Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson
Fiona Sampson (Photo Ekaterina Voskresenskaya)

Fiona Sampson is a leading British poet and writer, published in thirty-eight languages, who has received a number of awards in the US, India and Europe. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, of the English Association and of the Wordsworth Trust, she’s published twenty-seven books and received an MBE for Services to Literature.

Professor Emerita of the University of Roehampton, she’s served on the Council of the Royal Society of Literature and is a Trustee of the Royal Literary Fund. She recently received the 2019 Naim Frashëri Laureateship of Albania and Macedonia, and the 2020 European Lyric Atlas Prize, Bosnia. Other honours include the Newdigate Prize, Cholmondeley Prize, Hawthornden Fellowship, numerous awards from the Arts Councils of England and of Wales, Society of Authors, Poetry Book Society and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, as well as various national Book of the Year selections, and she has twice been a finalist for both the T.S. Eliot and the Forward Prizes.

Also a broadcaster and newspaper critic, librettist and literary translator, she was editor of Poetry Review 2005-12 and has published two critically acclaimed biographies: In Search of Mary Shelley (2018, finalist for the Biographers’ Club Slightly Foxed Prize) and Two-Way Mirror: The life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (2021).