Angela was born in rural Lancashire in 1932 and now lives in London. Apart from bringing up five children, she has worked as, amongst other things, a cleaner, dog-walker, washer-up, waitress, chef, painter-and-decorator, garden-designer, free-lance journalist and non-fiction writer (5 books and booklets so far, on cooking, gardening and related subjects).
She has an M.A. in Language, Art and Education from Sussex University and completed a DPhil, also in Creative Writing, also from Sussex University, in 2006.
Her poems have appeared in many magazines (Ambit, Litmus, Magma, Moonstone, The Rialto, Samphire, Weyfarers, Writing Women etc, several anthologies, and also On the Buses, have been read on BBC 2 TV (5 to 11) and BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please and Woman's Hour and have won a handful of prizes in competitions including the Arvon, Kent Open, National, Peterloo, Southwark, Surrey Open. Wandsworth London Writers, and Ware Open.
Angela was the B.B.C.1's Wildlife Poet of the Year in 1996 (joint winner) and 2001. She gives regular poetry readings in England, Spain and the USA.
Shoestring Press brought out her first full collection, Mr. Irresistible, in October 2005 and her second, Dirty Work, in 2008.
Dirty Work, 2008, Ł8.95 incl p&p, ISBN 978-1-904886-83-9
Mr Irresistible, 2005, Ł8.95 incl p&p, ISBN 1-904886-19-1 (2008, 2nd re-print). - both available direct from Angela
Comments on her work:
Humane and well-crafted work ....a consistently high standard. Michael Donaghy
I loved in particular the elegant balance that you hąd struck between form and image - a far rarer talent than is generally appreciated. Don Paterson
...skillful and engaging, as well as moving. Neil Astley
Angela Kirby's poems delight with feisty detail and move us with their honesty and directness. Maurice Riordan
She has plenty to say through the medium of poetry as well as highly developed linguistic and rhetorical gifts . Christopher Reid
The dignified treatment of death, the plaintiveness of memory, the beautifully confident use of the big old words, the sheer candour of the feeling, all make this a body of work I am grateful to have read. Professor F. Inglis
Angela Kirby is one of poetry's most naturally engaging and expressive communicators. Her poems have been rightly appreciated for their candour, and elegance of form. Cat's Night Out