Judy Brown was born in Cheshire and studied English at the universities of Cambridge and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has lived in Northumberland, Cumbria, Hong Kong and London. Judy is now based in Derbyshire, working as a freelance writer, tutor and mentor.
During 2013 Judy was Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust, at Dove Cottage in Grasmere. She is one of the Gladstone Library’s Writers in Residence for 2014, working there in June.
Her first book, Loudness (Seren, 2011) was shortlisted for the 2011 Forward/Felix Dennis and 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh prizes for best first collection.
Her first pamphlet, Pillars of Salt (Templar, 2006) was a winner in Templar Poetry’s pamphlet Award.
Her poems have appeared in The Guardian, Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, The Spectator and the New Statesman as well as in various anthologies such as Identity Parade (Bloodaxe, 2010), Salt’s Best British Poetry 2011 and the Forward Books of Poetry (2006 and 2012).
Judy won the Manchester Poetry Prize (2010), the Poetry London Competition (2009) and the Hamish Canham Poetry Prize (2005). She won first prize in Café Writers Open Poetry Competition 2013 and the Kent & Sussex Open Poetry Competition 2013.