Tara Arkle is a poet in residence at Sidcot School in North Somerset. She studied poetry with professor of English at Harvard and Boston University, Helen Vendler, and literature at Boston University and The American College in Paris where her poetry was first published. On settling in the West Country her poetry appeared at The Bristol Poetry Festival 2014, and The Poetry Shed. She was longlisted for The National Poetry Competition 2019 and was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize in 2020. She read at The Bath Literary Festival 2019 as part of the Scratch Spoken Word Group, an Apples and Snakes initiative, England’s leading spoken word poetry organization. She is a member of the Bristol Stanza Group, part of The Poetry Society, and is published in their group pamphlet, CALYX.