Judy Brown

Judy Brown was born in Cheshire. She grew up in Northumberland and Cumbria, and studied English at Cambridge and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has worked as a lawyer both in London and, from the early 1990’s, in Hong Kong. Her pamphlet, Pillars of Salt (Templar Poetry, 2006), won the Templar Pamphlet Competition. She received the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize, and won the Poetry London Competition and the Manchester Poetry Prize. Judy's first poetry collection, Loudness (Seren, 2011), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best first collection and the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. Her most recent collection, Crowd Sensations (Seren, 2016) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and has been shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Second Collection Prize. Judy now works as a freelance tutor and mentor, gives Poetry Surgeries in Derby for the Poetry Society and is a Royal Literary Fund Associate Fellow. 



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Author Events

Friday 7th September, 19:30 to 21:30

Main Reading with Judy Brown and Kayo Chingonyi. Judy Brown was a popular Poet-in-Residence at The Wordsworth Trust in 2013 and makes a welcome return to Cumbria. Her most recent collection Crowd Sensations (Seren, 2016) is a highly original exploration of both city and rural landscape. Kayo Chingonyi’s debut collection Kumukanda (Chatto, 2017) is a compelling examination of identity and masculinity and the influence of grime music. Kayo is well-known for the energy and dynamism of his performances. Dove Cottage Young Poets Sophie Hansen and
 Em Humble will also be performing during this...

Monday 3rd September, 11:15 to 16:45

Judy Brown will be holding one hour Poetry Surgeries at the Poetry Cafe.  Judy's  first poetry collection, Loudness, was published by Seren in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best first Collection and the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize.. Her most recent collection, Crowd Sensations (Seren 2016), was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Second Collection Prize.  This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis Judy, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing...