Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Yvonne Gray
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Yvonne Gray poet

Yvonne Gray was born in Ayrshire, grew up in Refrewshire, Lanarkshire and Midlothian and now lives in Orkney.


In the Hanging Valley (Two Ravens Press, 2008)

Yvonne Gray studied English at Edinburgh University before moving to Angus where she taught English and gave oboe lessons, as she plays both oboe and Cor Anglais.. She then moved to Orkney and now teaches English.

Yvonne Gray started writing in her teens but found it difficult to combine writing with studying English at University and picked up writing again later on discovering Scottish writers such as MacDiarmid, George Mackay Brown, Liz Lochead and Valerie Gillies. Yvonne Gray received a Scottish Arts Council Writers’ Bursary in 2002 and Writers’ Development Awards from Hi-Arts in 2004 and 2008. She has worked collaboratively with artists including Rationed Air a silk screen printed edition of poems and images with Carol Dunbar for the 2000 St Magnus Festival exhibition. For the 2001 St Magnus Featival one of her poems was made into a film by Tim Fitzpatrick and Kevin Coffey. During 2004-2005 Yvonne Gray was involved with another writer and two sculptors in a project called Flows and Traces. She has also been involved in a project called Mailboats involving eight writers and eight sculptors in Orkney and Shetland.

“Yvonne Gray’s poems breathe with the air of Orkney, where she lives and works. She is a musician as well as a poet and one can detect the musician’s ear in her writing. Her poems stitch images into a fabric: one rich and textured but at the same time light and unshowy. They address the changing landscapes of a dear place, its rich history and wildlife. They pay homage to artists and musicians, to people of the past as well as those of the present. With words she paints the picture, the music,” Christine De Luca

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