Established in 2019, the Foundation channels the spirit of the late poet, Felix Dennis, to champion modern-day poets and writers. We share a mission to advocate and promote public appreciation of literary arts throughout the world.
Felix penned his first poem on a Post-It note aged 54, setting into motion a 13-year love affair with the written word. His love of poetry culminated in nearly 2000 poems and 11 poetry collections and was only matched by his passion for trees.
Far more than being a famous magazine publisher with a storied history, Felix was an immensely generous soul and it is fitting that his legacy serves to promote the poets, writers and artists supported by the Foundation.
Moni Mannings became friends with Felix through his poetry. Along with Don Atyeo, Felix described Moni as one of his few "readers" who read and critiqued every poem he ever wrote.Moni is the Deputy Chair of Barnardo's, a trustee of The St Mark's Hospital Foundation and the non-executive director on the Boards of Investec Bank PLC and Breedon Group. Previously, Moni was a lawyer at Olswang LLP.
Caroline Rush was Personal Assistant to Felix Dennis for 16 years until his death in 2014. During this time, Caroline oversaw the management and production of Felix’s many book projects and was also responsible for organising his highly successful poetry tours. Caroline lives in west London with her husband David.
Don Atyeo first met Felix Dennis in the early Seventies when they worked together on the final issues of Oz Magazine. When Oz closed, Don helped Felix establish his publishing empire, launching many magazines together as well as co-authoring several best-selling books. Later he moved into television, working in Britain and the Far East. They remained close friends until Felix’s death.