Alyson Hallett is a prize-winning poet and Hawthornden Fellow whose latest book of poems is Suddenly Everything. As well as publishing poetry in book form, her work is also embedded in public spaces: she has a poem carved into Milsom Street pavement in Bath, text etched into a library window in Bristol, and she runs an international poetry-as-public-art project called The Migration Habits of Stones.
Alyson was the UK’s first poet-in-residence in a university geography department as part of the Leverhulme Trust’s artist-in-residence scheme. During this time she published a book of poems, photographs and scientific text, Six Days in Iceland, in collaboration with the professor of geography, Chris Caseldine. Alyson has also collaborated with dancers, musicians, visual artists and sculptors on performances and artists’ books. Alyson has taught with the Arvon Foundation and currently offers one-to-one poetry mentoring sessions through the Poetry Society.
Before writing full-time, Alyson worked as a cleaner, a housekeeper on the isle of Iona and a community mental-health worker. Joining a creative-writing group in Pollokshields Library, Glasgow, led to the moment when she decided to place writing more centrally in her life. Alyson went on to do an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University and many years later a practice-based PhD in London. In addition to poetry, she has also written short stories, drama and an audio-diary for BBC Radio 4, and drama for Sky Television.