Naomi Foyle

Naomi Foyle is a writer, lecturer and human rights activist.

Her debut poetry collection The Night Pavilion (Waterloo Press 2008), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was followed by The World Cup (WP 2010), which reflects on love, football, travel and international political activism. Her poems have won prizes in contests including The Rialto/RSPB Nature Poetry competition and the Apples & Snakes ‘The Book Bites Back’ award, and appear in anthologies including The Poetry of Sex (Penguin 2014). For ‘her poetry and essays about Ukraine’ Naomi Foyle was awarded the 2014 Hryhorii Skovoroda prize, which she plans to collect this autumn in Kyiv.

Naomi is also the librettist of the chamber opera Hush, produced in Toronto in 1991. Her verse drama’ The Strange Wife was produced at the Bush Theatre as part of Sixty-Six Books: 21st Century Writers Speak to the King James Bible (Oberon Books, 2011). Her videopoem Good Definition won the 2004 Hastings Word About Town filmpoem competition. 

Naomi Foyle is currently focusing on science fiction. Her debut SF novel, cyberchiller Seoul Survivors (Jo Fletcher Books), was named by the Guardian as ‘among the best in recent SF’. Astra (JFB 2014) is the first book of The Gaia Chronicles, a science fantasy series set in a post-fossil fuel world. Book Two, Rook Song, is forthcoming in 2015, with sequels annually until 2017.

Naomi Foyle holds a doctorate in Creative Writing from the University of Wales and is a Senior Lecturer in CW at the University of Chichester. As co-founder of British Writers in Support of Palestine, she campaigns for the cultural and academic boycott of Israel. This autumn, as artist-in-residence at Fabrica Gallery in Brighton, she will be encouraging audiences to explore how metaphors of the sea might help dissolve boundaries between our political, psychological and creative selves.

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