Denise Riley

Denise Riley was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2012. She has published War in the Nursery: Theories of Child and Mother (1983); ‘Am I that Name?’ Feminism and the Category of Women in History (1988); The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony (2000); The Force of Language, with J.J. Lecercle (2004); Impersonal Passion: Language As Affect (2005) and Time Lived, Without Its Flow (Capsule Editions, 2011). She’s in Penguin Modern Poets 10 with Douglas Oliver and Ian Sinclair (1996) and Denise Riley: Selected Poems (2000). Her poem, ‘A Part Song’, won the 2012 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem; she was also shortlisted for this prize in 2014. With Steve Ely, Zaffar Kunial and Warsan Shire, Riley was one of four poets who contributed to The Pity, a series of new poems commissioned by the Poetry Society in response to the centenary of the First World War. The Pity commissions were premiered live at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day, 2014, accompanied by background visuals by Robert Peake. The published collection, The Pity, was available from The Poetry Society online shop.