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Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Linda France
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Linda France poet

Linda France was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and currently lives in Northumberland, near Hadrian’s Wall.

Publications

You Are Her (Arc, 2010)

Book of Days with ceramic fragments by Sue Dunne (Smokestack, 2009)

The Moon and Flowers (Queens Arts Hall Centre, 2008)

The Toast of the Kit Cat Club (Bloodaxe, 2005)

Aerogramme (Talking Pen, 2004)

wild (Sand Press 2004)

The Simultaneous Dress (Bloodaxe, 2002)

Storyville (Bloodaxe, 1997)

The Gentleness of the Very Tall (Bloodaxe, 1994)

Red (Bloodaxe, 1992)

As Editor

Rowing Home (Cruse, 2008) anthology from Cruse Tyneside Poetry Competition to raise funds for the bereavement charity

Sixty Women Poets (Bloodaxe, 1993)

A freelance writer, Linda France has worked on collaborations with visual artists and around 40 Public Art projects, including a residency at Moorbank Botanic Garden at the University of Newcastle.  Previously, Linda France was Poet in Residence at Mowbray Park in Sunderland and selected to create a poem incorporated into the City Library for which she had to run workshops with schools and history grounds to inform the content of the commissioned poem. The poem would be carved into the 45 foot long handrail on the outer wall, covering three floors so each stanza had to work on its own and the poem had to make sense if read in any order, depending on which floor the readers were on and whether they were reading up or down. A residency at Chesters Walled Garden led to a pamphlet of twelve poems in a folding map format, The Moon and Flowers, which were also used in a recording by Chris Watson.  In 2002 Linda France wrote poems to accompany pen and ink drawings of wild flowers by Birtley Aris. These were collected in the pamphlet wild. A six month trip to Sri Lanka and India in 2000 – 2001 inspired Linda France to write a folding pamphlet to raise funds for a hostel for ex-untouchable girls in Nagpur, India. The trip included a pilgrimage to Buddhist sacred sites in India and Nepal. So far over 35 collaborations have seen Linda France’s poems carved in wood and stone, cast in metal, etched on glass, painted, embroidered and available via QR Code (a smart phone app) in the Peak District.

Linda France studied English, History and “a bit of History of Art” at Leeds University and remembers spending a lot of time listening to music and cultivating a distain for the academic. She spent some time traveling before returning to North East England. A riding accident left her with two broken vertebrae and a cracked hip and a Living Well with Pain Course at a Buddhist Centre reminded her to stay in the moment and not make up a story about it, which conflicts her work as a poet who translates experience into words.

“…a restless and curious writer with a decided voice of her own.…a poet with a rich and dynamic imagination and an increasingly assured technique with which to do its bidding …a new authority and at times a hard-won and startling simplicity in dealing with the nature of identity and of love.” Sean O’Brien

Official website http://www.lindafrance.co.uk/index.html

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