The poet, and our alumna, Jenny Joseph has died.

9th January 2018

Jenny Joseph (1932-2018)

We are deeply saddened by the news that Jenny Joseph (English, 1950) has died, aged 85. Jenny won a scholarship to St Hilda's, graduating in 1953. She was elected to be an Honorary Fellow of the College in November 2017.

Jenny Joseph published her first poetry collection (the Gregory Award winning The Unlooked-for Season) in 1960. Her second collection, 1974's Rose in the Afternoon and other Poems, included what has become her most famous and widely anthologised poem, 'Warning' (When I am an old woman I shall wear purple), a dramatic monologue in which a young woman talks of her fantasies of old age. This was voted Britain’s favourite modern poem in a BBC poll in 2006. Jenny also published short stories, children's books, prose and non-fiction work. She had donated her literary archive to the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford. You can read her obituary in the Guardian.

Our thoughts are with Jenny's family at this time.