Colette Bryce
(United Kingdom, 1970)   
Colette Bryce

Born in Derry in 1970, Colette Bryce lived in London for many years before moving to Scotland in 2002 where she held the fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of Dundee. She moved to Newcastle upon Tyne in 2005 when she was appointed to the North East Literary Fellowship. She now divides her time between there and London in her work as a freelance writer and editor.

She has received several awards for her books including the Aldeburgh Prize and the Strong Award, and for individual poems she has won both the National Poetry Competition (2003) and the Academi Cardiff International (2007). She teaches for various organisations including the Arvon Foundation, The Poetry School and the University of Newcastle. Colette Bryce is now the editor of Poetry London.

Bryce’s poem ‘The Full Indian Rope Trick’ was voted the favourite National Poetry Competition winning poem in 2008 in a poll to celebrate 30 years of the National Poetry Competition.

© Judith Palmer / Naomi Wood


The Heel of Bernadette
, Picador, London, 2000

The Full Indian Rope Trick, Picador, London, 2004

The Observations of Aleksandr Svetlov, Donut Press, London, 2007

Self-Portrait in the Dark, Picador, 2008


Bryce’s winning poem for the National Poetry Competition

Review of ‘The Full Indian Rope Trick’

Review of Self Portrait in the Dark at Tower Poetry

Bryce reading her poem, ‘A Spider’

Poetry London of which Bryce is now editor


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