Two more poets are to spend time this summer at William Wordsworth’s home near Ambleside, writing and meeting visitors to the house.
Kerry Darbishire and James Byrne join Kieron Winn as “poets in residence” at Rydal Mount, as part of the celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth.
Each will spend a week living and working at the house where visitors come to see the place where some of the world’s greatest poetry was written.
Kerry Darbishire lives on a Cumbrian fellside where most of her poetry is rooted. Since her mentorship with Judy Brown, poet in residence at the Wordsworth Trust in 2013, her poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies and have won many prizes.
Her first poetry collection, A Lift of Wings was published in 2014. Kay’s Ark, the story of her mother, was published in 2016. Her second poetry collection, Distance Sweet on My Tongue, was published in 2018; this gained Kerry a finalist place in the Cumbria Culture Awards. She was longlisted in the prestigious Bridport Prize 2017, and she reads her work at many Cumbrian venues.
Kerry is a member of the Brewery Poets, Dove Cottage Poets, Write on the Farm Poets and Barrow Poets and is a regular Poetry School online course student. She is currently working on her third poetry collection. She is the great great great niece of the composer Frederick Delius.
Poet, editor, and translator James Byrne, who lives in Liverpool, is the author of the poetry collections Everything that is Broken Up Dances (2015), White Coins (2015), and Blood/Sugar (2009). He earned an MFA in poetry from New York University, where he was awarded a Stein Fellowship.
James was the poet in residence at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University in England. He is the international editor for Arc Publications and the editor of The Wolf, which he co-founded in 2002.
James Byrne’s poems have been translated into several languages—including Arabic, Burmese, and Chinese—and he has given poetry readings across the world.
He co-translated and co-edited Bones Will Crow , the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poetry to be published in English. He is the co-editor of Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century, and editor of The Wolf: A Decade (2012). He is currently coediting Atlantic Drift: an Anthology of Poetry & Poetics, featuring poets from the US, UK, and Canada.
Kieron Winn, whose residency was announced last year, has twice won the University of Oxford’s most valuable literary award, the English Poem on a Sacred Subject Prize. Kieron’s first collection of poems, The Mortal Man, was published in 2015.
He lives on Osney Island in Oxford, and is a freelance teacher of creative writing and English literature, including to visiting students from the Stanford University programme in Oxford and from Lady Margaret Hall, where he has recently been poet in residence. Increasingly he visits schools to talk to pupils about form and structure in poetry.
His poems have appeared in British and American magazines, including The London Magazine, New Statesman, Oxford Magazine, The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement. Selections of his poems also appear in anthologies and he has read his poems on BBC TV and radio.
Curator of Rydal Mount, Emily Heath, said that the residences were an exciting part of the programme of anniversary celebrations. “We are looking forward to what these three wonderful poets will write when they are here, working under the inspiration of William Wordsworth.”