Roberts, Michèle Brigitte

(1949- )
   Born in Hertfordshire, England, to a French Catholic mother and an English Protestant father, she studied at Somerville College, Oxford, and University College, London. She worked as a librarian for the British Council in Bangkok (1973-1974) and was poetry editor for Spare Rib (1974) and City Limits magazine (1981-1983). She was visiting fellow in creative writing at the University of East Anglia in 1992, where she is currently professor of creative writing and research fellow in writing (1995-96) at Nottingham Trent University (now visiting professor). She is chair of the British Council literature advisory panel and is a regular book reviewer and broadcaster. She is the author of ten novels, has written short stories and her play The Journeyman was first performed in 1988. Her literary awards includes Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2000). She has published two collections of poetry: The Mirror of the Mother: Selected Poems 1975-1985 (1986) and All the Selves I Was: New and Selected Poems (1995). Some of her poems: "After My Grandmother's Death," "Demeter Grieving," "Inconsistencies," "Madwoman at Rodmell," "Out of Chaos Out of Order Out," "The Spell."
   Sources: Ain't I a Woman! A Book of Women's Poetry from Around the World. Illona Linthwaite, ed. Peter Bedrick Books, 1988. Bread and Roses: An Anthology of Nineteenthand Twentieth-Century Poetry by Women Writers. Diana Scott, ed. Virago Press, 1982. British Council Arts (http://www.contemporarywriters.com). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The Light from Another Country: Poetry from American Prisons. Joseph Bruchac, ed. The Greenfield Review Press, 1984. The New British Poetry, 1968-88. Gillian Allnutt, Fred D'Aguiar and Ken Edwards, eds. Grafton Books, 1989. The New Exeter Book of Riddles. Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lawrence Sail, eds. Enitharmon Press, 1999. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000.

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