Kaddy Benyon was born in Cambridge and grew up in Suffolk. She started her career as a television scriptwriter and wrote over seventy episodes of Hollyoaks and Grange Hill.  In 2010 Kaddy was shortlisted for the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize. She won the Crashaw Prize in 2011 with the manuscript for her debut collection, Milk Fever (Salt, 2012). Kaddy is also a Granta New Poet, and was Invited Poet at The Polar Museum in Cambridge from 2012-15 where she collaborated with costume designer Lindsey Holmes on a text-and-textiles exhibition, The Snow Queen Retold. Kaddy had a short residency with The Bothy Project on the Scottish island of Eigg in 2016 where she wrote poems toward her second collection, The Tidal Wife (Salt, 2018). Between 2017 and 2019, Kaddy collaborated with artist Miranda Boulton and literary critic Victoria Best on A Painter & A Poet: Female Creativity and the Art of Friendship, a collection of poems and paintings produced in response to the friendship between Winifred Nicholson and Kathleen Raine. Kaddy’s third collection, The Mirror and its Fragments, is forthcoming from Salt in 2023. Kaddy regularly critiques for other writers, and works as a mentor to students with disabilities at the University of Cambridge.

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