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 Ryland’s first collection, Autumnologist, was described by Moniza Alvi as ‘a collection of impressive substance.’ In a review of Anne’s second collection, The Unmothering Class, Julian Colton commented: ‘There are many fine women poets on the scene at the moment. To an illustrious list add the name Anne Ryland.’
Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies, notably The Forward Book of Poetry (Faber, 2006), Her Wings of Glass (Second Light Publications, 2014) and Land of Three Rivers – The Poetry of North-East England (Bloodaxe, 2017). Magazine publications include Poetry Review, The North, Agenda, Oxford Poetry, Long Poem Magazine, Acumen, Stand, Northwords, Chapman, The Stinging Fly and The Lampeter Review. She has written occasional articles and translated German poetry into English.
Anne’s poem Anna’s Left Hand won second prize in the 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine (Open Category), and The Twins’ Heads was awarded first prize in the Kent and Sussex Poetry Competition 2009. Further competition successes include first prize in the Poetry Competition run by the DAAD / IMLR (German Academic Exchange Service and Institute of Modern Languages Research) in conjunction with the British Museum’s Germany: Memories of a Nation exhibition in 2014.
In 2015, Anne participated in the Newcastle University / Bloodaxe Poetics of the Archive Project, contributing two poems, and she was commissioned to write a poem for the Poetry Prescription Project (Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts).
Anne has given many readings of her poetry at venues ranging from the National Portrait Gallery and the Barbican Library in London to Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, the Lit & Phil Library in Newcastle and the Hexham Book Festival. She has read to audiences in community libraries across the North East. After inviting Anne to read at the Wordfringe Festival in Aberdeen, Gerard Rochford wrote: ‘She entranced a large audience who queued to buy her book.’