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Helen Dunmore has died | 06-Jun-17

The poet, novelist, short story and children's writer, Helen Dunmore has died aged 64. She had been suffering from cancer. 

Born in 1952 in Beverly, Yorkshire, Helen grew up in a bookish household and went on to study English at York University. She was just 22 when she published her first collection, The Apple Fall, with Bloodaxe Books. One of the first Bloodaxe writers, Dunmore went on to publish all her poetry with them. Her most recent collection, Inside the Wave, came out in April this year and dwelt on mortality and the borders between the living and the dead - "To be alive is to be inside the wave, always travelling until it breaks and is gone."

Dunmore was an exquisite writer and talented poet. Her works have given the Poetry Book Society Choice and Recommendations, Cardiff International Poetry Prize, Alice Hunt Bartlett Award and Signal Poetry Award, and Bestiary was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her poem 'The Malarkey' won the 2010 National Poetry Competition. She published twelve novels and three books of short stories with Penguin, including A Spell of Winter (1995), winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction.

Famous for her generosity to other writers. Dunmore taught on Arvon Foundation courses, set up a Bristol poetry group, worked on the management committee of the Society of Authors and was, for a year, its chair. She was a trustee of the Royal Literary Fund.

Read more about Helen Dunmore's life and career on The Guardian and Bloodaxe Books 


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