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Amy Blakemore

22 May 2014

Amy Blakemore

Amy Blakemore was born in Deptford, London in 1991. She started writing poetry at the age of fifteen, primarily out of spite. She was named a Foyle Young Poet of the Year twice, in 2006 and 2007. She read English Language & Literature at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

In 2009, The Guardian named her one of ‘Top Ten Rising Stars of British Poetry’. Her work has been featured in a number of magazines and zines, including The Morning Star, Magma, Brittle Star, Rising, Cadaverine, S/S/Y/K, FuseLit and Pomegranate. In 2011, she performed at the poetry arena at Latitude, and in 2013 at a BBC Prom Plus event at The Royal Albert Hall.

Her work is featured in  Bloodaxe’s Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (2009).

A pamphlet of her poems was published by Nasty Little Press in 2012, as part of the Nasty Little Intros series. Her collection Humbert Summer won the 2014 Melita Hume Poetry Prize.