Anne Ryland

Welcome to the website of Anne Ryland, poet and writing facilitator.

Anne Ryland’s third collection of poetry, Unruled Journal, is published by Valley Press. Her two previous poetry collections are Autumnologist (shortlisted for The Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2006) and The Unmothering Class.

Anne’s poems have won prizes in competitions and appeared in a range of literary magazines and anthologies. An experienced writing and language tutor, she is also a facilitator of creative writing groups in varied community settings.

Unruled Journal
Valley Press, 2021

‘There is a fierce and unpredictable momentum to Unruled Journal that sweeps you along, marvelling at Anne Ryland’s inventiveness, range and linguistic panache. Her voice is generous and idiosyncratic, often mischievously so.’

Linda France

Arrowhead Press, 2006

‘Anne Ryland’s poems are subtle as Vermeer paintings – so hauntingly meditative they make you shiver. She has a deliciously mercurial imagination, and is in love with language …’

Pascale Petit

Anne Ryland’s poetry reflects a preoccupation with letters, silences and voices from the past. The coastline and landscape of the North filter into her writing. Recent poems explore themes such as home, exile and belonging; borders geographical and personal; places that become alternative homes (from ruins to furniture); language and its layers; and the miracles of the human body.

Anne leads writing workshops for poetry and prose in Northumberland, Scotland and Newcastle. Her aim is to create a warm and supportive environment in which people can embrace the craft of writing, discover its unique rewards and surprise themselves.

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