Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Pamela Beasant
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Pamela Beasant was born and brought up in Glasgow. She read English at Oxford University before working at Usborne Publishing in London. She moved to Stromness in Orkney in 1986 and now works freelance as a writer and editor. Pam has been widely published as a poet, and her first full-length collection, Running with a Snow Leopard, was published by Two Ravens Press in 2008.

 In 2006, her play, A Hamnavoe Man, based on the life and writing of George Mackay Brown, was commissioned by and performed at the St Magnus Festival. She also wrote the script for the 2008 Festival play, Riders of Sea Horses.

Pam’s biographical study, Stanley Cursiter: a life of the artist, was published in 2007, together with seven information books for children, published by Parragon Books. In addition, she wrote the libretto for a rock opera, Voice, with composer Gemma McGregor, performed in Orkney in 2008. Pam is finishing her first novel, Making Angels, and has started a second. Editorially, she has worked on many books, in particular A New Orkney Anthology, published by the GMB writing fellowship in 2008, and St Magnus Festival, a celebration, published in 2002.

Pamela is listed by the Scottish Book Trust, and has been awarded writers’ bursaries from the Scottish Arts Council and Hi-Arts. In 2007, she was the first George Mackay Brown Writing Fellow. The Scottish Poetry Library has appointed her as their Poet Partner in Stromness for 2008-09.

Praise for Running with a Snow Leopard

‘This … full-length collection shows what a precise and attentive poet she’s become… There’s no sentimentality in Beasant’s work, as befits the first George Mackay Brown Writing Fellow. That great poet of the Orkneys never wrote a sentimental word in his life and I think he would be proud of this collection.’ Piers Plowright, Camden New Journal

Pamela Beasant expresses the mysterious and intangible with an elegant lyricism and linguistic precision. These marvellous poems are both spare and evocative, always with intensity of feeling and fine metrical control.’
Dr Penny Fielding, University of Edinburgh

Poetry Publications

Running with a Snow Leopard (Two Ravens Press,  2008)

Other Publications

Titles available from Orkney Library & Archive:

A New Orkney Anthology (2008)
Stanley Cursiter: a Life of the Artist (2007)
St Magnus Festival: A Celebration (2002)

Publisher’s website


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