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Anna Woodford is a poet and practitioner based in Newcastle. Her new poetry collection Changing Room (Salt, 2018) has just been published. Her debut poetry collection Birdhouse won the Crashaw Prize and was included in the Guardian’s round up of the best poetry books of the year. Her pamphlet Party Piece was a winner in the international Poetry Business Competition. Her pamphlet Trailer was a Poetry Book Society Choice.

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Book cover for Changing Room by Anna Woodford

Changing Room

From cramped cubicles to rented bedrooms, hallways that become highways in the sleepless hours, to the space and beauty of a shrine; Woodford’s award-winning poems revisit old rooms and find new ones following the birth of a child and the passing of time in the family home and beyond.

Anna Woodford’s meditative new poems are full of an exquisite sense of time and change, reckoning and reconsideration. In deceptively plain language, full of beautifully straightforward music, these poems pare back layers of history to explore family, the flesh and deep feeling with great acuity and wisdom.

Jacob Polley, judge of the Northern Writers Awards

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Latest news

Anna is running free ‘Exploring Poetry’ workshops in libraries throughout the North from March-June 2018 as part of New Writing North’s Read Regional programme. The workshops will be followed by readings from the poets Polly Atkin and Antony Dunn.

Anna has a poem in Route magazine’s upcoming special LOCO-MOTION issue published in collaboration with York’s National Railway Museum (NRM).

Anna is running some free creative writing workshops in County Durham for Holocaust Memorial Day. For more information see here

Anna has two poems in the current issue of Stand magazine.

Anna wins second prize in the Ledbury Poetry Competition.

Anna has three new poems in the current issue of The North magazine.

Article on the Poetry in Motion exhibition at the City Library, Newcastle from 1-15 September 2017.

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 at The Knowledge Exchange blog.

Anna has poetry upcoming in The Anthology of Aunts (Emma Press).

Anna’s poems are featured on buses in York.

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