Judy BrownFestival Poet

Judy Brown’s second collection Crowd Sensations (Seren, 2016) was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte second collection prize and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The Telegraph described Judy’s work as ‘deliciously tactile’. Her first collection Loudness (Seren, 2011) was shortlisted for both the Forward and Aldeburgh first collection prizes.

Judy was a 2014 Writer-in-Residence at Gladstone’s Library and 2013’s Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust. She teaches and mentors, including for the Poetry School and the Poetry Society, and reviews poetry.

Judy won the Manchester Prize in 2010 and the Poetry London competition in 2009. Her first pamphlet Pillars of Salt was a winner in the Templar Pamphlet Competition. Her poems have appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman and The Spectator, and in anthologies such as Identity Parade, edited by Roddy Lumsden (Bloodaxe, 2010), and Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe, 2015).

Judy was born in Altrincham and studied English at Cambridge and Newcastle. Before she became a professional writer, she worked as a lawyer in London and Hong Kong, and before any of that, went to the Lakes School, Windermere.


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