Miriam Gamble was born in Brussels in 1980 and grew up in Belfast. She studied at Oxford and at Queen’s University Belfast, where she completed a PhD in contemporary British and Irish poetry. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007, and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award in 2010. Her pamphlet, This Man's Town, was published by tall-lighthouse in 2007. Her first book-length collection, The Squirrels Are Dead, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2010 and won her a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. Her second collection, Pirate Music, was published by Bloodaxe in 2014, followed by a third collection What Planet in 2019. What Planet won the 2020 Pigott Poetry Prize, Ireland's richest poetry award. She lectures in creative writing at Edinburgh University.
Correfoc by Miriam Gamble
This poem film is one of four made by Bloodaxe poets in collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Ian Cottage in 2020. The poets were asked to create a poem in response to images that Ian had filmed pre-lockdown, in Spain and North East England. The result is four poem films made during the COVID-19 lockdown. The other three poem films were made with Robyn Bolam, Philip Gross and Helen Ivory (click on their names to view).