Linda France

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Linda France has published eight poetry collections, including The Gentleness of the Very Tall (Bloodaxe 1994 – a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; longlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize) and Reading the Flowers (Arc 2016 – longlisted for the Laurel Prize; ‘Bernard and Cerinthe’ won the 2013 National Poetry Competition). Her work has been awarded a Society of Authors’ Cholmondley Award.  Linda curated the collective poems Murmuration, with artist Kate Sweeney, and Dawn Chorus, with filmmaker Christo Wallers, as part of her Writing the Climate Residency with New Writing North and Newcastle University.  In 2021 she was The Journal Culture Awards Writer of the Year.  Her new collection The Knucklebone Floor (Smokestack 2022) includes work from her PhD research on Women, Landscape and Ecology.