Anne is a poet, reviewer, and provider of services to poets and poetry organisations.
In 2000, she began working towards a life with poetry at the centre of it, joining the Post-graduate Creative Writing programme at Sheffield Hallam University. In 2003, she was awarded an MA with Distinction and in 2005, was selected as one of the "Ten Hallam Poets" represented in the anthology published by Mews Press (eds. Sean O’Brien, Steven Earnshaw and EA Markham). The anthology attracted high praise from top-calibre poets (Don Paterson, Julia Darling, Helen Dunmore).
Her first collection, The Janus Hour, was published by Oversteps Books in 2010). In 2015, a small collection was published in Eng/Rom by Bibliotecha Universalis in Bucharest, Only Here till Friday. This was republished in Eng/Sp in 2016. Her third collection, also a small bi-lingual collection in Eng/Rom, Let It Come to Us All was translated by Prof Dr Lidia Vianu, of the University of Bucharest, and published there by Integral (in print) and Contemporary Literature Press (illustrated, online). Her latest full collection is The Last Parent (Second Light Publications, April 2019). For more on collections, see Publications
Awards include The Bridport Prize (2008), the Southport Prize (2009), the Silver Wyvern (Poetry on the Lake, Italy, 2014), and a Hawthornden Fellowship (2014). For more on prizes/awards, see prizes
She has a 25 year background in commercial work: Accounting, Project Management, Training & Mentoring, IT & Systems Development. This has given her a wide range of skills and, whatever poets need doing, Anne works on the basis that ‘if she can, she will’ …
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Anne founded the poetry p f website as a provider of services to poets in 2005 and maintains both the poetry p f and SecondLightLive websites; she is a part-time (3 days a month) administrator for Second Light, a network of women poets, and completes the design and layout of Second Light’s twice-yearly journal, ARTEMISpoetry.
She is President (2020/2023) of the Shortlands Poetry Circle, a poetry appreciation group based in Bromley. She was previously acting President from August 2010 and President for the three year term 2011 to 2013. She continues as Poetry Society Stanza rep for Kent North West.
In the past, she has topped up her poetic income with commercial work on a consultancy basis, including working for a time with staff at the publishing house, Enitharmon Press. More about these organisations.
Anne was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, in Scotland and grew up there. She now lives in Kent with her partner, Richard Stern, an architectural technician.
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