Anna Woodford

Creative writer and poet

Anna Woodford is a poet and practitioner based in Newcastle. Her poetry book Changing Room is forthcoming from Salt. Her debut book Birdhouse won the Crashaw Prize and was included in the Guardian’s round up of the best poetry books of the year. She has three poetry pamphlets: Party Piece was a winner in the international Poetry Business Competition, Trailer was a Poetry Book Society Choice and The Higgins’ Honeymoon won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

She has received an EPSRC grant for a residency at York University’s Co-Motion Research Centre, a Leverhulme Award for a residency at Durham University’s Law School, an Eric Gregory Award, an Arvon/Jerwood Apprenticeship, a Hawthornden Fellowship and residencies at the Blue Mountain Center (New York) and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland. She has been poet in residence at Alnwick Garden and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service. She is a former peer reviewer for Creative Scotland.

Her poems have been published in the Times Literary Supplement, Rialto, Poetry London and Poetry Review.

Anna has a PhD in the poetry of Sharon Olds. She teaches creative writing in HE and the community. She helps facilitate New Writing North’s annual Read Regional campaign with the poet Linda France.

Anna is available to commission for installations and leading workshops.

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

Keith Richmond, Tribune


Changing Room (Salt, 2018)
Birdhouse (Salt, 2010)
Party Piece (Smith/Doorstop, 2009)
Trailer (Five Leaves, 2007)
The Higgins’ Honeymoon (Driftwood, 2001)