Gillian Allnutt is a London-born, Durham-based poet. She has published eight collections, including her retrospective How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2007). A new collection, wake, is due out in May 2018. She has worked in both journalism and teaching, and as a creative writing tutor and mentor. From 2001-2003 she held a Royal Literary Fund fellowship at Newcastle and Leeds universities. In 2009/10 she undertook a writing residency with Freedom From Torture, working with asylum seekers in Newcastle and Stockton. She received the Northern Rock Foundation Writer’s Award in 2005 and a Cholmondeley Award in 2010. In February 2017 she was presented with the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2016.
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