Jo Shapcott entry: Overview screen.
24 March 1953
JS was born in London
; in a poem she calls this year "myopic . . . full of the coronation illusion." She is a second child, an only daughter with one brother.
JS (who had already won the South West Arts Literature Award in 1982) was awarded first prize in the National Poetry Competition for a poem called "The Surrealists' Summer Convention Came to Our City".
By 29 January 2000
JS published with Faber Her Book: Poems 1988-1998
, which reprints her selections from her three previous collections.