Jo Shapcott

  • Co-investigator and Project Poet
  • Member of The Faerie Queene Liturgy Commission

    Jo Shapcott is writing the new Faerie Queene liturgy for contemporary society together with Ewan Fernie, Andrew Shanks and Michael Symmons Roberts and in consultation with the special Liturgical Commissions we've set up. She was born in London. Her Book: Poems 1988-1998 consists of a selection of poetry from her three earlier collections: Electroplating the Baby (1988) which won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998) which won the Forward Poetry Prize. She has also won the National Poetry Competition twice. She has a Cholmondeley Award and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has edited an anthology of contemporary poetry with Mathew Sweeney called Emergency Kit: Poems for Strange Times (1996). She has published versions of Rilke's French poems (Tender Taxes, Faber and Faber 2002) and is Professor of Poetry at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is President of the Poetry Society. Her latest book of poems has the Spenserian title Of Mutability, was published by Faber and Faber in July 2010, and won the Costa Coffee Poetry Prize in 2011. The cover is pictured here.