Living Published Women Poets in the UK
River Wolton
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River Wolton poet

River Wolton grew up in London, then lived in Sheffield before moving to Derbyshire.


Leap (Smith/Doorstop, 2010)

The Purpose of Your Visit (Smith/Doorstop, 2008)

Non Fiction

You Are Here: Travels of a Derbyshire Poet Laureate (Derbyshire County Council 2009)

Notes for the Guidance of Accused Persons in Faslane 365 – a year of Anti-Nuclear Blockades (Luath Press 2008)

Death and Poetry in Dying, Bereavement and the Healing Arts (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007)

Critic Tango and Bursting Free: Writing and M.E. included in Writing Works: A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshop and Activities (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2006)

After a Highly Commended pamphlet collection, The Purpose of Your Visit, River Wolton successfully her full length poetry collection Leap with Smith/Doorstop and celebrated with at launch at Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading in 2010.  Her poem Return won first prize in the poetry section of the Chroma Writing Competition 2008 and was published in Chroma Queer Literary Journal.

River Wolton succeeded Cathy Grindrod as Derbyshire Poet Laureate and a collection of her poems commissioned during her laureateship are included in You Are Here: Travels of a Derbyshire Poet Laureate along with some answers to questions she was asked as she fulfilled commissions.  River Wolton works as a writer in schools, libraries and community projects.

She has co-authored a short story collection, Some Girls’ Mothers (Route 2008).

Official site http://www.riverwolton.co.uk/

“…the real achievement is the voice. There is no explication of opinion here, no sermonising, just brutally honest observation. This is conflict restrained by the poetic form and rendered all the more frightening for it.” Jane Bluett (Assent magazine)

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