(photo: Paul Wilkinson ARPS)
Alyson Hallett was born in 1963 and grew up in Street, Somerset. After studying for her first degree at the University of East Anglia, Alyson went on to work as Abbey housekeeper on the Isle of Iona, and then as a deputy project manager for the Richmond Fellowship in Glasgow. For two years she attended a writer’s workshop run by Janet Paisley, in Pollokshields library, before deciding to return to England and do an M.A. in Creative Writing.
Alyson’s books of poems include The Stone Library (Peterloo Poets), 365 (Agre Press), and Towards Intimacy (Queriendo Press). She has published a book of short stories The Heart’s Elliptical Orbit (Solidus Press), written drama for Sky television, Agony, BBC Radio 4, Dear Gerald, and created an audio-diary that narrates her journey to Australia with a migrating stone, Nature: Migrating Stones (BBC Radio 4).
As a writer who is interested in the visual and spatial impact of words, Alyson also explores poetry in public art by collaborating with a wide variety of artists. She has had a poem carved into a pavement (Milsom Street, Bath), text etched into a stained glass window (Bradley Stoke Library, Bristol) a poem exhibited in a doctor’s surgery (Bedminster, Bristol), and she is the creator of ‘The Migration Habits of Stones’ international project.
Alyson has won first prize in the Scintilla Open Poetry competition and the Poetry Can Poetry Competition. She was a prizewinner in the Mslexia Poetry competition and has received awards from Arts Council England for her work.
In 2010, Alyson completed a practice-based PhD in poetry. Her research focussed upon geographical intimacy and an exploration of interfusion in poetry. She then went on to be poet-in-residence in the University of Exeter’s department of geography in Cornwall for a year. This residency was funded by an award from the Leverhulme Trust.
Alyson was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Exeter (2011 - 13) and Plymouth University (2013 -14). She is currently an Advisory Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund.
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