Linda France was born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, and now lives close to Hadrian’s Wall, near Hexham, in Northumberland.

Her eight full-length poetry collections include: The Simultaneous Dress (Bloodaxe 2002) and The Toast of the Kit Cat Club (Bloodaxe 2005), a biography in verse of the 18th century traveller and writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; book of days, a year renga, with ceramic fragments by Sue Dunne (Smokestack Books 2009), You are Her (Arc Publications 2010) and Reading the Flowers (Arc 2016). Linda also edited the acclaimed anthology Sixty Women Poets (Bloodaxe 1993), a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. She has published several pamphlets – the most recent, a limited edition bilingual collaboration with Bulgarian artist Svoboda Tzekova and poet-translator Nadya Radulova, Month of Shadows, 2017.

Linda was the first Arts Foundation Poetry Fellow in 1993, Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1997, a Hawthornden Fellow in 1999 and 2007, Leverhulme Artist in Residence at Moorbank Botanic Garden, University of Newcastle (2010-11), Policy and Enterprise Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Durham University (2013), Poet in Residence at Cheeseburn Sculpture (2014-16 – Compass, a collaboration with sound recordist Chris Watson premiered in Summer 2016) and Creative Writing Fellow at Leeds University (2015-16).  Her poem ‘Bernard and Cerinthe’ won the Poetry Society’s 2013 National Poetry Competition.  Linda has taught on Newcastle University’s Creative Writing MA since its inception and is currently researching a Creative Practice-led PhD on Victorian women’s visibility in relation to the Northumbrian landscape.



Photo: Lucinda Douglas-Menzies