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|Born||10 February 1934|
Papakura, New Zealand
|Spouse||Alistair Campbell (divorced)|
Barry Crump (divorced)
Life and career
Fleur Adcock was born in Papakura, the oldest of two sisters. She spent 1939 to 1947 in England. Her father was Cyril John Adcock and her sister is the novelist Marilyn Duckworth. Adcock studied Classics at Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with an MA. She worked as an assistant lecturer and later an assistant librarian at the University of Otago in Dunedin until 1962. She was married to two famous New Zealand literary personalities. In August 1952 she married Alistair Campbell (divorced 1958). Then in February 1962 she married Barry Crump, divorcing in 1963.
In 1963, Adcock returned to England and took up a post as an assistant librarian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London until 1979. Since then she has been a freelance writer, living in East Finchley, north London. She has held several literary fellowships, including the Northern Arts Literary Fellowship in Newcastle upon Tyne and Durham in 1979–81.
Adcock's poetry is typically concerned with themes of place, human relationships and everyday activities, but frequently with a dark twist given to the mundane events she writes about. Formerly, her early work was influenced by her training as a classicist but her more recent work is looser in structure and more concerned with the world of the unconscious mind.
- 1964: The Eye of the Hurricane, Wellington: Reed
- 1967: Tigers, London: Oxford University Press
- 1971: High Tide in the Garden, London: Oxford University Press
- 1974: The Scenic Route, London and New York: Oxford University Press
- 1979: The Inner Harbour, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press
- 1979: Below Loughrigg, Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books
- 1983: Selected Poems, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press
- 1986: Hotspur: a ballad, Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books ISBN 978-1-85224-001-1
- 1986: The Incident Book, Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press
- 1988: Meeting the Comet, Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books
- 1991: Time-zones, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press
- 1997: Looking Back, Oxford and Auckland: Oxford University Press
- 2000: Poems 1960–2000, Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books ISBN 978-1-85224-530-6
- 2010: Dragon Talk, Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books  ISBN 978-1-85224-878-9
- 2013: Glass Wings, Tarset: Bloodaxe Books and Wellington, NZ: Victoria University Press.
- 2014: The Land Ballot, Wellington, NZ: Victoria University Press, Tarset: Bloodaxe Books.
- 2017: Hoard, Wellington, NZ: Victoria University Press, Hexham: Bloodaxe Books.
Edited or translated
- 1982: Editor, Oxford Book of Contemporary New Zealand Poetry, Auckland: Oxford University Press
- 1983: Translator, The Virgin and the Nightingale: Medieval Latin poems, Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books, ISBN 978-0-906427-55-2
- 1987: Editor, Faber Book of 20th Century Women's Poetry, London and Boston: Faber and Faber
- 1989: Translator, Orient Express: Poems. Grete Tartler, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press
- 1992: Translator, Letters from Darkness: Poems, Daniela Crasnaru, Oxford: Oxford University Press
- 1994: Translator and editor, Hugh Primas and the Archpoet, Cambridge, England, and New York: Cambridge University Press
- 1995: Editor (with Jacqueline Simms), The Oxford Book of Creatures, verse and prose anthology, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Awards and honours
- 1961: Festival of Wellington Poetry Award
- 1964: New Zealand State Literary Fund Award
- 1968: Buckland Award (New Zealand)
- 1968: Jessie Mackay Prize (New Zealand)
- 1972: Jessie Mackay Prize (New Zealand)
- 1976: Cholmondeley Award (United Kingdom)
- 1979: Buckland Award (New Zealand)
- 1984: New Zealand National Book Award
- 1984: Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
- 1988: Arts Council Writers' Award (United Kingdom)
- 1996: Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to New Zealand literature
- 2006: Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry (United Kingdom)
- 2008: Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to literature.
- Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Results of Chronologies query on Adcock, Fleur within tag Name within all event types, with most comprehensive selectivity, for 0612--BC to 2018-11-28AD, long form results within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online, 2006. http://orlando.cambridge.org/. 28 November 2018.
- Web page titled "Fleur Adcock" Archived 9 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine at the "British Council / Contemporary Writers in the UK website, accessed 26 April 2008
- Fleur Adcock – Poetry Archive Biog
- Adcock Biog Emory University
- "Fleur Adcock" Archived 21 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine at the University of Auckland Library website, accessed 26 April 2008
- at The Poetry Library website, accessed 10 December, 2016
- at The Poetry Library website, accessed 10 December, 2016
- at The Poetry Library website, accessed 16 January, 2018
- "Current RSL Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- "Queen's Birthday Honours 2008". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2 June 2008. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
- Profile and analysis, Emory University
- "Sonnets – Fleur Adcock". BBC Radio 4 archive. (Audio 5 mins) Friday 30 May 2003
- Adcock discussing her Selected Poems with Andrew Motion. British Library recording. 14 July 1983 (1 hr, audio)
- Poetry Archive profile with poems written and audio
- Portrait at the National Portrait Gallery
- Review by Herbert Lomas of Poems 1960–2000 by Adcock in Ambit No 161 – 2000
- Interview with Adcock "Final touch" The Guardian 29 July 2000
- Guardian book review of Dragon Talk 15 May 2010
- Archival material at Leeds University Library