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Jean Sprackland was born and brought up in Burton-on-Trent and now lives in Southport, Merseyside. She studied English and Philosophy at the University of Kent at Canterbury, then taught for a few years before beginning to write poetry at the age of 30. She has held residencies in schools and universities, and is a tutor for the Arvon Foundation. She also works in education, training and consultancy for organizations including the Poetry Society and the Poetry Archive. In 2004 she was one of the judges of the Arvon International Poetry Competition.
Her recent collection, Tilt (Cape, 2007), won the Costa Poetry Award. Hard Water (Cape, 2003) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and was shortlisted for both the T S Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Award for Poetry. Tattoos for Mothers Day (Spike, 1997) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She was chosen as one of the Next Generation Poets in 2004.

See the English and Media Centre’s website for details of the teaching resource from which this reading of ‘Hard Water’ is taken.

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