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U. A. Fanthorpe

BornUrsula Askham Fanthorpe ( 1929-07-22 ) 22 July 1929 London , England
Died28 April 2009 (2009-04-28) (aged 79) Wotton-under-Edge , Gloucestershire , United Kingdom
Pen nameU. A. Fanthorpe
OccupationPoet
CitizenshipBritish
EducationSt Anne's College, Oxford
Period1978 ( 1978 ) -2008 ( 2008 )
GenrePoetry
Notable worksSide Effects Collected Poems From Me To You: Love Poems
Notable awardsFellow of the Royal Society of Literature Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
PartnerR. V. "Rosie" Bailey (1965-2009; Fanthorpe's death)

Ursula Fanthorpe was in vanguard of new wave in Poetry-mature poets who begin to publish in middle age after career outside usual Poets parish relief of editing jobs, residencies, scraps of patronage. She came to define spirit of Peterloo Poets, small publishing house founded by Harry Chambers in 1972. List specialises in Poetry of lived experience rather than Will experiment Fanthorpe exemplifies this perfectly. Ursula Fanthorpe was born in Kent in 1929, read English Annes College, Oxford, and taught at Cheltenham Ladies College. What stung her into poetry was her experience as medical receptionist at Bristol neurological hospital where she worked after she had left Cheltenham. In introduction to her Collected Poems, Fanthorpe dates beginning of her poetry career precisely. On 18 April 1974, I writing poems. From beginning, she Side with patients against doctors, characteristic stance. She observes gallery of characters who pass before her en route to doctors and makes poetry from their raw troubles. There was no sense of appropriation in this-everything Fanthorpe in poetry was handled with dignity. She say: At once I found subject that Id been looking for all my life: strangeness of other people, particularly psychological patients, and how it felt to be them, and to use their words. Her first book, Side was published in 1978. From this beginning, Fanthorpe carve out distinctive path. Having started from such unconventional position, she inevitably takes her place as one of community of poets. She was admired by many, especially New Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, her junior by 26 years. Fanthorpe perfect monologue technique for our times, down form that had been little used since Browning. She put this slightly differently in interview in only critical book published in her lifetime: 'm particularly involved with people who have no voice: dead, dispossessed, or inarticulate in various ways. I am not carrying on campaigning on their behalf, but this is theme I recognise as having call on me: people on edge of things. And it is this great sympathy for others that made her most humane poet in English of last 30 years. Beyond her gallery of losers, it was English history that most engaged her, and as she say, other things she wrote about were mostly of riddling kind. Artists have found England difficult theme in recent years, but for Fanthorpe, English history was ever present, lurking beneath apparent blandness of consumer society. In Driving South, past leaps from every hedgerow: many Of honours state can bestow on poet come to her in her last 10 years: she was put on syllabus, Award CBE in 2001 and Queens Gold Medal for Poetry in 2003, only fifth woman in 70 years to receive it.

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Life and work

Born in south-east London, Fanthorpe was daughter of judge, or as she put it, middle-class but honest parents. She was educated at Catherine's School, Bramley in Surrey, and at Anne's College, Oxford, where she came to life, receiving first-class Degree in English language and Literature. She taught English at Cheltenham Ladies' for 16 years. But then abandons teaching for jobs as secretary, receptionist and hospital clerk in Bristol-in her poems, she later remembers some of patients for whose records she had been responsible. Fanthorpe's first volume of Poetry, Side Effects, has said to unsentimentally recover invisible lives and voices of psychiatric patients. She was writer-in-Residence at Martin's College, in 1983-1985, and later Northern Arts Fellow at Durham Newcastle Universities. Her 1984 volume Voices Off explores student life, critical and finding that naming is power. Her most famous poem is probably Atlas, which is open, there is kind of love called maintenance. In 1987, Fanthorpe went freelance, giving readings around country and occasionally abroad. In 1994, she was nominated for post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Her nine collections of were published by Peterloo Poets. Her Collected Poems were in 2005. Many of her poems bring two voices. In her readings, other voice that of Bristol academic and teacher R. V. Rosie bailey, Fanthorpe's life partner of 44 years. Couple Co-write Collection Of Poems, From Me To You: Love Poems, That Was Illustrated By Nick Wadley And Published In 2007 By Enitharmon. Fanthorpe died of cancer aged 79 on 28 April 2009, in hospice near her home in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire.

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Ursula Askham Fanthorpe, CBE, FRSL was English poet. She published from U. Fanthorpe. Life and work Born in south-east London, daughter of barrister, Fanthorpe was educated at Catherine's School, Bramley in Surrey and at Anne's College, Oxford, where she received first-class Degree in English language and Literature, and subsequently taught English at Cheltenham Ladies' College for sixteen years. She then abandons teaching for jobs as secretary, receptionist and hospital clerk in Bristol-in her poems, she later remembers some of patients for whose records she had been responsible. Fanthorpe's first of Poetry, Side Effects, was published in 1978. She was Writer-in-Residence at Martin's Lancaster, as well as Northern Arts Fellow at Durham and Newcastle Universities. In 1987, Fanthorpe went freelance, giving readings around country and occasionally abroad. In 1994, she was nominated for post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Her nine collections of poems were published Peterloo Poets. Her Collected Poems published in 2005. Many of her poems are two voices. In her readings, other voice is that of Bristol academic and teacher R. V. bailey, Fanthorpe's life partner of 44 years. Couple Co-write Collection Of Poems, From Me To You: Love Poems, That Was Published In 2007 By Enitharmon. Fanthorpe die, aged 79, on 28 April 2009, in hospice near her home Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire. Fanthorpe was Fellow of Royal Society of Literature, and was made CBE in 2001 for services to Poetry. In 2003, she received Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. In 2006, she was awarded Honorary Degree from University of Bath.

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