Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Amanda Dalton
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Amanda Dalton poet

Amanda Dalton was born in Coventry and now lives in the Manchester area.


How to Disappear (Bloodaxe, 1999)

Amanda Dalton began working in schools and was a deputy headteacher for five years. After an Arvon Foundation Course in 1994, Amanda Dalton began writing a 20 poem sequence Room of Leaves which she performed at a poetry reading, unaware that Sue Roberts was in the audience. Sue Roberts encouraged Amanda to submit Room of Leaves as a radio play and it was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in Autumn 1998 and was shortlisted for the Prix Italia Award for Radio Drama.

In 1995 she completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan and worked for four years at the Arvon Foundation at Lumb Bank in West Yorkshire before becoming Education Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. For National Poetry Day in 2007 Amanda Dalton was writer-in-residence at the Parsonage in the Bronte Museum and produced a series of audio installations for the msueum. Amanda Dalton has had ten plays and adaptations broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4. However, her job as Education Director leaves little time for her own writing.

“Dark, funny, wise, terrifying  She is searingly matter-of-fact about the most painful recesses of the human heart This may be Dalton’s first book but she dances round every corner with a grace that many more seasoned writers would die for.”  Jo Shapcott.

Amanda Dalton at Bloodaxe: http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/personpage.asp?author=Amanda+Dalton

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