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. Her third collection of poetry, Unruled Journal, is due to be published by Valley Press in October 2021.

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 the North 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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