Kaddy Benyon was born in Cambridge and grew up in Suffolk.  In 2010 she 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 Publishing). Kaddy is 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 January 2016 where she wrote poems toward her second collection, The Tidal Wife (Salt Publishing, 2018). Between 2017 and 2019, Kaddy collaborated with artist Miranda Boulton on a project called 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. Previously, Kaddy worked as a television scriptwriter and wrote over seventy episodes of Hollyoaks and Grange Hill.  She currently works as a mentor to students with disabilities at the University of Cambridge.

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