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Angela Dove was born and brought up in Leeds, Yorkshire, and trained as an actor and theatre designer, following a 16 year career as a designer, she lectured in theatre design at Middlesex University. After starting a family, she combined writing with the post of information officer for The Poetry Society, including administration for The National Poetry Competition and instigating and running the first Poetry Surgeries.

She now lives in East London where she writes, researches internationally, and consults in diversity issues, and in the links between physical space and learning.  She is a visiting lecturer at The Cass Business School, City of London, and is an associate member of and trainer for The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and has worked with the Museums and Archives Council, and the Swedish Association for Information Professionals.  Her recent two-year diversity programme for Heritage Link; Embracing Difference, ran across five English regions, funded by English Heritage.  www.heritagelink.org.uk/diversity

Angela founded the acclaimed series of London poetry events, Cats Night Out, the only sustained series of reading events in London that  concentrated on promoting women poets: with seasons at The Poetry Café, The Voice Box, and The Drill Hall.

She is the author of a collection of poetry,  Cabinet of Wonders (2002), published by Vernier Press.  Her poetry has appeared in many publications including Magma, The Wolf, Poetry Review, Poetry London, Thumbscrew, The Journal of The Royal Society of Literature and The Interpreter’s House, also in several anthologies including: A Poem for Buddy:   published by Stride, Parents: published by Enitharmon and in the Second Light anthology, Four Caves of The Heart.

Her poems were highly commended in two consecutive years of The Bridport Literary Prize. In 2011, her poem, Chamberlen's Forceps, was commended in the Hippocrates Poetry Prize, and appears in the competition anthology (more at www.hippocrates-poetry.org).

In 2003 UA Fanthorpe chose her to be her “sorcerer’s apprentice”, joining herself, Rosie Bailey, Peter Porter and Jacob Polley in a reading at the Royal Society of Literature; called “Sorcerers Apprentices”, where two of our most highly acclaimed poets introduced the work of an “up and coming” poet they admire.

“This is wild disturbing poetry; ‘Cabinet of Wonders’ is a genuinely exciting collection, a curtain raiser certainly, to a distinguished career”…

UA Fanthorpe

 hear Angela read "Self-Portrait as a Drowned Man" at Poetry Archives
(from Magma 34, 2006)


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on 'Is poetry 'Just' another form of therapy' 

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