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Caroline Bird

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  • Caroline Bird is an award-winning poet. She won a major Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and was short-listed for the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2001. Her first collection, Looking Through Letterboxes, was published by Carcanet Press in 2002, when she was just fifteen. S She was short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008 and 2010 for her second and third collections, Trouble Came To The Turnip, and Watering Can, and was the youngest writer on the list both times. Watering Can achieved a ‘Poetry Book Society Recommendation.’ She was one of the five official poets at London Olympics 2012. Her poem, ‘The Fun Palace’ which celebrates the life and work of Joan Littlewood, is now erected on the Olympic Site outside the main stadium. Her fourth poetry collection, The Hat-stand Union, will be published in 2013. She is also a playwright: her children’s musical, The Trial of Dennis the Menace, was performed at the Southbank Centre in February 2012. This autumn, her bold new version of Euripides’s The Trojan Women premiered at the Gate Theatre.


    - Shortlisted for the 2008 Dylan Thomas Prize for young writers
    - Shortlisted for the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2001
    - Winner of the Peterloo Poets Competition (16-19 year-olds) in 2002, 2003 and 2004
    - Winner of an Eric Gregory Award in 2002
    - Winner of the Simon Elvin Young Poet of the Year Award in 1999 and 2000
    - Commended in the 2004 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize with 'The Softness of the Morning'

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