Editorial Team

Dream Catcher receives literally thousands of submissions every year. To ensure that  the task of reviewing them is not daunting or overwhelming, selection of candidate poems for the magazine is overseen by a board of editors. They select a pool of candidate pieces for the main editor to select from. The board comprises poets and writers of different styles and backgrounds who ensure that the magazine appeals to a wide range of readers and that Dream Catcher is an exemplar of the best in poetry.

Editor: Amina Alyal

Editor Emeritus and Founder: Paul Sutherland

Editorial Board

  • John Gilham (former editor)
  • Rose Drew
  • Pauline Kirk
  • Alan Gillott
  • Tanya Parker Nightingale
  • Wendy Pratt (former editor)
  • Clint Wastling

Art Advisor: Greg McGee

Paul Sutherland founded Dream Catcher in 1996 and has developed a wide ranging readership for the journal. Paul has edited a number of anthologies and is the author of eight collections of poetry and in 2012 he published his eighth collection, Journeying.Paul turned freelance in 2004. He has won or been runner up in a number of national poetry competitions

Amina Alyal has published two collections of poetry (The Ordinariness of Parrots, Stairwell Books 2015 and Seasons of Myth, Indigo Dreams 2016), besides collaborative work with Oz Hardwick and two edited collections of academic essays, and is widely published in journals. She regularly performs poetry and music shows, previously with the Taiko drumming group Kaminari UK, currently with Oz Hardwick and Karl Baxter.  Amina is Senior Lecturer in English at Leeds Trinity University: she specializes in Renaissance Literature, particularly poetry and drama and she has in interest in gothic horror and fairy tale.

Rose Drew is a performance poet and anthropologist. She has edited a number of anthologies including the successful Green Man Awakes and her own book, Temporary Safety made the top ten Purple Patch Individual Collections of 2011. Rose has been widely published both in the UK and the USA. She is a political poet, and is sensitive to the injustices a nation heaps upon its own purely in the interests of winning and maintaining power.

John Gilham has been widely published and has been included in previous issues of Dream Catcher. A visit to the area of the Ypres Salient, where his grandfather served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in WWI has strengthened the already fierce anti-war stance which runs through his work. Although best known close to home for his Fosdyke and Me stories he is more widely known for his well crafted poetry and observations on life, cycling, and riding the railways. John’s most recent publications are Learning to Breathe and Where the Hares Are.

Tanya Parker Nightingale is a poet of exquisite delicacy, well known to Dream Catcher readers as a reviewer, but who has also been selected by Paul for publication. She won the Yorkshire Open Poetry Competition with her poem Eve which also featured in the International Women’s week show A Question of Power. In 2011, with Rose Drew, Tanya performed their two woman show She’s the Cultured One at the Edinburgh Fringe and other festivals.

Alan Gillott has been published over a period of many years initially under the aegis of Alasdair Aston and the Dulwich Poetry Society, and more recently in North America. He has edited a number of anthologies for Stairwell Books and his most recent collections, Beyond the Window and Except we Teach have garnered  critical acclaim. Alan’s interest is in the structure of free form poems and he works with poets to help them make structure a tool for a more effective communication.

Clint Wastling was born in Beverley, Yorkshire and returned there in the mid-1990s after a spell in London as a chemistry teacher. Five years ago he went part time and began a career in further education.
Going part-time gave Clint more opportunity to write and he soon completed a geology-themed crime novel, The Geology of Desire. This book takes place in Hull and North Yorkshire. His latest novel, Tyrants Rex, is set 3000 years in the future but, by coincidence, a main character just happens to be a geologist!
Clint appears at open mics and literature festivals across the country, reading stories, sections from his novels, and poetry. His short stories have been published around the world. Two full length plays have been produced in the USA by Shoestring Radio Theatre.

Greg McGee is Co-owner of York’s city centre white cube ‘According to McGee’. He is fiercely passionate about art and its process; its inception; its execution and its exhibition. Being exposed to great art and carefully harnessing the skills in producing one’s own art is all part of living a fulfilling and constantly improving life. Contemporary art and poetry are, according to Greg, ‘the cosiest of possible bedfellows’.

Wendy Pratt is a poet and freelance writer living and working on the beautiful North Yorkshire coast. Her work has appeared widely in magazines and journals and she is fortunate to have four collections to her name.  Her most recent book is Gifts the Mole Gave Me. As well as writing, Wendy is a mentor, an editor, a workshop facilitator, theatre reviewer for The Stage and poetry correspondent for Northern Soul Magazine. You can follow Wendy at @wondykitten and find more about her here: Wendy’s Website

Pauline Kirk is the editor and publisher for Fighting Cock Press. Pauline is the author of two novels, Waters of Time and The Keepers, and is part of a collaboration with her daughter who together publish as P.J. Quinn. She has a number of anthologies to her name, the most recent of which is Envying the Wild edited by the late Mabel Ferrett. Pauline’s poems, short stories and articles have appeared in a wide range of journals.