Jo Clement
Creative Director
& Managing Editor 

Born in Darlington in 1986, Jo is the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University, which was awarded an inaugural AHRC Northern Bridge scholarship.

Her first book-length collection Outlandish will be published by Bloodaxe Books in 2022.

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Sophie F Baker


Sophie F Baker is a poet of some sort and one of the founding editors of Butcher's Dog. She loves a Collegiate Shag and can occasionally be found teaching others how to partake - as well as working as a magazine editor  for her local Wildlife Trust.

Photo: Lea L'Attentive.


Beth Watt

Blog Editor
Dog House Review

Beth Watt (she/her) is a queer writer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has worked in marketing at Mslexia Magazine and Lawrence & Wishart, Britain’s oldest radical publisher. She’s passionate about workers’ rights, accessible healthcare, and destigmatising mental illness. 90% of her time is spent wrangling her mischievous cats.


Hannah Hodgson
Guest Editor 
Issue 16 

Hannah Hodgson is a poet living with a life-limiting illness. Her work has been published by BBC Arts, The Poetry Society and Magma amongst others.

Where I’d Watch Plastic Trees Not Grow was published by Verve Poetry Press in Feb 2021. She won a Northern Writers Award in 2020, and the Poetry Business New Poets Prize in 2021.  Her first collection is due from Seren in early 2022.

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Karl Knights
Guest Editor
Issue 16

Karl Knights is a freelance journalist. His poetry and prose have appeared in The Guardian, The Dark Horse, Poetry London and elsewhere.


He is a winner of the 2021 New Poets Prize. His debut pamphlet, Kin, is forthcoming from The Poetry Business in 2022.

Photo: Thom Bartley.

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Aoife Lyall is an Irish poet living and working in the Scottish Highlands. Shortlisted for the Wells Festival of Literature Open Poetry Competition 2019, as well as the Hennessy New Writing Awards 2018 and 2016, her writing has previously appeared in Butcher’s Dog, as well as Gutter, Acumen, Magma, Poetry Ireland Review, Under the Radar, The Stinging Fly, Banshee Lit and others. Her debut collection Mother Nature was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2021.


Ian Humphreys

Guest Editor
Issues 12 and 15

Ian Humphreys’ debut collection, Zebra, is with Nine Arches Press (2019). He is widely published in journals and anthologies, such as The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Magma and The Forward Book of Poetry 2019. Awards include first prize in the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize, and highly commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry. Ian is a fellow of The Complete Works, which promotes diversity, quality and innovation in British poetry. A portfolio of his poems is published in Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe, 2017).

Aoife Lyall

Guest Editor
Issues 13 and 14