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Selima Hill


Selima Hill was born in Hampstead in 1945 into a family of painters and writers. She read Moral Sciences at Cambridge University, married a painter, and had a family, before publishing her first collection in 1983.

Selima lives by the sea in Dorset where she divides her time working on a ninth collection, Suitcase; editing an anthology of dog poems; teaching for the Poetry School and the Poetry Library in London; working on the libretto for a multi-media project about bees; and“chasing after her chickens and small grandchildren.

Awards include Cholmondeley Award for Literature, Whitbread Poetry Award, University of East Anglia Writing Fellowship.

Commissions and collaborations include work on projects for the Science Museum, the Royal Festival Hall Dance Festival, Exeter Hospital, Exeter Museum, Imperial War Museum, British Council, BBC, English National Opera, Channel Four and H.M. Prison, Norwich.

Collections include Trembling Hearts in the Bodies of DogsVioletBunny and Portrait of My Lover as a Horse (all published by Bloodaxe Books).

Selima Hill


University of Exeter 2003-06
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