Award-winning poet and our alumna, Frances Leviston, publishes her first work of fiction
Frances Leviston (English, 2000), returned to St Hilda's earlier this year to give the guest lecture at the annual P.D. James event. Frances generously shared extracts from her first work of fiction, The Voice in My Ear, with current English students and tutors. Many congratulations to Frances on the book's publication in March 2020. A New Statesman 'Book to Read' in 2020, it was described in the Guardian as 'a poet's captivating first collection'.
Frances Leviston is the author of two collections of poetry: Public Dream, shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize; and Disinformation, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Award. She lives in Durham and is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Manchester. She has taken part in St Hilda's Day at past Oxford Literary Festivals and we hope to see her here again soon.