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Jean Sprackland (born 1962) is an English poet and writer, the author of five collections of poetry and a book of essays about landscape and nature.


Originally from Burton upon Trent, Jean Sprackland studied English and Philosophy at the University of Kent at Canterbury, then taught for a few years before beginning to write poetry at age 30. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University[1], and a Trustee of the Poetry Archive.[2]

Published worksEdit

  • Tattoos for Mothers Day (Spike, 1997)
  • Hard Water (Cape, 2003)
  • Ellipsis: Vol. I (with Sean O'Brien and Tim Cooke; Comma Press, 2005)
  • Our Thoughts are Bees: Working with Writers and Schools (with Mandy Coe; Wordplay Press, 2005)
  • Tilt (Cape, 2007)
  • Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach (Cape, 2012)
  • Sleeping Keys (Random House, 2013)
  • Green Noise (Cape, 2018)

Translated worksEdit

  • InclinaciĆ³n. Spanish translation of Tilt (Komorebi Ediciones, Chile, 2018)

Awards and honorsEdit


  1. ^ University, Manchester Metropolitan. "Profile, Manchester Metropolitan University". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Classic poets' voices go online". BBC. 30 November 2005.
  3. ^ a b "Jean Sprackland's workshop". Guardian Unlimited. 14 January 2008. Her first collection, Tattoos for Mothers Day, was shortlisted for the Forward prize for best first collection, her second, Hard Water, was shortlisted for both the TS Eliot prize and the Whitbread award for poetry.... She was chosen as one of the Poetry Book Society's Next Generation poets in 2004.
  4. ^ "US poet heads prize shortlist". BBC. 20 October 2003. American Poet Laureate Billy Collins is among those shortlisted for the TS Eliot Poetry Prize 2003.... Others on the list include Don Paterson ... Jean Sprackland and Lavinia Greenlaw.
  5. ^ "Poet is pipped to Whitbread award -but she still feels like a winner". Daily Post (Liverpool, England). 7 January 2004. Jean was among twenty five writers shortlisted for the 2003 Whitbread Prize, for her second collection of poems, Hard Water.
  6. ^ "Writer wins national book award". BBC. 3 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Activist on list for poetry prize". BBC. 17 July 2007.
  8. ^ "Hall and Sprackland win Portico Prize". The Bookseller. 23 November 2012.

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