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Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Dorothy Baird
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Dorothy Baird was born in Edinburgh and  studied French and Russian at university, teaching English in France as part of her degree and then arranging, after graduating, to teach English for a year in Moscow. She also travelled widely in South East Asia and Sri Lanka and spent a year travelling and visiting projects in India and Nepal. In 1989 she returned to her home city of Edinburgh to bring up her three children and has lived there ever since.

She now facilitates creative writing groups for adults in mental health centres and in the community, and leads writing workshops for children. She also runs a correspondence course in creative and therapeutic writing and is a Human Givens therapist.

Dorothy’s poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, including New Writing Scotland, Acumen, North, and Obsessed with Pipework.  Leaving the Nest is her first full collection. It was published by Two Ravens Press in 2007 and launched in the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh.

Her poem/play for three women, Timepieces was performed by Lisa Nicoll, Catherine Gillard and Liza Shackelton, directed by David Betz-Heinemann, as part of TraVerses at the Traverse Theatre on Monday 13th December 2010.

Her poem, 29th April was shortlisted for the Second Light poetry competition 2010.

The poem ‘Dawn at Benares reached the final of the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual competition, 2010.

Her poem, Currie, has been filmed in collaboration with Anna Dickie and Stephanie Tan as part of ‘This Collection’ and can be found on http://www.vimeo.com/15818895

Publications

Leaving the Nest (Two Ravens Press, 2007)

Praise for Leaving the Nest

‘These pieces are the outpouring of a remarkable talent. They are an eloquent meditation on our lives, filled with intensely personal experiences which Dorothy Baird has triumphantly universalised. In an increasingly ugly and unpredictable world, these poems are a reminder and an example of just how beautiful life can be.’  Christopher Rush

Dorothy Baird’s website

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