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‘Dispense with foundations.

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‘I’m winter’s idea of spring, on slow-thaw,
a grizzly bear lumbering through long sleep
while her cells chit-chatter, die off, regroup.’

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‘these heroes make me wish beyond
my own dark, how a well might wish,
something of them will fall through me like change.’

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Colette Bryce


Christy Ducker is a poet and teacher of creative writing. Her first full-length collection, Skipper, was published in 2015, and includes work commended by the Forward Prize judges. Her pamphlet, Armour (2011), was a PBS Pamphlet Choice. Her commissions include residencies with Port of Tyne, English Heritage, and York University’s Centre for Immunology and Infection; she is also the director of North East Heroes, an Arts Council England project.

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Fellowship with The Royal Literary Fund

2021 - 22

From September 2021 Christy will be a Fellow of The Royal Literary Fund, and based at Newcastle University.

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