Deryn Rees-Jones was born in Liverpool with family links to North Wales, where she later studied. She has published four books of poetry with Seren: The Memory Tray (1995), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, Signs Round a Dead Body (1998), Quiver (2004), and Burying the Wren (2012), which was shortlisted for the T.S Eliot Prize. Her critical study, Consorting with Angels and her accompanying anthology Modern Women Poets were published by Bloodaxe in 2005. In 2004 she was named as one of Mslexia’s 'top ten' women poets of the decade, and in 2010 she won a Cholmondeley Award. She is Professor of Poetry at the University of Liverpool, and editor of Liverpool University Press's new Pavilion poetry imprint.
Books by Deryn Rees-Jones