The very first Charles Causley Poet in Residence Kathryn Simmonds was born in Hertfordshire and worked in children’s publishing before taking a creative writing MA at the University of East Anglia in 2002. She received an Eric Gregory Award in the same year and her pamphlet, Snug, a winner in the Smith/Doorstop pamphlet competition, was published in 2004. Her 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 was published by Seren just before her residency, and also published her first novel Love and Fallout in 2014.