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Volunteer Poet in Residence – Nikki Bennett

The Canon Chancellor is delighted to welcome Nikki Bennett to Chester Cathedral as Volunteer Poet in Residence.  Nikki joined the cathedral team in June 2018.

Nikki has seven collections of poetry, two CDs, and poems in various magazines and anthologies including: Artemis, Cheshire Prize Anthology 2013, Crazy Lit, De Facto, Hearing Voices, Magma, Partners’ Aspire, Ravenglass, roundyhouse, The Book of Love and Loss, and The Poetic Bond. She has read at poetry groups and festivals in the UK, the USA and Europe.

She is a great believer in poetry as both communication and therapy, and in particular the highlighting of women’s issues and circumstances. Her collection Love Shines Beyond Grief was nominated for the ‘Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry’ 2010.

Two of her books are about travels on the Trans-Siberian train and to the Antarctic.

Nikki has been a member of The Poetry Society, The Society of Women Writers and Journalists and the International Women’s Writers Guild. She founded ‘uni-verse’ poetry group, celebrating international poetry, whilst living in Bath.

Since moving to the Wirral in 2011 she has also been an active participant and supporter of poetry events in Liverpool, Wirral and Chester, part of a team reading poetry in Care Homes and an organiser for the Wirral Festival of Firsts. She supports Creative Arts for Well-being, including the work of Lapidus – Creative Writing for Well-being.

She lives in West Kirby, has a son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons living in Liverpool, and a partner, Michael Robinson, who will be supporting Nikki in her role as poet-in-residence.

Browse through Nikki’s work, below:

‘St Anselm’s Chapel’ – February 2019

‘One More time’ – written for Armistice Day, 11 November 2018

‘Suffrage’ – October 2018

‘Family Party’ – written following the cathedral’s ‘Battle of the Organs’ event.


As Nikki approaches the end of her year as Poet in Residence, view her work in a trail, which commences Saturday 6 to Saturday 20 July 2019. Also, why not join Nikki for a Public Reading, in the Lady Chapel of the cathedral at 2pm on Saturday 13 July. Full details may be found below:

Poet in Residence Trail

Poet in Residence Public Reading