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Yvonne Reddick | Bloodaxe Books

Yvonne Reddick is an award-winning writer, editor, ecopoetry scholar and climber. She has received a Leadership Fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Poetry Society’s inaugural Peggy Poole Award, a Northern Writers' Award and a Creative Futures Literary Award. Her work has appeared in The Guardian. The Poetry Review and The New Statesman, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC North West Tonight. She has published four pamphlets, including Translating Mountains (Seren, 2017), winner of the Mslexia Women's Pamphlet Competition, and Spikenard (Laureate’s Choice, 2019), which was a poetry recommendation for early 2019 in the London Review of Books.

Her first book-length collection, Burning Season (Bloodaxe Books, 2023), won The Laurel Prize 2023 Best UK First Collection and was shortlisted for Scottish Poetry Book of the Year 2023 in Scotland's National Book Awards. The title poem from Burning Season won third prize in the Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry 2022. Her other publications include Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet and Magma: The Anthropocene Issue (as editor), which was met with the BBC news headline ‘Poets print climate change poetry on recycled paper with vegetable oil ink.’ She is also a book critic for The Times Literary Supplement.

Born in Glasgow in 1986, Yvonne Reddick grew up in Aberdeen, Kuwait City and South East England. She currently lives in Manchester. Her writing reflects the landscapes she has experienced, their environments, and the impacts of the oil industry on many of them.

Yvonne Reddick’s research has revealed that Ted Hughes lobbied politicians about pollution, and that Seamus Heaney sold poems to raise funds for bog conservation. She has published climate change poetry by former oil geologists, and run nature writing workshops for organisations from Warwick Book Festival to the Ramblers. She holds a Readership in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Central Lancashire. Her latest work includes a nature writing project, Fire on Winter Hill, and presenting and writing the wildlife documentary Searching for Snow Hares, in collaboration with filmmaker Aleksander Domanski.

Author photo: Alastair Levy

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