About Angela

Angela is a poet. She is also an experienced teacher and holds a Masters degree in Arts in Education. She leads workshops with all ages from nursery to elders, building confidence in their ability to write, tell stories and make books. She enjoys giving readings of her poems, and putting together performances and one woman shows.  Widely published, she has performed and been poet-in-residence in a wide range of venues such as schools, libraries, bookshops and hospices. In October 2013, she took up a residency in Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden.

In 2011, a quotation from one of her poems appeared on the National Poetry Day poem cards and the same poem featured in the athlectics area of the Olympic stadium during the Games.

She was Highly Commended in the Cheshire High Sherriff’s Prize for Children’s Literature, with the only poem to be placed in the top five entries. In 2011, she was shortlisted for The Bridport Poetry Competition. In 2013, she won first prize in the Buzzwords Poetry Competition, judged by David Morley. Poems have appeared in a range of journals including Poetry Review and London Magazine.

Angela can be booked indpendently, or though Authors Abroad, The Windows Project and NAWE.

Angela also writes student guides and articles. She co-authored a range of GCSE texbooks published by OUP and several critical monographs published by Greenwich Exchange.

Teaching Experience:

senior moderator/coursework advisor for Advanced Level English Language and Literature.

qualified secondary school English and Drama teacher, and former Head of Literacy and Oracy at Upton Hall School.

Her poetry is published

  • In ten solo collections and pamphlets
  • by Macmillan, OUP, Hodder, Collins and Wayland in over 50 anthologies,
  • poetry magazines/journals such as London Magazine, Critical Survey, Smoke, and The Reader.


  • BSB TV
  • interviewed on BBC Radio.


  • Her first solo children’s collection is out from Salt, entitled The New Generation.
  • Her three solo adult poetry collections were Dandelions for Mothers’ Day and The Fiddle, both from Stride, and The Way We Came from bluechrome.
  • In 2011, four chapbooks were published. I Sing of Bricks is in the Salt Modern Voices series, Catching On is a ten poem elegy for Matt Simpson published by Rack Press, Kids’ Stuff is a further children’s book and The Lightfoot Letters was compiled to accompany an exhibition with textile artist Maria Walker, based on a 1923 bundle of letters, which were purchased by Maria before she met Angela, but turned out to have been written by Angela’s father’s family. The latter two chapbooks were published by Erbacce.Angela’s latest collections are Paper Patterns (Lapwing 2012) and Letting Go (Mother’s Milk Books 2013)AT Letting Go back and front cover final version for Angela medium high res