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Fiona Sampson Interviewed by Maitreyabandhu At Poetry East

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Poet Fiona Sampson discusses her work and influences with Maitreyabandhu.

Fiona Sampson has published seventeen books, most recently Poetry Writing (2009) and A Century of Poetry Review (PBS Special Commendation, 2009). She has won the Newdigate Prize, been short-listed for the Forward single-poem and T.S. Eliot Prizes, received writers' awards from the Arts Councils of England and Wales, and in 2009 received a Cholmondeley Award. She is published in more than thirty languages, and her ten books in translation include Patuvachki Dnevnik, awarded the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia). Having started life as a violinist, she collaborates regularly with composers as well as visual artists and this year gives the Newcastle Poetry Lectures under the title Music Lessons. She is the editor of Poetry Review, a regular broadsheet reviewer, and Distinguished Writer at the University of Kingston. Forthcoming are Rough Music (May, Carcanet) and the Faber Poet to poet Shelley (2011).