Ua fanthorpe

U.A. Fanthorpe (1929-2009). Courtesy Enitharmon Press.

Ursula Askham Fanthorpe
Born Ursula Askham Fanthorpe
July 22 1929(1929-Template:MONTHNUMBER-22)
Died April 28 2009(2009-Template:MONTHNUMBER-28) (aged 79)
Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Occupation Poet
Citizenship United Kingdom British
Education St Anne's College, Oxford
Period 1978-2007
Genres Poetry
Notable work(s) Side Effects, Collected Poems, From Me To You: Love Poems
Notable award(s) Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
Partner(s) R. V. "Rosie" Bailey

Ursula Askham Fanthorpe CBE FRSL (22 July 1929 - 28 April 2009) was an English poet.

Life Edit

Fanthorpe grew up in Kent, England.[1] She was educated at St Catherine's School, Bramley in Surrey; and then attended St Anne's College, Oxford, where she received a first-class degree in English language and literature

Fanthorpe subsequently taught English at Cheltenham Ladies' College for 16 years. She then abandoned teaching for jobs as a secretary, receptionist, and hospital clerk in Bristol - in her poems, she later remembered some of the patients for whose records she had been responsible .[2]

Fanthorpe's first volume of poetry, Side Effects, was published in 1978. She was writer in residence at St Martin's College, Lancaster (now University of Cumbria) (1983–85), as well as Northern Arts fellow at Durham and Newcastle Universities.[3][4]

In 1987 Fanthorpe went freelance, giving readings around the country and occasionally abroad. In 1994 she was nominated for the post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford.[5] Her 9 collections of poems were published by Peterloo Poets. Her Collected Poems was published in 2005.

Many of her poems are for two voices. In her readings the other voice is that of Bristol academic and teacher R.V. "Rosie" Bailey, Fanthorpe's life partner of 44 years. The couple co-wrote a collection of poems, From Me To You: love poems, that was published in 2007 by Enitharmon.[6]

Fanthorpe died, aged 79, on 28 April 2009, in a hospice near her home in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire.[5][7]


Fanthorpe was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

She was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2001 for services to poetry.

In 2003 she received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

In 2006 she was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Bath.[8]



  • Side Effects. Liskeard, Cornwall, UK: Harry Chambers / Peterloo Poets, 1978.
  • Our Earth (by U.A. Fanthorpe, Andrew Motion, & David Pownall). Gisburn, Lancashire, UK: Platform Poets, 1981.
  • Standing To. Liskeard, Cornwall, UK: Harry Chambers / Peterloo Poets, 1982.
  • Voices Off. Liskeard, Cornwall, UK: Harry Chambers / Peterloo Poets, 1984.
  • Selected Poems. Upton Cross, Cornwall, UK: Peterloo Poets, 1986; Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin, 1986.
  • A Watching Brief. Calstock, Cornwall, UK: Peterloo Poets, 1987.
  • Selected Poems: Compiled from the poet's earlier collections. Penguin, 1989.
  • Neck-verse. Calstock, Cornwall, UK: Peterloo Poets, 1992.
  • Safe as Houses. Calstock, Cornwall, UK: Peterloo Poets / Brownsville, OR: Story Line Press, 1995.
  • Penguin Modern Poets 6 (U.A. Fanthorpe, Elma Mitchell, Charles Causley). London & New York: Penguin, 1996.
  • Consequences. Calstock, Cornwall, UK: Peterloo Poets, 2000.
  • Christmas Poems (illustrated by Nick Wadley). London: Enitharmon Press / Calstock, Cornwall, UK: Peterloo Poets, 2002.
  • Queueing for the Sun. Calstock, Cornwall, UK: Peterloo Poets, 2003.
  • Collected Poems, 1978-2003. Calstock, Cornwall, UK: Peterloo Poets, 2005.
  • Homing In: Selected local poems. Cheltenham, UK: Cyder Press, 2006.
  • From Me to You: Love poems (by U.A. Fanthorpe & R.V. Bailey; illustrated by Nick Wadley). London: Enitharmon Press / Calstock, Cornwall, UK: Peterloo Poets, 2007.
  • New and Collected Poems. London: Enitharmon Press, 2010.


  • Dymock: The time and place. Gloucestershire, UK: Cyder Press (Laurie Lee Memorial Lecture #3), 2002.
    UA Fanthorpe - Can you read me one of your poems?

    UA Fanthorpe - Can you read me one of your poems?

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[9]

See alsoEdit

Not My Best Side U.A

Not My Best Side U.A. Fanthorpe


  • Eddie Wainwright (1995). Taking Stock: a first study of the poetry of U.A. Fanthorpe. Peterloo Poets. ISBN 978-1-871471-47-2. 
  • Sandie, Elizabeth (2009). Acts of Resistance: The poetry of U.A.Fanthorpe. Calstock Cornwall: Peterloo Poets. ISBN 978-1-904324-53-9. 



  1. U.A. Fanthorpe (1929-2009), The Poetry Archive. Web, Jan. 12, 2014.
  2. UA Fanthorpe obituary, Announcements, ThisIs, Web, Jan. 12, 2014.
  3. "UA Fanthorpe (1929 – 2009) by R V Bailey" for Second Light
  4. "The North East Literary Fellowship". School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, University of Newcastle. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "British poet UA Fanthorpe dies". BBC News. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2009. 
  6. U.A. Fanthorpe, R. V. Bailey, From Me To You, London: Enitharmon Press 2007
  7. "Obituaries: UA Fanthorpe". The Telegraph. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  8. University of Bath "Degree ceremonies finish at Bath Abbey today", 2006
  9. Search results =au:U.A. Fanthorpe, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Jan. 12, 2014.

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