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Caroline Bird

resurrected Anna Wickham, 28th February 2020, Norwich

The Golden Age, by Caroline Bird, after Anna Wickham

Listen to our séance with Caroline Bird & Jade Cuttle at The Forum, Norwich

Caroline Bird is a poet and a playwright. She was born and grew up in Leeds, before moving to London in the early 2000s.

Caroline had been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award 2017, the Ted Hughes Award 2017, and the Dylan Thomas Prize twice in 2008 and 2010. She was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2014. She has also won an Eric Gregory Award (2002) and the Foyle Young Poet of the Year award two years running (1999, 2000), and was a winner of the Poetry London Competition in 2007, the Peterloo Poetry Competition in 2004, 2003 and 2002. Caroline was on the shortlist for Shell Woman Of The Future Awards 2011.


Caroline has had six collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her latest collection, The Air Year, was published in February 2020 and can be purchased here.

Several of her poems and a commissioned short story, Sucking Eggs, have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3. 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.

Caroline is also an enthusiastic leader of poetry workshops. In addition to working in primary and secondary schools, she is also a regular teacher at the Arvon Foundation. She is one of the writers-in-residence for the charity First Story.

See her website at:

Follow her twitter: @CarolineBirdUK

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