Marianne Burton

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Marianne Burton recited poetry from earliest childhood, because her mother wanted her daughters to “speak proper”. She won her first poetry prize for an elegy to a dead butterfly. She qualified as a solicitor, working in the City advising Friendly Societies, and as a director on the board of a pharmaceutical company. Both jobs have fuelled her writing: “People wanted me to understand the intricacies of their lives.”

In 2010, Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy, who encouraged her to put together her first collection, She Inserts the Key, tutored her at Ty Newydd.