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Ursula Askham ('U.A.') Fanthorpe (1929-2009), Poet

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in Kent, Fanthorpe first began to write poetry while working as a hospital clerk, 'I felt obliged to describe the strange specialness of the patients' she states. Though she came to poetry late in her career, Fanthorpe has been both prolific and greatly successful; in 2001 she received a CBE for services to poetry and in 2003 was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

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Ursula Askham ('U.A.') Fanthorpe

by Mark Gerson
C-type colour print, 2004
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Ursula Askham ('U.A.') Fanthorpe; Rosie Bailey

by Jemimah Kuhfeld
bromide print, July 2006
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