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Linda France is a poet, tutor, editor and mentor, teaching Creative Writing at Newcastle University. She is based near Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland and is pursuing her PhD on Women and Landscape. She studied English and History at Leeds University, and lived in London and Amsterdam before returning to the UK’s North East.
Born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, when she was five years old her family moved to the other end of the country, to Poole, Dorset. While this shift – in geography, accent and culture – uprooted her, it also sharpened her awareness of the power of language. The last, late child of older parents, she immersed herself in reading and writing. Her first literary attempts were historical plays that her fellow students performed in classrooms and castles. Later, Linda would write two commissioned dramas – one about family and fate and the other about Frida Kahlo; class, gender, history and art are recurring preoccupations in her work.
She is currently completing her doctoral research on Women and Landscape, focussed on Allen Banks, a limestone gorge and ancient woodland, landscaped in the 19th century by Susan Davidson and cared for now by the National Trust.