Liz Lefroy

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Elizabeth ("Liz") Lefroy (born 9 December 1964) is a British poet.


Lefroy's first publication was Pretending the Weather (2011)[1] Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales, said of it, "Liz Lefroy’s first slim pamphlet is a triumph. These delicately told human moments sound with the perfect pitch of a true poet. Using not a word too many, she lets us read between the lines.”

Pretending The Weather was [2] followed by The Gathering (2012), a meditation on the Anglican liturgy set to music by Brian Evans. It premiered at the 2012 St Chad's Music Festival, Shrewsbury.[3] Her most recent collection is Mending the Ordinary (2014).[4] Of this, Philip Gross wrote, "Nothing is ordinary in these poems, in the sense of unremarkable. They deal with moments that come in the order of our lives, with people growing, leaving, passing or being remembered. But the effect of the poems is to lift them slightly out of time, into a perspective that is tender and quizzical, alert for more."

Lefroy's poems have also appeared in Shoestring, Mslexia, Magma, The Frogmore Papers.[5] Ink, Sweat and Tears,[6] Writers’ Hub Wenlock Poetry Anthologies 2013, 2015 and 2016, The Writing Room, The Emergency Poet Anthology (edited by Deborah Alma, 2015), and the Picador Anthology celebrating independent bookshops: Off the Shelf - A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse, edited by Carol Ann Duffy (2016).

Other collaborations include performances of Sweet Thunder: A Show in Three Layers, with Lucy Aphramor and Amy Godfrey. Its tour included the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 and 2015, Shrewsbury, Coventry and Manchester.[7] She wrote poems to accompany the photographs of Alex Ramsay's OS for the Presteigne Festival (2014).[8] She was part of the Maligned Species project (2015-16 Fair Acre Press

Events and appearances[edit]

In 2012 Lefroy founded Shrewsbury Poetry,[9] a monthly event in which local and national poets perform their work. This outgrew its venue in 2014 and is now at the Old Post Office, Milk Street, also in Shrewsbury on the first Thursday of every month. Guest writers have included Andrew McMillan, Helena Attlee, James Sheard, Jonathan Edwards, Fred D'Aguiar, Helen Ivory, Martin Figura, Adam Horovitz, Lucy English, Rosie Shepperd, Katrina Naomi, Matthew Stewart, Ross Donlon, Naomi Paul, Gareth Owen, Paul Deaton and Philip Gross.

She appears regularly on BBC Radio Shropshire as a guest of Ryan Kennedy, reading poetry and highlighting forthcoming poetry events in and around Shropshire.[10] She featured at a poetry reading in November 2014 in Shrewsbury with Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke.[11] was curator of the Poetry Busk at the Wenlock Poetry Festival 2015 and 2016 where she has also given readings alongside James Sheard, Kathleen Jamie, Andrew McMillan and Don Paterson. She was part of the Shore to Shore Tour in June 2016 and performed in Bridgnorth alongside Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dhakar, Jackie Kay and musician John Sampson.


In 2011 she won the first Roy Fisher Prize, an award for new work in poetry which is endowed by Carol Ann Duffy.[12] She was highly commended in the Bridport Poetry Prize 2015. She won first prize in the Café Writers Competition 2016, and was Runner Up in the Wigtown Festival Competition 2017.


Lefroy has worked at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, an educational institution in North Wales, since 2006 as a senior lecturer in social work. Prior to this she worked in Edinburgh as a lecturer in an FE (further education) college and an education officer in local authority day services for people with learning disabilities. After moving to Shropshire she worked first for the local authority and then to the voluntary sector where she managed a staff team supporting people with visual impairments and complex needs.


She was educated at South Hampstead High School, London and Durham University (St Mary's College) and thereafter did post-graduate degrees first in Psychology and then Creative Writing at Keele University. She also has a PGCE[disambiguation needed] from Bristol University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Pretending the Weather, Long Face Press (March 2011), ISBN 0956850308
  • The Gathering, Long Face Press (2012), ISBN 978-0-9568503-3-1
  • Mending the Ordinary, Fair Acre Press (31 May 2014) ISBN 0956827578


  1. ^ Pretending the Weather. Long Face Press. March 2011. p. 28. ISBN 978-0956850300.
  2. ^ Lefroy, Liz. "Liz Lefroy". Writers Hub. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  3. ^ "St Chad's Festival".
  4. ^ Mending the Ordinary. Fair Acre Press. May 31, 2014. ISBN 978-0956827579.
  5. ^ "Frogmore Papers 79". The Frogmore Press. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  6. ^ "An Ancient Settlement". Ink, Sweat and Tears. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Threesome – at Shrewsbury Coffee House December 2013". Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Alex Ramsay's Os in Presteigne". Retrieved 7 December 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  9. ^ "Coffee House Poetry".
  10. ^ "Shrewsbury Poetry Stanza". Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Carol Ann Duffy launches Young Shropshire Poet Laureate search". Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Roy Fisher Prize". Retrieved 7 December 2014.

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