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Joanne Limburg

Novelist, Poet, Non-fiction writer

Joanne Limburg began her writing life as a poet, winning an Eric Gregory award for her poetry in 1998. Her first collection Femenismo was published by Bloodaxe in 2000 and was shortlisted for the Forward prize for best first collection. Paraphernalia, her second collection, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation for spring 2007. Her first non-poetry book was The Woman Who Thought Too Much, a memoir about anxiety and OCD. It was published by Atlantic Books in 2010 and shortlisted for the Mind book of the year award. Much of this book was written during her time as the RLF Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Since then, she has published a poetry pamphlet The Oxygen Man and a full-length collection for children Bookside Down.Joanne is an experienced creative-writing teacher and has worked for the WEA, the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Continuing Education, the Open College of the Arts and the Open University. Her first novel, A Want of Kindness, was published in 2015 by Atlantic Books; it was written with help from the Society of Authors and the Arts Council. Joanne is currently working towards a PhD in Creative Writing at Kingston University. A new poetry collection, The Autistic Alice, is due out from Bloodaxe Books in 2017.

Joanne Limburg


Newnham College, University of Cambridge 2016/17
Magdalene College, University of Cambridge 2008-10
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