June English was born in Dover, Kent in 1936. As a mature student, she read English and History at the University of Kent, followed by an MA in Humanities. She is presently Poet in Residence to Sing for your Life. Her first collection of poetry, Counting the Spots (2000) published by Acumen in was short-listed for the BBC ‘New Voices’ programme. The Sorcerer’s Arc (2004) her first full collection was published by Hearing Eye, London. Sunflower Equations (2008) was also published by Hearing Eye.
She has run workshops and performed her poetry in many and varied places including: Torbay Festival 2005; Poetry on the Lake, Italy, September 2004; The Jersey Arts Centre, 2005. Recent Readings include: Hull Library; Guppi’s, York; Borders, Charing X Road, London; The Torriano Meeting House, London; Salisbury House, Enfield, Middlesex; University of Kent, Canterbury; Sandwich, Deal and Dover Libraries. Some of June’s poems have been choreographed.
June founded the Dover and Deal Split the Lark Poetry Festival in 1999. The opportunity to read, study and socialize with professional poets has helped to develop a thriving poetry community in a previously neglected area. Through Split the Lark she initiated the first Editors’ Day where poets had the opportunity to work on their poems and discuss advice on publication with six editors of top poetry magazines including Poetry Review, Acumen and Agenda. She also instigated the provision of poetry workshops for children with special needs. She introduced and judged the Post-a-Poem and Poems on a Plate competitions for primary school children. She brought the poets Ann Drysdale, Katherine Gallagher, Carol Ann Duffy and Les Murray to Deal to give public reading of their work.
June is widely known for her Adult Poetry Workshops.
June also runs workshops in schools. She has recently visited: Dover College, Effingham Crescent, Dover; Queen’s College, Harley Street, London; Aylesham Primary School, Aylesham, Kent; Sandown Primary School, Deal, Kent; Warden House School, Deal, Kent and Barton Road School, Dover, Kent amongst others.