Welcome to the website of Anne Ryland, poet and writing facilitator.
Anne Ryland’s third collection of poetry, Unruled Journal, has just been 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.
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.’
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 …’
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.