Elizabeth Burns (1957-2015), of Scots heritage, spent her formative years and was largely educated in Scotland before settling in her mid-thirties in Lancaster. A ‘poet’s poet’, she published four collections in her lifetime. Ophelia and Other Poems (1991), The Gift of Light (1999), The Lantern Bearers (2007) and Held (2010) as well as numerous pamphlets.  A posthumous collection, Lightkeepers, was published in 2016. She won many prizes in her lifetime including the inaugural Michael Marks Award in 2009, the BBC Radio 3 Proms Poetry Competition in 2012 and was posthumously shortlisted for the Ted Hughes award in 2016 for her pamphlet Clay (2015).

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