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U(rsula) A(skham) Fanthorpe
(1929 - living) U.K.

U A Fanthorpe



Born in Kent, she was educated in Surrey and at St Anne's College, Oxford from 1949 to 1953, then at the University of London Institute of Education from 1953 to 1954 where she obtained a teaching diploma. She became an assistant English teacher, and then later head of English at the independent girls' school, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Gloucestershire.

Fanthorpe found the teaching post demanding and left in 1972 to take a job as an admissions clerk in a Bristol Hospital which she did until 1983. She found time to start writing poetry, and when she was nearly 50 she compiled her first collection as Side Effects in 1978.

U A FanthorpeFrom 1983 to 1985 she was the Arts Cooncil Writing Fellow at St Martin's College, Lancaster. From 1987 to 1988 she was a Northern Arts Literary Fellow at the universities of Newcastle and Durham. Her collections have all been published from Liskeard in Cornwall. In 1994 she was the first women to be nominated for the post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford.

Fanthorpe is one of England's best, most popular, and prolific poets, renowned for her entertaining and moving readings. She was the first woman ever to be nominated for the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry. U A Fanthorpe is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was made CBE in 2001, for services to poetry.


Source: The Knitting Circle, U.K., http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html - et alii

Her work include:

  • Side Effects (1978)
  • Four Dogs (1980)
  • Standing To (1982)
  • Voices Off (1984)
  • A Watching Brief (1987)
  • U. A. Fanthorpe: Selected Poems (1989)
  • Neck-verse (1992)
  • Sauce (1994)
  • Safe as Houses (1995)
  • Selected Poems. Penguin Modern Poets (1996)
  • Penguin Modern Poets 6. Double act (1997)
  • Poetry Quartets 5 (1999)
  • Consequences (2000)
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