Newcastle, United Kingdom

Meet the Team

Dr. Jo Clement, 

Creative Director
& Managing Editor

A working-class poet raised on a North East council estate, 
Clem is a New Writing North award-winner.
Her Ph.D. thesis explored her British Gypsy ethnicity through the visual art of eighteenth-century wood engraver Thomas Bewick. The practice-led study was awarded an inaugural AHRC Northern Bridge scholarship. 
'Moveable Type' her debut poetry pamphlet is sistered by a second 'Outlandish' in collaboration with writer Damian Le Bas and daily drawer W. John Hewitt. Both are funded by Arts Council England and published by New Writing North.

Aoife Lyall,

Guest Editor

Issue 13

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 The 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 is due to be published by Bloodaxe Books in 2021. 

Ian Humphreys, 

Guest Editor Issue 12

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).

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.

Qi Fang Colbert 

Cover Artist

Qi Fang Colbert is a Chinese artist and illustrator who lives in County Durham with
her husband. In 2019 she  completed a practice-led PhD research in Fine art at
Newcastle University.


Her works encompass drawing, illustration, animation, and
With a strong sense of social and cultural critic, her works explore the conflicts between individuals and society, in particular around the dramatic social changes and cultural dislocations in modern day China.