~ Winner of Crashaw Prize ~


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“a series of elegies for the poet’s grandparents, reveals Woodford’s writing at its best: understated, genuine and emotionally intelligent.”

Ben Wilkinson, the Guardian

“As Birdhouse is the first poem in the book, it would seem a hard act to follow for its intensity, accuracy and – yes – its beauty. Yet, while not all the poems rise to that level of ebullience, Anna Woodford’s perfect pitch, control of suspense and capacity for surprise are everywhere in working order.”

Leah Fritz, Poetry Review

“Finally this week, a mention for the beautiful poetry of Anna Woodford. I’ve had her award-winning debut collection Birdhouse on my to-read pile for ages and finally managed to steal an afternoon to enjoy it this week. It includes poems about sex, escaping school, pregnancy, nuns and a miniskirt scandalising a pit village. It is quite, quite wonderful.”

Lauren Laverne, Grazia

“she revisits her childhood in lines which are clear and confident, colloquial and powerful.”

Keith Richmond, Tribune

“Though these poems are deeply personal, Woodford also engages the reader through universal themes of love, loss, childhood and family. There is darkness, but not bitterness, loss but also strength, emotion, celebration and wit. This heartfelt and intimate exploration of life lingers with the reader.”

Laura Kaye, Mslexia



Anna is running some free creative writing workshops in County Durham for Holocaust Memorial Day. For more information see here­holocaust-memorial-day-2018-film-screening-son-saul

Anna has two poems in the current issue of Stand magazine.­cgi-bin/­scribe?item_id=2183

Anna wins second prize in the Ledbury Poetry Competition­ledbury-poetry-competition/­

Photographs of Anna's Poetry in Motion exhibition at York Explore now online­keyword/­Anna/­

Anna has three new poems in the current issue of The North magazine­shop/­950/­north-58

Article on the Poetry in Motion exhibition at the City Library, Newcastle from 1-15 September 2017­whats-on/­arts-culture-news/­you-shouldnt-out-house-old-13499873

Anna has been awarded a major award from The Society of Authors' Authors Foundation towards the development of her next poetry collection­

Update on Poetry in Motion:­2017/­06/­12/­moving-stories-how-poetry-is-carrying-the-message-about-mobility-challenges-facing-older-people/­

Anna has poetry upcoming in The Anthology of Aunts (Emma Press)­shop/­anthology-of-aunts-paperback/­

Anna's poems are featured on buses in York­news-and-events/­news/­2017/­research/­travel-challenges-poetry-on-buses/­

Happy new year! I'm blogging all this month about my Poetry in Motion residency at New Writing North's website.­journal/­article/­ten-tips-teaching-creative-writing/­

Happy National Poetry Day: Anna's poem is broadcast on Radio Newcastle as part of a BBC commission with 40 poets responding to landmarks in their area.­programmes/­p04b1nz7

Anna is judging the Poetry News Winter 2016 poetry competition as part of her residency at CoMotion Centre. For more information and to enter:­membership/­members-poems-2/­

Anna has a new poem 'Shrine' in Oxford Poetry Volume XVI.ii. It is paired with visual art from Charlie Godet Thomas. You can see it here­20160920_101500_hdr/­­shop.php

Anna has two poems in the current issue of the Rialto.­pages/­product/­rialto-magazine-86/­

Anna is a Peer Reviewer for Creative Scotland­what-we-do/­major-projects/­artistic-and-creative-review-framework/­peer-reviewers

Anna is poet in residence at York University's Co-Motion research project. Co-Motion is a major study looking at the mobility of older people in York, Newcastle and Hexham. For six months - until September 2016 - Anna will be attached to the project - writing a sequence of poetry that will be featured on York buses, and also running writing groups with local people.
If you are interested in finding out more about the project, please get in touch.

Anna's upcoming events as part of New Writing North's Read Regional Campaign­events/­category/­anna-woodford/­

Anna has five new poems in the current issue of Stand magazine.­

Anna is in the current issue of The Reader magazine talking about her poem 'The Gender and Law at Durham Research Group'­shop/­the-reader-magazine/­the-reader-issue-58/­c-23/­c-68/­p-167.aspx

Anna is included in the Bloodaxe anthology 'Hallelujah for 50ft Women'­titlepage.asp?isbn=1780371551

Anna has some new poems in The Reader magazine.­2014/­11/­08/­issue-55-of-the-reader-is-now-available-to-purchase/­

Anna is included in The Book of Love and Loss­The-Book-Love-Loss-Poems/­dp/­0954621522

Anna's poem 'Beginners Meditation' is a prizewinner in the Mclellan Poetry Prize.

Proof, a poem-film about the Bloodaxe Books archive at Newcastle University, created by the artist Kate Sweeney in response to Anna's and Tara Bergin's residency at the archive. The film debuted at the Festival of the North-East in 2013.­content/­?p=1387

Anna's poem Dancing Lesson is illustrated by artist Fifi Colston for the Poems in the Waiting Room project.­the-poets/­anna-woodford/­

Anna is working on Read Regional: a series of creative reading workshops focused on poems by new northern writers and beyond.

About the author

Anna Woodford's poetry collection Birdhouse (Salt,2010) was a winner of the Crashaw Prize. The Guardian included Birdhouse in a round-up of poetry books of the year and Grazia called it 'quite quite wonderful'.

Her poems have appeared in many publications including the Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, the Rialto and Poetry London. She has also been anthologised in The Forward Book of Poems of the Year.

Anna has completed a Leverhulme artist's residency at Durham University's Law School, writing poems about law and loss. She has also held residencies at Durham Cathedral, Alnwick Garden and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service.

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