Frances Leviston

Frances Leviston

Frances Leviston was born in Edinburgh in 1982. She grew up in Sheffield and read English at St Hilda’s College,Oxford. In 2006 she received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. Public Dream, her first collection, was published in 2007 by Picador and shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The London Review of Books, The Guardian, The Times, The TLS, and various anthologies. She works as a freelance writer and an occasional writing tutor.


Friday poem: 'A Token'

Friday poem: 'A Token'

by Frances Leviston

In the poky attic
bedroom a bit-broken
cocktail umbrella
made of blonde toothpicks
and crêpe paper
printed with bamboo
stands proud of a shut
paperback book