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Leslie Saunders

A member of the Brickwork Poets


Lesley Saunders is a poet and education consultant.  Amongst several prestigious prizes and awards, her poem 'The Uses of Greek' was shortlisted for the Best Single Poem in the Forward Prize 1999; in 2008 she was awarded joint first prize in the Manchester Poetry competition for a portfolio of poems, and was a finalist in their 2010 competition.  Lesley has performed at many venues, including The Troubadour and the Voicebox, South Bank Centre.

Her books include a co-authored volume with Jane Draycott and artist Peter Hay, Christina the Astonishing (Two Rivers Press, 1998); Her Leafy Eye, a collaboration with the artist Geoff Carr (Two Rivers Press, 2009); No Doves (Mulfran Press 2010); and most recently Some Languages Are Hard to Dream In, a pamphlet with images by Christoper Hedley-Dent (Mulfran Press 2010).

Lesley had held several poetry residences and is involved in various collaborations and commissions.  She runs creative writing workshops and especially enjoys working with less experienced writers.

‘She shares with fine poets like Jane Draycott and Charles Tomlinson an incredibly clear-eyed perception in language which is as musical as it is exact… Lesley Saunders is a very exciting and interesting writer who deserves your closer attention.’ David Morley

‘I knew that Lesley Saunders was on to the real right thing the moment I first read a poem of hers, In Praise of Felt Tips, back in 1987… She is an exciting poet.’ Anthony Thwaite

‘Lesley Saunders makes a sparkling debut with The Dark Larder… Her poems are vivid, edgy and accomplished.’ Helen Dunmore












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