U. A. Fanthorpe entry: Overview screen.
Writing and Life
Works By
The poetry of U. A. Fanthorpe was hailed with some enthusiasm when it began to appear in print in the later twentieth century. She was a late starter but once started was consistently prolific. She published verse for children and snatches of autobiography and criticism; the promised novels did not appear. Most of her poems centre on ordinary people, often losers but sometimes petty tyrants, many of them women, and a few children, animals, or objects. She writes in own voice, as a meticulously detached observer, and in the voices of others in dramatic monologues. Many poems are set in hospitals, and many employ the slangy vigour of demotic speech.
22 July 1929 UAF was born at Lee Green in Kent, some way south and east of London. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 April 1974 UAF, working as a receptionist at a small neurological hospital, wrote her very first poem on this day, according to her partner R. V. Bailey. Bibliographic Citation link.
1978 UAF published her first book of poetry, Side Effects; by 1986 it had gone through four impressions. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 April 2008 UAF and R. V. Bailey jointly published From Me to You: Love Poems, a collection of poems from many occasions. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 April 2009 UAF died in a hospice near Wotton-under-Edge the day before the announcement that Carol Ann Duffy had been appointed first woman Poet Laureate, an honour that Duffy had wished Fanthorpe to have. Bibliographic Citation link.
Back to Top