Alice Oswald studied Classics at Oxford and then trained as a gardener. She worked in gardens for seven years before publishing her first collection of poems, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile, which won the Forward Prize in 1996. She was writer in residence at Dartington Hall from 1996 until 1998 and there wrote her long poem Dart, which won the T.S. Eliot prize in 2002. Her other collections have won the inaugural Ted Hughes award, the Hawthornden prize and the Warwick prize. In 2009 she won a Cholmondeley award for her contribution to poetry. Her latest collection, Falling Awake, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2016. She is married with three children and lives in Devon.
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