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Julia Copus

Julia Copus's publications include The Shuttered Eye (1995) which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and In Defence of Adultery (2003) — both Poetry Book Society Recommendations. She has won numerous awards for her poetry, including an Eric Gregory Award, an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship, and a BBC/Gulbenkian Foundation writer’s bursary. In 2002, she won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition with ‘Breaking the Rule’. Her radio work includes an afternoon play, Eenie Meenie Macka Racka (2003) which was winner of the BBC’s prestigious Alfred Bradley Award. The Enormous Radio was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Exeter in 2008, and in 2009 brought out the Brilliant Writing Tips for Students guide with Palgrave Macmillan. She has recently received funding from the Society of Authors for work on her third collection of poetry, and is currently an Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund. Her poem 'An Easy Passage' was nominated for the 2010 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.
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