Gillian Allnutt

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.

Photo: Phyllis Christopher


The StAnza Masterclass »

Led by Gillian Allnutt

Sun 11 March | 11:15 - 12:45 | £5.00/£4.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Poetry Centre Stage »

The final reading of the festival from a Queen’s Gold Medalist

Sun 11 March | 17:00 - 17:45 | £5.00/£4.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium



There are those who have not fled shame

the numberlessness of am

the innumerable one


in whom


the dark of the moon, as absence, abstinence, is home.

In shoals, in sheols, they will come

with mobile phones.



Gillian Allnutt

Forthcoming in wake (Bloodaxe Books, 2018) #bloodaxebooks