Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Carol Rumens
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Carol Rumens poet

Carol Rumens was born in South London. She now lives near Hull.


Blind Spots (Seren, 2008)

Poems 1968-2004 (Bloodaxe, 2004)

Hex (Bloodaxe, 2002)

The Miracle Diet (Bloodaxe, 1999)

Coming Home bi-lingual text with Jerzy Jamiewicz (Book Art Museum, Lodz, 1998)

Holding Pattern (Blackstaff, 1998)

Best China Sky (Bloodaxe, 1995)

Thinking of Skins (Bloodaxe, 1993)

From Berlin to Heaven (Chatto and Windus, 1989)

The Greening of the Snow Beach (Bloodaxe, 1988)

Icons, Waves (Starwheel Press, 1986)

New and Selected Poems (Chatto and Windus, 1985)

Direct Dialing (Chatto and Windus, 1985)

Star Whisper (Secker, 1983)

Scenes from the Gingerbread House (Bloodaxe, 1982)

Unplayed Music (Secker, 1981)

A Necklace of Mirrors (Ulsterman Publications, 1978)

A Strange Girl in Bright Colours (Quartet, 1973)


Self into Song: Newcastle Poetry Lectures (Bloodaxe, 2007)

As Editor

A Newly Rumoured City: New Poems from Hull with Ian Gregson (Five Leaves Press and the Larkin Society, 2010)

Two Women Dancing: Selected Poems by Elizabeth Bartlett (Bloodaxe, 1994)

New Women Poets (Bloodaxe, 1991)

Making for the Open (Chatto and Windus 1987)


Suzanne Hecabe Arden School of Theatre, Manchester, 2001

The Freak of the Week Show Eye Spy Theatre Company Didsbury Studio Manchester, 2000

Nearly Siberia, Pascal Theatre Company, London (Soho Poly) and Newcastle The Gulbenkian Studio,  1989

Carol Rumens studied Philosophy at London University and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Writing for the Stage (with Distinction) from Manchester City  College. She is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University  of Hull. Previously Carol Rumens has been Writer in Residence at the University of Stockholm for the British Council, Creative Writing Tutor at Queen’s University Belfast, Poet in Residence at University College Cork, Poet in Residence at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Arts Literary Fellow and Writer in Residence at the University of Kent. Carol Rumens is member of the Society of Authors, the Welsh Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is visiting Professor of Creative Writing for the University of Wales, Bangor.

Unplayed Music was joint winner of the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize. Holding Pattern was shortlisted for the Belfast Arts Award for Literature. In 1984 she received a Cholmondeley Award. Her poem A Day in the Life of Farmer Dream was shortlisted for the 1998 Forward Poetry Prize for Best Single Poem and she made the shortlisted again in 2002. In 2001 Carol Rumens won the National Poetry Competition with Stay in Touch.

Carol Rumens was Poetry Editor at Pick Magazine, Quarto and the Literary Review. To coincide with her residency at Queen’s University Belfast, Carol Rumens edited Brangle.

She has translated poems into English from Russian in collaboration with Yuri Drobyshev and they are included in The Poetry of Perestroika (Iron Press, 1989), Pencil Letter (Irina Ratushinskaya, 1989) After  Puskin (Carcanet, 1999), Selected Poems by Yevgeni Rein (ed. Vallentina Polukhina, 2000) and  translations of Anatoly Kudriavitsky are included in Blind Spots.

“Carol Rumens has often taken on the culture of other languages adventurously. In Blind Spots her poems are coloured by a reading of Eugenio Montale, though none of them are direct translations. A more  surprising presence is Phillip Larkin, called up because Rumens was writing these poems in Hull. Her unforced lyricism rises above pastiche. Taking a walk through his village  of Cottingham she responds to the question Herbert also posed.” – Elaine Feinstein (The Times)

Official website: http://www.carolrumens.co.uk/


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