Gillian Allnutt interview on Radio 3

Gillian Allnutt interview on Radio 3

County Durham poet Gillian Allnutt was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2016 by the Queen on 21 February 2017.  The Medal, awarded for excellence in poetry, was made on the basis of Gillian Allnutt’s body of work.  Her poetry has been published by Bloodaxe Books since 1994. 

Gillian Allnutt’s 2007 retrospective How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems drew on six published books, including her T S Eliot Prize-shortlisted Bloodaxe collections Nantucket and the Angel and Lintel.  Her most recent collection is indwelling (Bloodaxe Books, 2013).



Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3, Thursday 23 February 2017, 10pm

A fifteen-minute interview with Gillian Allnutt aired on Radio 3’s Free Thinking on 23 February.  She was in conversation with Philip Dodd about her poetry and her reaction to winning the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.  She read her poem ‘Rain’ from How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems and ‘Shostakovich’ from her 2013 collection indwelling, accompanied by the piece of music that prompted the poem.

‘Gillian Allnutt discusses a life in words and winning the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.’

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(Intro & Gillian’s interview from 27.18.  Available to download)



A poem from How the Bicycle Shone was discussed by Carol Rumens in her Guardian Poem of the Week column:

'... Allnutt writes from a strongly personal sense of history. Sometimes described as a "spiritual" poet, she belongs to the contemplative tradition, and she is scholarly and deft in handling religious subject-matter. But her poems love the world, too. They have a lapidary quality, and are brightly dotted with the names, places, small scenes and treasured objects of everyday life...How the Bicycle Shone is a remarkably cohesive volume, showing how faithful Allnutt has remained to her imaginative sources. The poems often interrelate, even across decades, and much of the collection is best read as an extended sequence.... to fully savour the craft of one of the most trustworthy poets currently writing, you need to read the book.' - Carol Rumens, Guardian Poem of the Week

Click here to read the poem and the full commentary

[27 February 2017]

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