Anne Ryland’s second poetry collection, The Unmothering Class (Arrowhead Press, 2011), has been selected for New Writing North’s Read Regional Campaign 2012. Her first collection, Autumnologist, was shortlisted for The Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2006. Her poems are widely published in magazines and anthologies, and in 2009 she won first prize in the Kent and Sussex Poetry Competition. Recurrent themes in her poetry include the northern coastline, myths of the north, winter, letters, stitches, the human body and genetic inheritance, as well as the stories passed down within families.
Anne was born and brought up in Essex. After studying at the universities of Bristol and Leeds, she lived in London for a number of years before moving to Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1999. She gained a distinction in the MA in writing poetry at Newcastle University in 2002, and received a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North in 2005. Formerly a secondary school teacher of German and a tutor of adult literacy, Anne now works as a freelance tutor of English and creative writing, running writing workshops in libraries and other community settings in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. She particularly enjoys promoting writing for health and wellbeing.
Autumnologist (Arrowhead Press, 2006)
The Unmothering Class (Arrowhead Press, 2011)