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Caroline Bird

From Rookie: Selected Poems by Caroline Bird (Carcanet £12.99). Copyright Caroline Bird, published by kind permission of Carcanet Press Ltd.

Caroline Bird is a poet and playwright, with six collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, The Air Year, won The Forward Prize for Best Collection 2020, and was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and The Polari Prize. Her fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize and The Ted Hughes Award.

She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2001 and the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008 and 2010. A two-time winner of the Foyles Young Poets Award, her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published in 2002 when she was fifteen. She was one of the five official poets at the 2012 London Olympics. She lives in Kent.

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