Fiona Sampson has been published in more than thirty languages. She has twelve books in translation, and has received the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia) and the Charles Angoff Award (US), and been shortlisted for the Evelyn Encelot Prize for European Women Poets. Her publications include twenty-seven volumes of poetry, criticism and philosophy of language.
From 2005-2012 Sampson was the Editor of Poetry Review; she is now Editor of Poem and Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton, where she is the Director of the Roehampton Poetry Centre. She’s also a Fellow and Council Member of the Royal Society of Literature, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the English Association and Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust.
Sampson has received the Newdigate Prize, the Cholmondeley Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship, Kathleen Blundell and Oppenheimer-John Downes Awards from the Society of Authors, a number of Writer’s Awards from both the English and the Welsh Arts Councils, and various Poetry Book Society commendations. She has been shortlisted twice for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prizes.
Recent books include a new edition of Percy Bysshe Shelley for Faber and Coleshill (poems) for Chatto. Her Selected Poems have recently appeared in the US (Sheep Meadow, 2013), China (2014) and Romania (2015). Editions of her poetry in Ukrainian and Serbian are planned for autumn 2015.
Her latest collection, The Catch (Chatto), was released in 2016, as was Lyric Cousins: Musical Form in Poetry (Edinburgh University Press) with both receiving critical acclaim.
Her exploration of Limestone Country (Little Toller Books) was published in June 2017.
The Spectator called it “bewitching”, the New Statesman praised its “exquisite perceptiveness” and it was a summer reading pick in both the Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph and a Guardian nature book of the year.
Her new book, In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein (Profile Books) will be released on January 20, 2018 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein.
Pre-order your copy here: In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein