School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Anna Woodford

Royal Literary Fund Fellow


You can make an appointment to see me online on Monday or Thursday during term time.  I can advise you on any aspect of  your writing from essays and dissertations to personal statements, CVs or web presentations. You can bring along a draft to discuss, or just come with an essay question if you'd like to talk through how to get started. You can also bring along a marked essay if you'd like to look together at the feedback you've received. I can look at creative writing if it is part of your coursework. 

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Anna Woodford is the author of five poetry books and pamphlets: Changing Room (Salt, 2018), Birdhouse (Salt, 2010), Party Piece (Smith Doorstop, 2009), Trailer (Five Leaves, 2008) and The Higgins’ Honeymoon (2003). She has won an Authors’ Foundation award, an Eric Gregory award, a PBS recommendation, an Arvon/Jerwood apprenticeship and two Northern Writers’ awards. Her poetry has been well reviewed in the TLS and Grazia among others.  In 2020 she won the Wigtown Prize.

Anna’s poetry sequence ‘(T) here’ – based on research from Newcastle and York Universities into well-being and ‘getting out’ – is displayed on the exterior of a Go North East bus in Newcastle. The poetry, encouraging people to be kinder to their fellow passengers, was previously displayed inside hundreds of buses in Newcastle and York, featured on Radio 3 and formed the core of an exhibition Anna curated at Newcastle and York libraries. Anna runs poetry workshops in settings including libraries, hospices, universities and care homes.

Before becoming a freelance writer, Anna worked in PR for Durham University. She has been a peer reviewer for Creative Scotland and completed writing residencies at Hawthornden Castle and the Blue Mountain Center (New York). She was Leverhulme artist in residence at Durham Law School where she wrote about law and loss and has completed residencies at The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Alnwick Garden. Lately she has been collaborating with film makers; her film-poem ‘Work’, with artist Kate Sweeney, was selected for the Zebra poetry film festival.