Fiona Sampson

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Personal profile


Published in more than thirty languages, Fiona Sampson has twenty-one volumes of poetry, criticism and philosophy of language. Formerly the Editor of Poetry Review, she works widely as a critic in the broadsheet press and on national radio. She is Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton, where she also edits the international quarterly Poem.


Royal College of Music: ARCM (Performer's Violin) 1980

Royal Academy of Music 1982-5: Professional Performer's Certificate (Violin)

John Waterhouse Year Prize

Foundation Scholarship

University of Oxford 1989-92: MA (Oxon) PPE, including
Zonta Bursary

Catholic University of Nijmegen 2001: PhD (Departments of Philosophy and Social Policy: 'Towards a theoretical framework for creative writing in health-care')

Professional affiliations

Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (elected) - 2009

Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts to 2017 (elected)

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (awarded)

Fellow of the English Association (elected) - 2009

Associate, Welsh Academy (now Literature Wales)(elected) - 1995

Member, NAWE - 1994

Member, PEN - 2007

Founder member, LAPIDUS - 1994


Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Institute of Musical Research & Institute of English Studies: 2012-15

CAPITAL Fellowship in Creativity at the University of Warwick 2007-8

Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship at Oxford Brookes University 2002-5

Writer's Fellowships:

I.A. Literary Association, Skojcan, Slovenia, 2015

Greek Writers' Union Writers' and Translators' House, Paros, 2011

Estonian Writers' Union House, Kasmu, 2009

Heinrich Boll House, Achill Island, 2005

Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain, 2002

Hawthornden Castle, 2001

Fondacion da Casa de Mateus, Portugal, 2001


2017: MBE for services to literature

2016 : Slovo Podgrmec Prize (Bosnia)

Aark Arts International Poetry Prize (India)

2015: Povelji za meðunarodnu saradnju (Bosnia)

2013: Poetry Book Society Recommendation

2012: Arts Council of England Grant for the Arts

2011: Poetry Book Society On-line Choice

2010: T.S. Eliot Prize (short-list)

Forward Prize for best book (short-list)

2009: Cholmondeley Award

Poetry Book Society Special Commendation

2007: T.S. Eliot Prize (short-list)

2006: Forward Prize for best single poem (short-list)

Charles Angoff Award, The Literary Review (US)

2003: Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia)

Evelyn Encelot Prize for European Women Poets (Maison des Écrivains, Paris) (short-list)

2002: Kathleen Blundell Trust (Society of Authors)

2000, 2002, 2004: travel grants from Arts Council of England

1999: Arts Council of Wales Writer's Award

1998: Oppenheimer-John Downes Award

1996: Society of Authors Award

1993: Southern Arts Writer's Award

1992: Newdigate Prize, University of Oxford


Ondaatje Prize (Royal Society of Literature): 2015

European Lyric Award (Bosnia, Chair): 2015, 2016, 2017

T.S.Eliot Prize: 2015

Roehampton Prize (Chair): 2015, 2017

Cholmondeley Awards (Society of Authors): 2012-15

Griffin International Prizes (Canada): 2012

Authors Foundation Awards (Society of Authors): 2012

Forward Prizes: 2011

Arts Foundation emerging poets awards: 2011

Eric Gregory Awards (Society of Authors): 2011

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: 2008-9

Irish Times IMPAC Poetry Collection of the Year: 2006

Foyle Young Poet of the Year: 2003

Southern Arts Prize: 1996

Southern Arts Writers' Awards: 1995

Council Member:

Patron, Living Words: 2016-

Patron, Anglo-Russian Cultural Centre: 2016-

Trustee, The Wordsworth Trust: 2013-16

Council Member, Royal Society of Literature: Autumn 2011-

Board member, Poetry Translation Centre: 2006-13

Steering Group member, 'The Complete Works' mentoring scheme for BME poets: 2010-13

Steering Group member, 'Between Two Worlds' archive, British Library: 2008-11

Board member, Poetry School: 2005-7

Steering Group member, Soros Next Page Foundation Sofia, 2003-7

Contributing Editor:

Pisar Editions, Editorial Board, Kyiv: 2016-

Context Review of Comparative Literature & Cultural Research Skopje University: 2010-

Wasafiri Open University: 2008-

Conference Director:

Poetry and Libretto, School for Advanced Study, University of London, Jan 2013

Beyond the Lyric: Poetry and Music, Warwick University, 2008

Raiding the Inarticulate: Poetry and Translation, Oxford Brookes University, 2003

Strange Baggage: Writing in Health and Social Care, Southern Arts, 2002

Writing in Health Care, Oslo City Council/Asker Commune Norway, 2001

The Role of the Arts in Healing, University of Glasgow 1993