry Series in Boston, a guest poet appearance at The Parkside Lounge and Sip This in New York, and also read at his first U.S. book launch in Philadelphia. Matt has two new chapbooks available One Million Tiny Cuts (Clare Song Birds Publishing House) and A Season in Another World (Thirty West Publishing House) plus a small limited edition booklet The Feeding ( Rum Do Press) Venice and London. He has also read his work at Poetry on the Lake Festival in Orta, Italy, at the Poetry Café in London, in Paxos in Greece, and at various venues across the U.K. he runs and hosts his own poetry events and was highly commended in the Road to Clevedon Pier Poetry Anthology Competition, his second full collection Woodworm (Hedgehog Poetry Press) is due in Spring 2019. Matt has also been asked to judge a new poetry competition called ‘Songs for Lenin and McCarthy, poems inspired by protest in the form of Lennon and McCartney songs.


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Dr. Ursula Hurley is a judge on the panel for the erbacce-prize, she is a Cambridge graduate who went on to study in Italy, Lancaster (where her MA in Creative Writing earned her a distinction) and in Manchester where she is now a senior lecturer at Salford University; she is a Member of the National Association of Writers in Education.


Ursula set up and ran the Writing Centre at Liverpool Hope University, winning a number of learning and teaching awards, before joining the Creative Writing team at Salford. Since then she has become a prize-winning poet and prose writer, and continues to work in community engagement incorporating creative practice which plays on the boundaries of fiction and non-fiction. This links with her own critical work which explores contemporary understandings of 'truth' and 'fiction'.


Her first collection of poetry was Tree, published in 2009 which is still in print. She has poems in the anthology From Hepworth's Garden Out, published by Shearsman and was commended in the Leaf Books Poetry Competition 2010; more recently her  work was selected to open The Best of the Manchester Poets (vol.2) published by Puppywolf. In addition she contributes to journals, most notably the French Literary Review. Ursula performs her work widely especially in venues in the North West and has broadcast her work on Radio Merseyside.


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Pascale Gouverneur is also a judge on the erbacce-prize panel; her prime responsibility is for cover-designs and all our art-work. Pascale is a Brussels based lecturer, poet and artist who read English and Dutch literature and linguistics at the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles and at the Université catholique de Louvain where she is now a full-time lecturer teaching English grammar and phonetics on the BA courses (USLB, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting) and literary translation on the MA courses (UCL).


Her linguistic experience spans three worlds: born in Geel, Flanders, she grew up speaking Dutch before moving to Wallonia learning French, then to Libya where she was exposed to English and Arabic from an early age. Multiculturalism expanded with family in Britain, Argentina, the Philippines, Russia, Poland, and Sicily.  


Her artwork, mainly pencil and oil, explores the portrait and the bestiary. Her pencil portraits of poets have been selected for the catalogue by the Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre in London and she illustrated Our Beating Heart with some excellent cartoons.


Her poems have appeared in Magma#51, erbacce#30 (Editors’ Choice), erbacce#50, erbacce#44 and Hildegard, visions & inspiration (an anthology edited by Gabriel Griffin). Her first full, perfect-bound collection, What sort of scream?, was published by erbacce-press  in 2014. She has been invited to do readings mainly at The Troubadour in London, at the Bristol Poetry Festival, and at the Poetry on the Lake Festival in Orta, Italy. More recently (2018) she published the brilliant and highly acclaimed Pièces de résistance which is an innovative play written in unstructured poetic form. (available in the erbacce 'shop') and she organised  a superbly recieved poetry and art 'happening' at Librebook in Brussels.


Pascale will be our euro-representative and her exceptionally sharp eye for all things ‘new’ will make her an invaluable judge on the annual erbacce-prize. Her artistic talents will help our poets to create amazing covers for their books.

Pascal London 2011

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