Carol Rumens

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

Life[edit]

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 2002.

She taught at University of Kent at Canterbury (1983–85), Queen's University Belfast (1991–93 and 1995–98), University College Cork (1994), University of Stockholm (1999), and University of Hull.[1] As visiting Professor of Creative Writing, she has taught at the University of Wales, Bangor,[2] and later at the University of Hull.

Rumens was Poetry Editor for the publisher Quarto (1982–84) and the Literary Review (1984–88). 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]

Awards[edit]

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

Works[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • "Girl, Got; Direct Train; December in Chapultepec Park, Mexico City; Dotage". Acorn 15. Archived from the original on 2008-05-18.
  • A Strange Girl in Bright Colours. Quartet. 1973.
  • A Necklace of Mirrors Ulsterman, 1978
  • Unplayed Music. Secker & Warburg. 1981.
  • Scenes from the Gingerbread House. Bloodaxe. 1982. ISBN 978-0-906427-27-9.
  • Star Whisper. Secker & Warburg. 1983. ISBN 978-0-436-43901-8.
  • Direct Dialling. Chatto & Windus. 1985. ISBN 978-0-7011-2911-8.
  • Icon Waves The Star Wheel Press, 1986
  • Selected Poems. Chatto & Windus. 1987. ISBN 978-0-7011-3201-9.
  • The Greening of the Snow Beach. Bloodaxe. 1988. ISBN 978-1-85224-062-2.
  • From Berlin to Heaven. Chatto & Windus. 1989.
  • Thinking of Skins: New and Selected Poems. Bloodaxe. 1993. ISBN 978-1-85224-280-0.
  • Best China Sky. Bloodaxe. 1995. ISBN 978-1-85224-337-1.
  • The Miracle Diet. Bloodaxe. 1997. ISBN 978-1-85224-418-7.
  • Holding Pattern. Blackstaff Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-85640-638-6.
  • Hex. Bloodaxe. 2002. ISBN 978-1-85224-602-0.
  • Selected Poems 1968-2004. Bloodaxe. 2004. ISBN 978-1-85224-680-8.
  • Blind Spots. Seren. 2008. ISBN 978-1-85411-465-5.
  • De Chirico's Threads. Seren. 2010. ISBN 978-1-85411-534-8.
  • The Emigree

Novels[edit]

Editor[edit]

  • 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

Plays[edit]

  • 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).

Translations[edit]

  • 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

Non-fiction[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 July 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Carol Rumens". University of Wales, Bangor. Archived from the original on 10 November 2007.
  3. ^ ""Carol Rumens"". London: The Guardian. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  4. ^ Rumens, Carol (January 2005). "Welsh Stream". Harper's. Vol. 310 no. 1856. Harper's Foundation. p. 16. Retrieved 14 December 2018.(subscription required)
  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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