Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Ann Drysdale
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Ann Drysdale poet

Ann Drysdale was born in the North West and brought up in London and lived in Birmingham and on the North York Moors before settling in South Wales.


Quaintness and other Offenses (Cinnamon, 2010)

Between Dryden and Duffy (Peterloo, 2005)

Backwork (Peterloo, 2002)

Gay Science (Peterloo, 1999)

The Turn of the Cucumber (Peterloo, 1995)


Discussing Wittgenstein (Cinnamon, 2009)

Three-three, two-two, five six (Cinnamon, 2009)

Real Newport (Seren, 2007)

A Pig in a Passage (Robert Hale, 1997)

Pearls Before Swine (Routledge and Kegan, 1985)

Sows’ Ears and Silk Purses (Routledge and Kegan, 1984)

Faint Heart never Kissed a Pig (Routledge and Kegan, 1982)

Ann Drysdale’s first collection, The Turn of the Cucumber,  was shortlisted at Aldeburgh in 1995. Her poems have won prizes in the Manchester, Cardiff, Peterloo, Housman Society, Bridport and National Poetry Competitions.

Ann Drysdale used her experience as a single parent on a smallholding on the North York Moors, learning stockmanship by experiment, for a series of newspaper columns. These began as A Woman’s View from the Clevelands in the Northallerton, Thirsk and Bedale Times and developed into Country Tales for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Ann Drysdale was awarded an MA in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing and has been a visiting lecturer at Cardiff University and taught at all levels from primary schools and special needs to adult further education. She spend eighteen months as a writer in residence at the University of the West of England in Bristol and in 2002 was poet in residence for the Peterloo Poets Schools Poetry Week.

Ann Drysdale has reached the final of the Cheltenham All-comers’ Slam and has made recordings for Isis Audiobooks. She currently holds the Dylan Thomas Prize for poetry in performance.

Ann Drysdale is providing poems celebrating the changing faces of the South Wales Valleys to accompany a series of photographs by Tim Collier.


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