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Annie Freud

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Annie Freud is a poet, artist, editor and teacher. She was born in 1948 and studied English and European Literature at the University of Warwick. A pamphlet, A Voids Officer Achieves the Tree Pose (Donut Press, 2006), was followed by her first full collection from Picador, The Best Man That Ever Was (2007), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and received the Glen Dimplex New Writers' Award for Poetry. Her second collection, The Mirabelles (Picador 2010), was a  Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

In 2014 she was named as one of the Poetry Book Society's Next Generation Poets. She is renowned for her live performances. Her poem ‘The Jeweller’ was highly commended by the judges of the Forward Prize for Poetry in 2016. In 2012 she curated a performance of her father Lucian Freud’s favourite poems at the National Portrait Gallery.

She runs a thriving poetry composition group in Dorset where she has lived for the last 10 years and is regularly invited to give readings, talks and workshops at festivals in the UK and internationally. Her third collection, The Remains (Picador 2015) received a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.


The Remains
The Mirabelles
The Best Man That Ever Was
A Voids Officer Achieves the Tree Pose


Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets Award
T. S. Eliot Prize (shortlist)
Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry