Pippa Little

Pippa Little is a Scots poet, editor, mentor and reviewer who is settled in Northumberland. Time Begins to Hurt, her third collection, was published recently by Arc. Overwintering (Carcanet 2012) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize and Twist (from Arc 2017) was shortlisted for The Saltire Society's Poetry Book of the Year. Pamphlets include Foray (The Biscuit Prize), The Spar Box (Vane Women), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Snow Globe (Red Squirrel) and Our Lady of Iguanas (Black Light Engine Room Press). Her work has appeared in many international anthologies including Staying Human (Bloodaxe) and in print publications such as POETRY, Poetry Review, the TLS, New Statesman, Poetry Ireland Review and New Writing Scotland.

Pippa was a headlining poet at StAnza Poetry festival in 2016 and has read at festivals including Cork, Manchester, Mexico City, Newcastle, York and London. She co-edited Butcher's Dog twice. She has received a writer's grant from The Society of Authors and the Andrew Waterhouse Award from New Writing North.

A Hawthornden Fellow, she has a PhD in poetry from University of London and a diploma in adult teaching and learning. She worked for many years in literacy and basic skills with asylum seekers, teenage parents and young people not in education or training. She leads poetry workshops and runs courses in community settings, such as at Brantwood, John Ruskin's house in the Lake District. As a Royal Literary Fund fellow she designed and delivered pilot courses in expressive writing for first year students at Newcastle University.

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Writing Poems

A playful, supportive three-month poetry course for beginners and aspiring amateur poets, with two of the best practitioners and teachers in the country.


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Articles by Pippa Little

Why Poetry Matters (to Me)

Pippa Little, tutor on Faber Academy's Writing Poems course in Newcastle, explores why poetry matters to her.

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