South West Writers

Annabel Banks

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About the Author

Annabel Banks is a literary artist who works in both poetry and prose. She is experienced in running workshops and events for all ages and abilities, in giving talks on the practice and process of creative writing, and has given many readings of her own work.

Annabel has won, or been nominated for, a number of literary awards. Most notably, she won both of Cambridge University’s creative writing prizes, the Ryan Kinsella Poetry Prize and the RSC “Other” Prize for theatre.

She subsequently won full funding for both her MA in prose and her practice-based poetry PhD, ‘Poetry and the Archive’, in which she brought together the words of people in Cornwall with the contents of an 18th century mining company archive.

In 2015 Annabel received three nominations for the Pushcart Prize (two for fiction and one for poetry), a nomination for the Queen’s Ferry Press Best Short Fictions 2016, and a further nomination for Blazvox’s Bettering American Poetry.

Her work can be found in literary journals, magazines and anthologies including The Manchester Review, International Times, Litro, and 3:AM. Annabel has also completed her first novel, The Lockpicker’s Guide, and is working on her second, provisionally titled I Can Help You Live.

When not writing Annabel has nursed sick robots, built F1 cars, and lectured for English and Creative Writing degrees. She enjoys running poetry workshops in archives and ruined buildings and making poetry pamphlets by hand.

Recent Publications

Publications this year include poetry in 3:AM Magazine, Envoi, The Clearing, International Times and fiction in The Manchester Review, Litro and matchbook.

Full details of the publications can be found at

Current Events/Projects

For full details of Annabel's latest readings and publications please see the 'latest' page at

Awards and Residencies

Guest lecture: University of Creative Arts Scrivener Sessions

Queen's Ferry Press Best Short Fictions 2016 nomination Payment to the Universe matchbook, 2015

Pushcart Prize nomination (fiction) Payment to the Universe matchbook, 2015

Blazevox Bettering American Poetry nomination 'Phenomenology' Dirty Chai Magazine, 2015

Pushcart Prize nomination (poetry) 'Phenomenology' Dirty Chai Magazine, 2015

Pushcart Prize nomination (fiction) Harmless Sick Lit Magazine, 2015

Baltic/Brora Writing Residency Finalist 2015

European Social Fund PhD Award 'Poetry and the Archive' Full fees and stipend / 2011-2014

Whitechapel Journal Short Fiction Prize O Have You Seen The Devle 2011

London Bridge Festival Fiction Prize London Life Second Place / 2010

AHRC Studentship MA Creative Writing (RHUL) Full fees and stipend / 2010

Lucy Cavendish College Annual Arts Award 2010

Cambridge University / Royal Shakespeare Company "Other" Prize 2010

Lucy Cavendish College Annual Arts Award 2009

Cambridge University John Kinsella / Tracy Ryan Poetry Prize 'Clarity' 2009

Lucy Cavendish College Annual Arts Award 2008

Available For

Workshops (poetry and prose, creative/critical/pedagogy) Lectures Residencies Readings Festivals Creative collaborations

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