Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Annie Freud
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Annie Freud poet

Annie Freud was born in London.


The Mirabelles (Picador, 2010)

The Best Man Who Ever Was (Picador, 2007)

A Voids Officer Achieves the Tree Pose (Donut Press, 2006)

Annie Freud was educated at the Lycee Francais de Londres and studied English and European Literature at Warwick University. She has worked as a tapestry artist and embroiderer, exhibiting work and undertaking commissions. Currently Annie Freud teaches at the Poetry School and has held workshops for literary festivals including during a residency at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where she delivered a lecture, held a workshop for patients with significant medical needs and read from her work.

The Best Man Who Ever Was won the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry in 2007 and she has recorded some poems from the collection for the Poetry Archive.

Her father, Lucian Freud, has painted many portraits of her. She is the maternal granddaughter of sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein and great granddaughter of Sigmund Freud.

“In this, her second collection, Annie Freud displays a sharp eye for spotting the arresting detail and psychological truth in the articles, conversations and letters she uses as the basis for found poems, and then an impressive facility for crafting them into her work. The book is in three parts, and in the first the title poem presents an interesting example of the relationship between memory and sense-impressions, a phenomenon that lies at the heart of much of her best writing. Thus in The Mirabelles what an impressionable young woman remembers, ‘every day for the rest of her life’, of the time she visited an older, celebrated poet was not so much his words, but the pungent and golden scattered plums she later saw in the street. (Although in a reversal of William Carlos Williams, she did not eat them.)” Sarah Wardle (The Guardian)

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