U. A. FANTHORPE (1929 - 2009) was born in Kent and read English at St Anne's College, Oxford, before training as a teacher. She was Head of English at Cheltenham Ladies' College, and then 'became a middle-aged drop-out in order to write', publishing her first collection, Side Effects, in 1978. Her first Selected Poems was published by Penguin in 1986. Enitharmon Press publish her New & Collected Poems (2010), her Christmas Poems (2002) and From Me to You: Love Poems (2007). In 1994 U. A. Fanthorpe was the first woman to be nominated for the post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford. She was awarded the CBE in 2001 and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2003.