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A poet who instinctively sees the possibilities of defamiliarisation wherever she casts her penetrating, colour-loving eye

Carol Rumens, Guardian

‘Her poems wrestle at the interface between self and other and from the heat of that fight she forges startlingly original imagery.’

Poetry London

Judy Brown is a poet; she also teaches, mentors poets and reviews poetry.

She has spent time as Poet-in-Residence at Dove Cottage / the Wordsworth Trust and at Gladstone’s Library. In summer 2019 she was Arts & Culture Fellow in the Institute of Data Science at the University of Exeter.

Judy studied English at Cambridge and Newcastle Universities and in the past worked as a lawyer in London and Hong Kong.

Judy’s latest book, ‘Crowd Sensations‘ was described by The Telegraph as ‘deliciously tactile.’ ‘This is an exuberant, expansive poetry’ (The Poetry Review) which ‘manages to surprise with every twist and turn’ (Magma Poetry). ‘Crowd Sensations’ is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize.

Loudness’ was ‘a terrific debut’ according to Poetry London. It was shortlisted for both the Forward and Aldeburgh prizes for best first collection of the year.

Judy has won the Manchester Poetry Prize, the Poetry London Competition, and the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize. Her first pamphlet won the Templar Poetry Pamphlet Competition and her poems have appeared in the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Spectator.