Yvie Holder

Yvie Holder weaves themes of landscape, politics, love, loss and celebration through her writing and draws on her UK and Caribbean heritage. She has lived in Yorkshire for over sixty years. She enjoyed writing poetry during her schooldays in Hull, and took it up seriously in later life.

Yvie was the winner of the Helen Cadbury Prize, awarded in The York Prize Poetry Competition 2021, and was commended (2014) and long-listed (2015) in the York Literature Festival Poetry Competition.  

Yvie’s poems are published in the following anthologies, journals and pamphlets:

  • Opening a Different Window: A Poetry and Illness Anthology, Smith|Doorstop Books (2014), now an e-book
  • The Friargate Anthology (Dean and Fieldhouse, 2015)
  • The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry (Valley Press 2017)
  • Creative Journeys: A Family’s Journey Through Hull’s Old Town, produced for the Hull UK City of Culture 2017, available from Hull Central Library and Hull History Centre
  • Pennine Platform, Issue 89, March 2021
  • Hair-Raising Anthology (Nine Pens, forthcoming, 2021)
  • Hardship and Hope: a pamphlet of Poems for Nepal (2015)
  • High Wolds Poetry Festival Anthology ( 2020 & 2021)

Yvie’s poems can be seen and heard online, including on Carole Bromley’s poetry blog (www.yorkmix.com); and at Pennine Platform, reading A Guide for Emigrants, 1950.

She has read at, and arranged, spoken word events for York’s International Women’s Week and Black History Month and has co-organised a series of Poetry Cafés in rural East Yorkshire

Yvie’s poems, Anchusa and East Coast, are published by Arachne in our forthcoming anthology, Where We Find Ourselves.