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and in the shop…
collections –
“Angels on Horseback”
Shearsman Books;
“The Walls Have Angels”
“No Doves”,
and “Some Languages are Hard to Dream In”
(chapbook, also avail in Romanian translation)
Mulfran Press;
“Cloud Camera”
Two Rivers Press;
others –
“The Glass House”
and “Ordinary Treasure”



Lesley Saunders is the author of ten books of poetry; individual poems of hers have been widely anthologised and published, including in Ambit, Areté, ARTEMISpoetry, Envoi, Frogmore Papers, London Review of Books, Magma, Mslexia, Poetry London, P N Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Rialto, The Interpreter’s House, The North, Warwick Review. She is a featured poet in New Poetries VI (Carcanet 2015). Among numerous awards and prizes (including longlistings in the National Poetry Competition 2014 and 2015), her poem The Uses of Greek was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem, and she was joint winner of the inaugural Manchester Poetry Prize in 2008. Her collection Cloud Camera was described by Michael Hulse in The Poetry Review as ‘the most intelligent and thrilling book of poetry I’ve seen in several years’.
Lesley has performed her work at festivals and on the radio, and worked on collaborative projects with artists, photographers, sculptors, dancers, and a composer and choir. She runs writing workshops for major organisations as well as for local groups, and has held several residencies, most recently at the Oxford Museum of the History of Science. She undertakes editorial and mentoring work as well as book reviewing.
Her most recent collection, The Walls Have Angels, described in the Winter 2014 issue of the Poetry Book Society Bulletin as ‘a window into lives lived – past and present – and a song for survival’, was inspired by her residency at Acton Court, a hauntingly beautiful Tudor manor house and its summer visitors in 1535, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
In her career as educational researcher, Lesley holds Visiting Professorships at UCL Institute of Education, London, and Newman University, Birmingham, and is a Research Fellow at the Oxford University Department of Education.
Poetry books and pamphlets:
The Dark Larder. (Chapbook, with images by Peter Hay). Reading: Corridor Press (1997). ISBN 978-1897715154
Christina the Astonishing (with Jane Draycott and with images by Peter Hay). Reading: Two Rivers Press (1998). ISBN 978-1901677072
Her Leafy Eye (with images by Geoff Carr). Reading: Two Rivers Press (2009). ISBN 978-1901677669
No Doves. Cardiff: Mulfran Press (2010). ISBN 978-1907327087 [Translated into Romanian as Fără Porumbei, with a monograph, by Clementina Mihăilescu and Alexandra Mitrea]
Some Languages Are Hard To Dream In. (Chapbook, with images by Christopher Hedley-Dent). Cardiff: Mulfran Press (2010). ISBN 978-1907327094
Cloud Camera. Reading: Two Rivers Press (2012). ISBN 978-1901677812
Ordinary Treasure. Self-published; printed and bound by Chris Wilson at Thurlow Press (2012)
The Walls Have Angels. Cardiff: Mulfran Press (2014). ISBN 978-1907327230
The Glass House. Self-published; printed and bound by Chris Wilson at Thurlow Press (2014)
Periplous: the twelve voyages of Pytheas. (Chapbook) Bristol: Shearsman Books (forthcoming 2016)
(other publications and creative projects at www.lesleysaunders.org.uk)