Jill Dawson


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Durham, The United Kingdom
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Jill Dawson was born in Durham and grew up in Staffordshire, Essex and Yorkshire. She read American Studies at the University of Nottingham, then took a series of short-term jobs in London before studying for an MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. In 1997 she was the British Council Writing Fellow at Amherst College, Massachussets.

Her writing life began as a poet, her poems being published in a variety of small press magazines, and in one pamphlet collection, White Fish with Painted Nails (1990). She won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry in 1992.

She edited several books for Virago, including The Virago Book of Wicked Verse (1992) and The Virago Book of Love Letters (1994). She has also edited a collection of short stories, Scho
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“That's a rare thing: to love someone, not for how you think of them, but for how they think of themselves.”
Jill Dawson, Lucky Bunny

“(I never crush a relationship dead, I once boasted. Meaning: I always leave something in case I want to pick it up later.)”
Jill Dawson, The Tell-Tale Heart

“You know how I used to joke that your mother had three thousand six hundred and twenty-two feelings and I had the requisite five basic ones which have an evolutionary purpose? Because, quite frankly, most of the time I didn’t know what the bloody hell she was on about? Well, since coming round from surgery I’m finding myself having others, another . . . perhaps the sixth emotion.”
Jill Dawson, The Tell-Tale Heart

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