Rebecca Goss

Rebecca Goss was born in Suffolk in 1974, a place to which she has recently returned after 20 years in Liverpool, a city she loves for its beauty. At the age of 15, she won The W H Smith Young Writers’ Award, judged by Ted Hughes.

Her Birth is an autobiographical sequence about her daughter, Ella, who was born with an incurable heart condition and lived for only 16 months. “I worried that this subject would be too sad for the reader. I started out censoring the poems a little but soon released I had to tell it exactly how it happened. I miss her, and the poems let me do that but in a very controlled way.” Her biggest influence is the American author Jayne Anne Phillips and she often describes herself as a “frustrated short story writer”.