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Ms Annemarie Cooper

Nationality: United Kingdom

Year: 1991

Subject Area: Arts and Humanities

Funded to develop my first poetry collection in 1991, I foolishly got sidetracked by writing two novels, ĎThe Hero of the Dreamí and ĎThe Carefree Deadí. Neither of these was accepted for publication despite my best efforts. My first poetry collection, ĎSeedí was published by Flarestack in 2000- a tiny print run of 25 copies. I have had poems published in a variety of lesser known poetry magazines and 4 short stories accepted for publication. I have made my living by supply teaching- a difficult combination and have had many financial problems because I just cannot buckle down to 9-5 full time work. I just have to have the energy to write. My work in poetry is still developing Ė it goes down well in workshops but I have a long way to go before I can call myself first rate. I love writing and Iíd love to find a really good idea for a novel but a long term project is out of the question until I retire in 2013- it canít come fast enough!

So not a success in financial terms or as far as recognition goes but Iíve written some stuff thatís worth reading and been very happy in those times of creativity. Currently I am researching crop circles and Iíve managed to get a tent from a friend and intend to go to Wiltshire and look for some.