Jane Griffiths (poet)

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Jane Griffiths (born 1970) is a British poet and literary historian.

Career and writings[edit]

Griffiths was born in Exeter, England, and brought up in the Netherlands. She studied English at Oxford University, where she won the Newdigate prize for her poem "The House". After working as a bookbinder in London and Norfolk, she returned to Oxford to gain a doctorate with a dissertation on the Tudor poet John Skelton, and became an editor on the Oxford English Dictionary. Her poetry gained her an Eric Gregory Award in 1996.[1]

Griffiths taught at Oxford University’s St. Edmund Hall, before becoming a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She was appointed a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Bristol in 2007.[2] In 2012, she left her position as Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bristol to become a CUF Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow of Wadham College. [3] According to her university page, Jane works primarily on the poetry and drama of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Her first monograph on John Skelton was published by Oxford University Press (OUP) in 2005 and she is working on a second monograph, on marginal glosses, which is also to be published by OUP.

Griffiths' fourth collection of poetry Terrestrial Variations was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2012. [4] Her collection Another Country was short-listed for the 2008 Forward Poetry Prize.[5]

Poetry volumes[edit]


  1. ^ Signals magazine site: Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  2. ^ Publisher's site biography: Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  3. ^ Oxford, Wadham College. "Dr.Jane Griffiths". Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jane Griffiths". Bloodaxe Books. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Brown, Mark (2008-08-01). "Emerging artists on shortlist for most valuable poetry prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-04-11. . The collection was reviewed in The Guardian on March 18, 2008 Retrieved 4 April 2011. after the poem "Incident" from it had appeared there on 26 January 2008: Retrieved 4 April 2011.