Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Jill Dawson
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Jill Dawson poet and novelist

Jill Dawson was born in Durham, grew up in Staffordshire, Essex and Yorkshire and is now settled in the Cambridgeshire Fens.



White Fish with Painted Nails (Slow Dancer Press, 1994)


The Great Lover (Sceptre, 2009)

Watch Me Disappear (Sceptre, 2006)

Wild Boy (Sceptre, 2003)

Fred and Edie (Sceptre, 2000)

Magpie (Sceptre, 1998)

Trick of the Light (1996)

Short Stories and Editorial

Gas and Air short story anthology co-editor with Margo Daly (Bloomsbury, 2002)

Wild Ways short story anthology co-editor with Margo Daly (Bloomsbury, 1998)

The Virago Book of Love Letters anthology of letters by women writers (Virgo, 1994)

The Virago Book of Wicked Verse poetry anthology (Virago, 1992)

School Tales anthology of short stories by young women writers (Livewire, The Women’s Press, 1990)

Non Fiction

How Do I Look? (Upstarts, Virago Teen Imprint, 1990) – out of print

Jill Dawson was first published at the age of 22 after winning first prize in a national short story competition and won an Eric Gregory Award for poetry. She read American studies at the University of Nottingham and studied for an MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam University.

Fred and Edie was shortlisted for Whitbread and Orange Prizes, longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award and voted one of the 50 essential novels by a living writer. Magpie won the London Arts Board New Writers Award. Wild Boy was the first novel to be longlisted for the British Academy Book Prize for a work that makes scholarly ideas accessible. Watch Me Disappear was longlisted for the Orange Prize and the screenplay won a ScreenEast Award.  The Great Lover was selected as a Summer Read in 2009 by the Richard and Judy Book Club. In 2001 Jill Dawson was awarded a ScreenEast Award for Stunner screenplay. She has also won the Kathleen Blundell Award (1996), Blue Nose Poet of the Year (1995), Joint First Prize in the Sheffield Hallam short story competition (1995), First Prize in the Hackney New Writers Competition (1984) and First Prize in the City Limits short story competition (1984).

Jill Dawson has held many fellowships including the British Council Fellowship in Amherst and the Creating Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia where she taught the Writing MA. Jill Dawson has also written freelance travel articles, hotel reviews and other articles for newspapers and magazines including She, Vogue, Psychologies, MsLexia, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times.

“Confidently launches and swims into surprising landscapes…Jill Dawson uses bold and evocative images which convey much of the duality I believe she expresses with her title.” Jennie Fontana (The North on White Fish with Painted Nails)

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

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