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

Anne Ryland has published two collections of poetry: 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.

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

The Unmothering Class
Arrowhead Press, 2011

‘A powerful sense of history pervades Anne Ryland’s impressive second collection … There is plenty to delight in (staircases, secrets, stars) and be moved by (letters, winters, sorrows).’

Linda France

Anne Ryland’s poetry reflects a preoccupation with letters, silences and voices from the past. The coastline, landscape and history of Northumberland filter into her writing. Recent poems explore themes such as home, exile and belonging; 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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