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Rebecca Watts

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Books by this author: The Met Office Advises Caution
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  • Awards
  • Commendation for The Met Office Advises Caution: Poetry Book Society Recommendation
    Financial Times Best Books of 2016
    Guardian Best Books of 2016
    The Poetry School Books of the Year 2016
    Shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for First Full Collection 2017

    Rebecca Watts was born in Suffolk in 1983 and currently lives in Cambridge, where she works in a library and as a freelance editor. A selection of her poetry was included in New Poetries VI (2015). Her debut collection The Met Office Advises Caution (2016) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and featured in the Guardian and Financial Times ‘Best Books of 2016’ lists.

    Rebecca’s website is http://rerebeccawatts.weebly.com/


    Photo credit Alice Archer 2015


    'The title poem gently alerts us to the shared vulnerability of man, creature and environment. Brief encounters and deep connections with animals are perceptively drawn€“ while the weaker links between people are pinpointed with needle-sharp satire.'
    Financial Times Best Books of 2016
    'The Met Office Advises Caution is, without doubt, a deft take on nature poetry, but we would be remiss to read it simply as that. Watts has not only begun reworking the tradition for the present era, but has also started to fill it with a life and range that helps us make new sense of the past.'
    The London Magazine
     'Well edited, deceptively simple, quietly shrewd. [A] truly lovely group of articulate, intelligible, clean, clear-sighted poems, which despite their unassuming exteriors, belie the scuttle of enigmatic presences beneath.'
    Will Barrett, The Poetry School Books of the Year 2016
       'Humour, philosophy, feminism and the natural world might not necessarily make for comfortable poetry bedfellows, but [Watts] has them fitting together perfectly. The contents of wheelie bins, Zen trees, a suffragette audaciously mounting a penny farthing bicycle, athletic tracks and the fate of country moles - the poems offer levity and depth, always revealing a ''clear hard road, made for going along''€.'
    Sarah Hall, Guardian Best Books of 2016
    'Rebecca Watts'€™s poems adopt strange and illuminating vantage points - the bird'€™s-eye view of a hawk, or a Victorian lady surveying a street from a penny-farthing - to do poetry'€™s work of telling the truth, but telling it slant. Watts is particularly attuned to those points where human and non-human creatures meet and interact, and writes with intelligence and incision.'
    Emma Jones
    Awards won by Rebecca Watts Short-listed, 2017 The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry First Collection Prize (The Met Office Advises Caution )
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