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.  Kaddy was shortlisted for the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize and went on to win the Crashaw Prize  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 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 where she wrote poems toward her second collection, The Tidal Wife (Salt, 2018). Kaddy is also collaborating with artist Miranda Boulton and literary critic Victoria Best on a project called A Painter & A Poet: Female Creativity and the Art of Friendship, which consists of poems, paintings and essays produced in response to the friendship between Winifred Nicholson and Kathleen Raine. Kaddy’s third collection, Robbergirls, is forthcoming from Salt in 2023. Kaddy regularly critiques for other writers, and works as a specialist mentor to students with disabilities at the University of Cambridge.

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