The English poet grew up in Hampshire and now lives in London.
Her first full collection The Observances is published by Oxford Poets (Carcanet) on 30 April 2015. It will be launched pre-publication in London at Greenwich Yacht Club. The cover is a detail from ‘Neither White Nor Warm nor Cold’ by Christopher Le Brun.
The Observances is shortlisted for the Costa Book Award for Poetry, announced on 4 January 2016.
In 2012 she completed her PhD while teaching Poetry (modern and historical) courses in the English department at Goldsmiths, University of London.
She was awarded the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize in 2008 and has received a number of other awards. Selected for Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt) and again in 2013, her poems have recently been seen in Ambit, Long Poem Magazine, New Walk, Poetry Review, The Rialto, Shearsman, Warwick Review, and the TLS where she also contributes an occasional column introducing a ‘Poem of the Week’.
She co-hosts readings and workshops with members of the Southwark Stanza of the Poetry Society and is often asked to read at London’s poetry venues, bookshops and watering holes, including at the inaugural Open Weekend for The Guardian in 2012.