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Alison Brackenbury Papers

Date range: 1973-2018

Medium: Archive

Alison Brackenbury is an award winning British poet and has thus far published 9 collections of poetry with Carcanet Press, the first in 1981 entitled Dreams of Power, and the most recent, Skies, in 2016. She has been awarded both an Eric Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award by the Society of Authors, and for 30 years her poetry and poetry reviews have appeared in numerous poetry publications. She has worked extensively in radio, writing features and contributing to programmes on the arts.

Born in Lincolnshire and descended from a dynasty of prize-winning shepherds, she won a scholarship to Oxford where she took a First in English. Since then, she has lived in Gloucestershire and combines writing with a variety of jobs and interests, including 23 years as a manual worker and bookkeeper for her husband’s family metal finishing firm.

The Alison Brackenbury papers include a wealth of published and unpublished poems, notes, radio plays, essays, novels and children’s stories, alongside correspondence relating to works and other writers. There are also recordings, which feature Alison’s radio appearances and plays, and photographs.

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