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Fiona Benson Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Fiona Benson

Festival Poet

Fiona Benson was educated at Trinity College, Oxford and then St Andrews University, where she completed the MLitt and a PhD in early modern drama. Her pamphlet was Faber New Poets 1 in the Faber New Poets series, and her full-length collection Bright Travellers (Cape, 2014) received the Seamus Heaney Prize for first collection and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her second book, Vertigo & Ghost (Cape, 2019), contains a sequence about Zeus as an abuser, and another sequence of poems about intimate domestic life; it won the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2019, and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. She is currently working on a project about the lives of insects, and lives in rural Devon with her husband James Meredith and their daughters, Isla and Rose.

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