Gillian Allnutt has published nine collections of poetry, seven of them with Bloodaxe Books. The latest, wake, came out in 2018. How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (2007) includes work from Nantucket and the Angel (1997) and Lintel (2001), both shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
For many years she has taught creative writing in universities and schools and for organisations such as The Arvon Foundation. She has held residencies in community-based projects – working, for example, with Orthodox Jewish women in Gateshead and with Freedom From Torture in 2009-10, with asylum-seekers in Newcastle and Stockton. She has also worked as a journalist and from 1983-88 was Poetry Editor of City Limits magazine in London. She is currently involved with the interdisciplinary Hearing the Voice project at Durham University and holds a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at York University.
She won the Northern Rock Foundation Writer’s Award in 2005 and in 2016 was presented with The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.