photograph Honorary degree for Anne Stevenson

NCLA is delighted to announce that Anne Stevenson, one of the most distinguished contemporary poets, has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Newcastle University.

After moving to the North East in 1981 as a Northern Arts Literary Fellow, Anne chose to make her home in the region.  Inaugural winner of the Northern Rock Foundation Writer’s Award in 2002, her writing has attracted several accolades including a Lifetime Achievement award from the Lannan Foundation.

In his citation, Professor Paul Chinnery says of Anne:

‘She has written a wide and imaginative range of works using a formidable and characteristic technique.  Her life has been dedicated to her written art, making her one of the most notable poets of her generation.
Anne’s work displays an unyielding seriousness about the art of poetry. Sometimes spare, it is always striking, and is distinguished by a clear-sighted grasp of the essential seriousness of the poet’s vocation, leavened by a mischievous humour that never allows that seriousness to lapse into pomposity.’

To celebrate her award Anne's poem 'Making Poetry', taken from the prologue of her book Poems 1955 -2005 (Bloodaxe, 2005), has been selected to launch the NCLA's texts archive.

Further information about Anne’s writing and life is available on her website.

published on: 20th May 2010

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