Christy Ducker

Christy lives in Northumberland. She recently completed a PhD at Newcastle University, researching and writing poems about the Victorian lighthousekeeper, Grace Darling. Christy works as a teacher of creative writing. Her poetry commissions include residencies for Port of Tyne, English Heritage and Northumbria Police.She was a winner in the 2010 Book & Pamphlet Competition with Armour, which was also named PBS Pamphlet Choice for Autumn 2011. Her first full-length collection, Skipper, is published this year.

‘Skipper is concerned with human vulnerability, and with how we keep our balance in an unstable world. In the midst of writing these poems, I had a lot of surgery which sharpened my interest in survival as a theme. There are plenty of poems about identity, health and hospitals here, but there’s also a strong historical inflection: what can survive of past lives? Skipper explores our relationship with history, and opens out into a long sequence about the Victorian lighthousekeeper, Grace Darling.

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