UEA alumna Kathryn Simmonds is to be the inaugural Charles Causley Poet in Residence, based in Launceston, Cornwall, where the late Charles Causley’s house is being renovated for future residencies with assistance from Arts Council England, Cornwall Council, Literature Works and Launceston Town Council. Kathryn (pictured) graduated from the UEA Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2002. She received an Eric Gregory Award in the same year and her pamphlet, ‘Snug’, was published in 2004. Her debut collection ‘Sunday at the Skin Launderette’ won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines and broadcast on Radio 4, and she has written an afternoon play for Radio 4, ‘Poetry for Beginners’. Her second poetry collection ‘The Visitations’ will be published by Seren later this year. Her first novel ‘Love and Fallout’ will be published, also by Seren, in 2014.