Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson has been published in more than thirty languages.  She has eleven 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.  From 2005-2012 she was the first woman Editor of Poetry Review since Muriel Spark in 1947-9.  She is now Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton. A Fellow and Council Member of the Royal Society of Literature, Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Fellow of the English Association, she is the Editor of Poem: International Quarterly Review.  Her publications include twenty-one volumes of poetry, criticism and philosophy of language.  She has received the Newdigate Prize, the Cholmondeley Prize, a Hawthornden Fellowship, the Kathleen Blundell and Oppenheimer-John Downes Awards from the Society of Authors, and Writer’s Awards from the Arts Council of England and the Arts Council of Wales, and has been shortlisted twice for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward prizes. She has held many British and international fellowships and residencies. Recent books include a new edition of Percy Bysshe Shelley for Faber (Poetry Book Society Book-club Choice), Beyond the Lyric (Chatto) – a pioneering map of contemporary British poetry – and Coleshill (Poetry Book Society Recommendation). Night Fugue, the US edition of her Selected Poems, appeared in July 2013.

Fiona Sampson has published more than twenty books of poetry, criticism and philosophy of language, and received the Newdigate Prize, a Cholmondeley Award and Writer’s Awards from the Arts Councils of England and of Wales as well as prizes in Macedonia and the US.  Published in more than thirty languages, she has eleven books in translation. She is Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton. 


Poetry, Music, Drama: the creation of contemporary opera

Filmmakers: Paul Archbold & Colin Still

Composing a libretto - Round Table

Composing a libretto - Questions

Sir Harrison Birtwistle and David Harsent in conversation with Fiona Sampson