About Anne Caldwell

I grew up in the north-west of England and have been a keen reader all my life. My poetry has been published in a range of anthologies – Poet’s Cheshire (Headland) and The Nerve (Virago) and three books by Cinnamon Press who have also published two full length collections. My work has appeared in many British magazines including The Rialto, Writing Women, The North, Poetry Wales and Quattrocento. I finished an MA in writing poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007 and in 2015 I started a PhD. I perform all over the UK. My poetry collection Talking With The Dead was published by Cinnamon Press and sold out.  My latest collection of poetry is also published by Cinnamon – Painting the Spiral Staircase

I won an award to attend the Wired Writing Programme at The Banff Centre in Canada in 2006 which involved staying in Banff for two weeks and then working alongside Canadian writers until April 2007. I also ran a company called Sources that specialised in using text and visual art together with digital artist Jack Lockhart. We were commissioned to produce a poetry /animation for National Poetry Day in the UK in 2006 and were in residence with IOU Theatre Company in Dean Clough, Halifax in 2007.

More recently I have become an academic and teacher. I have been widely anthologised and was long-listed in the National Poetry Competition in 2014 and short-listed in The Rialto Pamphlet competition in 2017.  I have worked as a lecturer in creative writing at The University of Bolton and was Programme Manager for NAWE. I was also the Literature Programme Manager at the British Council in the north, in 2016 and I am now freelance and working as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University.  

I am available for freelance workshops and readings with schools, community groups and other educational settings.  I have worked at The Bronte Parsonage Museum, The Wordsworth Trust and have been a judge for The Ted Hughes Festival and Poetry by Heart competitions. 

Contact email a.caldwell@virgin.net

To read some of my work please go to my poems page on this site

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