by George J. Dance


Annie Freud. Courtesy Sladers Yard.

Annie Freud (born 1948) is an English poet.


Freud was born in London. She is the daughter of painter Lucien Freud, the granddaughter of sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein, and the great-grandaughter of psychologist Sigmund Freud.

When she was 4, her parents separated, and she lived with both her maternal and paternal grandparents until her mother remarried; she also stayed in contact with her father, who has painted several portraits of her. She was educated at the Lycee Francais de Londres, and then studied English and European Literature at Warwick University. Since 1975 she has worked as a tapestry artist.[1]

She became interested in poetry in the late 1990's, after attending a reading by Anne Carson. In Freud's words: " Here was something grand, disturbing, like a horse rearing up on its hind legs in protest." Freud began writing her own poetry, and giving readings. In 2006 her earliest poems were published in pamphet form as A Voids Officer Achieves the Tree Pose, followed in 2007 by her debut full collection, The Best Man that Ever Was.[1]

She teaches the Advanced Class of the Poetry Writing Course at City University, London.[2] She has a daughter, May.[3]


In 2007 The Best Man Who Ever Was was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and Freud won the Glen Dimplex New Writers' Award for Poetry.[1]



  • A Voids Officer Achieves the Tree Pose (pamphlet). London: Donut Press, 2006.
  • The Best Man that Ever Was. London: Picador, 2007.
  • The Mirabelles. London: Picador, 2010.
  • The Remains. London: Picador, 2015.
Annie Freud reads 'Maidenhair'

Annie Freud reads 'Maidenhair'

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Annie Freud (b. 1948), The Poetry Archive. Web, Jan. 15, 2014.
  2. The Mirabelles by Annie Freud", The Guardian, January 24, 2011. Web, Jan. 15, 2014.
  3. Annie Freud, Authors, Picador. Web, Jan. 15, 2014.
  4. Search results = au:Annie Freud, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 25, 2014.

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