LINDA FRANCE is based close to Hadrian’s Wall, near Hexham, in Northumberland. She is currently concerned with writing about plants, visiting botanical gardens in the UK and abroad. Since 1992, she has published seven poetry collections with Bloodaxe, Smokestack and Arc, including The Gentleness of the Very Tall, The Toast of the Kit Cat Club,Book of Days and You are Her. She has worked on a number of collaborations with visual artists and musicians, and around forty Public Art projects. Linda edited the ground-breaking anthology Sixty Women Poets (Bloodaxe 1993) and was the Leverhulme Artist in Residence at Moorbank from 2010 to 2011. In 2014 Linda won the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition.