by Ann Pilling
Published 20th November 2008
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Ann Pilling was born in Lancashire in 1944 and lived there for 20 years. She read English at King’s College, London where she subsequently wrote a thesis on the fiction of C.S.Lewis which effectively became her first book. Between 1983 and 2003 she published over 30 books for children and two adult novels. Two titles were commended for the Carnegie Medal and she won The Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction for her novel Henry’s Leg.
Ann lives in Oxford with her husband and has two sons and five grandchildren. She has a cottage in Swaledale and this is the country of her heart. In 2003 she made a conscious decision to concentrate on writing poetry, always her first preference. Home Field is her first full-length poetry collection.
Ann Pilling’s new collection is remarkable for its combination of grace and groundedness. Her acute and celebratory observations of the domestic and familial are balanced by her renderings of the tragic – searing, sombre, resonant, controlled, haunting. These are poems of great poise and insight; to quote Edwin Muir, they are written with ‘a mixture of enjoyment and hard work’. Here, as in Muir’s work, we see a poet who can distinguish between the true and false, an exhilarating and achieved voice.
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