Helen Dunmore is one of the UK’s best known and most critically acclaimed writers. She is a poet, novelist, short story and children’s author. She has published 14 novels for adults and has won numerous awards including the McKitterick Prize for Zennor in Darkness, and the Orange Prize For Fiction for A Spell of Winter. She has also won The National Poetry Competition for The Malarkey, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages. Her most recent novel is The Lie.
Her poetry collections have received The Poetry Society’s Alice Hunt Bartlett Award and the Signal Award. Her work for children includes the Ingo series, for which she received the Nestlé Prize Silver Medal.
Helen Dunmore’s critical work includes new Introductions to the poems of Emily Brontë and Sean O’Brien, the short stories of D H Lawrence and F Scott Fitzgerald, new editions of Tolstoy’s and Virginia Woolf’s works, and to novels by Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Taylor. An essay on Tolstoy was commissioned by Radio 3 for the series The Essay.
She reviews fiction for The Guardian and is a Trustee of the Royal Literary Fund.