Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Lorna Thorpe
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Lorna Thorpe © Andrew Hasson

Lorna Thorpe was born in Brighton and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.  Lorna came to writing late – she started writing fiction in her late thirties and wrote her first published poem in her forties.  Having worked as a barmaid, tour operator and social worker she now lives in Cornwall where she earns a living as a freelance writer.


A Ghost in my House (Arc, 2008)

Dancing to Motown (Pighog Press, 2005)

Awards and prizes

Writers Award, Arts Council England, 2010

Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice Autumn 2005 for Dancing to Motown

Writers Award, Arts Council England, 2004

Other writing

Lorna has written features for The Guardian.  Her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, and been shortlisted for a New Writer award.

“Lorna Thorpe is a poet of the profane. An easy yolking would be with the work of Plath or Olds, but Lorna Thorpe’s poems are particularly English, set in the betting shops and back rooms of urban working-class life … It would be easy to caricature this book as depressing neo-realism. Thorpe’s great skill is to capture this world with great ease and deftness, to enable the reader to know her people quickly and poignantly. And what comes through at the end, is a real sense of energy, joy and vivacity.” Ian Pople.

“I have rarely read work with such a compelling emotional rush.”  Alison Brackenbury.

Publisher’s website: http://www.arcpublications.co.uk/biography.htm?writer_id=284

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