Jacqueline Gabbitas was born in Worksop, Notts. Her poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, The Forward Book of Poetry (Faber & Faber, 2010) and Entering the Tapestry (Enitharmon Press, 2005). Her short collections include Mid Lands (Hearing Eye, 2007), Earthworks (2012) and Small Grass (2014) with Frances Barry (both Stonewood Press). Jacqueline has read at various festivals and events including The Times Oxford Literary Festival, and for BBC Radio 3’s The Verb.
She was short listed in the New Writing Ventures Awards and has won various writing prizes including 3rd Prize in the Poetry on the Lake’s Silver Wyvern competition (Italy) and The Hallam Prize in the Sheffield Thursday Competition. In 2009 ‘Harnessing the Power of Grass’, an early version of Small Grass, was highly commended in the Forward Prize, and in 2012 she was awarded an Arts Council Grants for the Arts to complete her first full collection, a book-length poem The Book of Grass. Jacqueline is a Hawthornden Fellow and co-editor of Brittle Star magazine.