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Version 2Colette Bryce is an award-winning poet from Northern Ireland. Born and brought up in Derry, she moved to England as a student in 1988 and settled in London for some years while starting out as a writer. She received the Eric Gregory Award for emerging poets in 1995. After a year teaching in Madrid, she took up a fellowship at Dundee University from 2002-05, and was subsequently appointed North East Literary Fellow at the universities of Newcastle and Durham. She currently lives in Newcastle upon Tyne where she works as a freelance writer and editor.

Her first collection The Heel of Bernadette (2000) won the Aldeburgh Prize and the inaugural Strong Award for new Irish poets. She won first prize in the UK National Poetry Competition for the title poem of her second book, The Full Indian Rope Trick (2004), which was followed by Self-Portrait in the Dark in 2008. From 2009-2013 she was Poetry Editor for the journal Poetry London. Her latest collection The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), which draws on her experience of growing up in Derry during the Troubles, received a special Christopher Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. It was also shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, and the Roehampton Prize. Selected Poems, drawing on all her books, is a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, Summer 2017.

In recent years, Colette has held writing fellowships at the universities of Manchester, Notre Dame and Trinity College Dublin, and was Research Associate on the AHRC funded Poetics of the Archive project at Newcastle University. She received the Cholmondeley Award for  poetry in 2010.

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