Carol Rumens

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Carol Rumens FRSL (born 10 December 1944 Forest Hill, South London) is a British poet.


Carol Rumens was born in Forest Hill, South London. She won a scholarship to grammar school and later studied Philosophy at London University, but left before completing her degree. She gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Writing for the Stage (with Distinction) from City College Manchester in 2001.

She taught at University of Kent at Canterbury (1983-5), Queen's University Belfast (1991-3 and 1995-8)), University College Cork (1994), University of Stockholm (1999), and University of Hull.[1] As visiting Professor of Creative Writing, she now teaches at the University of Wales, Bangor.[2] and the University of Hull.

Rumens was Poetry Editor for the publisher Quarto (1982-4) and the Literary Review (1984–1988). Her work has appeared in The Guardian,[3] and Harper's.[4] She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1984.[5]


  • 1981 Alice Hunt Bartlett Award (joint winner) Unplayed Music
  • 1981 New Statesman Prudence Farmer Award An Easter Garland
  • 1984 Cholmondeley Award
  • 1998 Belfast Arts Award for Literature (shortlist) Holding Pattern
  • 1998 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single Poem) (shortlist - A Day in the Life of Farmer Dream)
  • 2001 Cardiff International Poetry Competition (Fourth Prize - Kings of the Playground)
  • 2001 National Poetry Competition (Stay in Touch)
  • 2002 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single Poem) (shortlist)





  • Making for the Open: The Chatto Book of Post-Feminist Poetry 1964-1984. Chatto & Windus. 1985. ISBN 978-0-7011-2848-7. 
  • Slipping Glimpses: Winter Poetry Supplement (editor) Poetry Book Society, 1985
  • New Women Poets. Bloodaxe. 1990. ISBN 978-1-85224-145-2. 
  • Two Women Dancing: New and Selected Poems of Elizabeth Bartlett (editor) Bloodaxe, 1995
  • Old City, New Rumours: A Hull Anthology (editor Five Leaves Press, 2010


  • Nearly Siberia (Pascal Theatre Company, Newcastle and London, 1989)
  • The Freak of the Week Show (EyeSpy Theatre Company, East Didsbury Studio, Manchester, 2001)
  • Suzanne Hecabe (Arden School of Theatre, Manchester, 2002).


  • Pencil Letter /Irina Ratushinskaya (translator) Bloodaxe, 1988
  • The Poetry of Perestroika. Translator Carol Rumens, Richard McKane. Iron Press. 1990. ISBN 978-0-906228-35-7. 
  • After Pushkin (contributor) Carcanet, 2000 with Yuri Drobyshev
  • Yevgenii Rein: Selected Poems (translator) Bloodaxe, 2001



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
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  3. ^ Rumens, Carol (8 July 2008). "<img class="contributor-pic" src="" alt="Picture of Carol Rumens" title="Carol Rumens" />". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
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  5. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 

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