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Kona Macphee is a British poet. She has published three poetry collections, Tails, Perfect Blue and What Long Miles. She is the recipient of the Eric Gregory Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was named the poetry book of the month for July 2013 by The Observer.

Kona Macphee
Born1969 (age 49–50)
OccupationPoet, media producer
NationalityUnited Kingdom
EducationSydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Cambridge
Notable worksPerfect Blue
Notable awardsEric Gregory Award
Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize
Official website


Kona Macphee was born in London in 1969. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia. She attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying musical composition. She also studied violin at the University of Sydney, and computer science at Monash University, She later earned an M.Sc. at Cambridge University as a Commonwealth Scholar.[1]

She was awarded a year-long fellowship to the University of Sterling in 2012. She has worked in a variety of jobs, including web editor and developer, motorcycle mechanic and media producer.[2][3]

Macphee's first poetry collection, Tails was published in 2004 by Bloodaxe Books. Her second collection, Perfect Blue (Bloodaxe Books) was published in 2010. Perfect Blue was the recipient of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 2010. Her third poetry collection, What Long Miles (Bloodaxe Books), published in 2013, was named The Observer's poetry book of the month for July 2013.[4]

Macphee has taught poetry classes for various organizations including the Poetry Society, the Poetry School, the Arvon Foundation, and the Scottish Poetry Library. She currently lives in Perthshire and works in media production.[2][4]

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  1. ^ "Kona Macphee Author". Bloodaxe Books. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Kona McPhee (b. 1969)". Scottish Poetry Library. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Kona Macphee Thingright". Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Kona Macphee poet". Royal Literary Fund. Retrieved 5 September 2018.