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Fiona Sampson

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  • Fiona Sampson has published fifteen books - including poetry, philosophy of language and studies of writing process - of which the most recent are: Rough Music (Carcanet 2010) and Common Prayer (Carcanet 2007, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, poem shortlisted for a Forward Prize) and Writing: Self and Reflexivity (with Celia Hunt; Macmillan, 2005). She has been widely translated, with eight books in translation including Patuvachki Dnevnik (Travel Diary), awarded the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia). She has received the Newdigate Prize, writers' awards from the Arts Councils of England and Wales and the Society of Authors and, in, the United States, the Literary Review's Charles Angoff Award. 'Trumpeldor Beach' was shortlisted for the 2006 Forward Prize for best single poem. She was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Nijmegen and has a PhD in the philosophy of language. She was Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University from 2002-2005. Fiona Sampson is internationally recognised for her pioneering residencies in health care and contributes to the Guardian, the Irish Times and other publications. Her translations include Jaan Kaplinski, an anthology of younger Central European poets, and Orient Express, of which she was founding editor. She has been the editor of Poetry Review since 2005. She gave the 2010 Newcastle Poetry Lectures under the title 'Music Lessons'. In 2009, she received a Cholmondeley Award and became a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature.




    Fiona Sampson has a page on the Poetry Archive website, where you can listen to recordings of her poetry and access other useful resources. Click here.


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