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  • Phyllis Christopher

Colette Bryce

  • Derry, Northern Ireland


Colette Bryce was born in Derry in 1970.  She was a Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dundee (2003-05) and  then held the North East Literary Fellowship in Newcastle 2005-07. She divides her time between London and Newcastle upon Tyne, working as a freelance teacher and editor.

Having received an Eric Gregory Award in 1995, she published her first collection, The Heel of Bernadette, in 2000. She won the National Poetry Competition in 2003 with ‘The Full Indian Rope Trick’, which was voted the favourite winning poem in 2008 in a poll to celebrate 30 years of the National Poetry Competition, and became the title poem of her second collection, The Full Indian Rope Trick (2004). Self-portrait in the Dark, her third collection from Picador, was published in 2008, and a pocketbook, The Observations of Aleksandr Svetlov  (Donut). Colette Bryce was the poetry editor of Poetry London from 2009 to 2013 and in 2010 won the Cholmondely Award for achievement and distinction in poetry. Colette Bryce’s fourth collection is The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014). 

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The Whole & Rain-domed Universe"
"Ballasting the Ark" (pamphlet NCLA)
Self-Portrait in the Dark
Ink on Paper: Poetry and Art
The Observations of Aleksandr Svetlov
The Full Indian Rope Trick
The Heel of Bernadette


Christopher Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney
Cholmondeley Award for
Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition
National Poetry Competition
Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize
Strong Award for new Irish poets.
Eric Gregory Award