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Kitty Donnelly was born in Oxford to Irish parents.

She has lived in Oxford, Cumbria, London, Swansea, Chichester and currently lives in West Yorkshire.

In 2005/6, she had her first poems published by Acumen, The Forward Press and in the Samaritan’s Anthology as well as being short and long-listed for several poetry competitions.

In 2007, she took a long-break from writing and submitting poems following the birth of her daughter.

In 2016, her poem Migration was commended in the Southport Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition and she was long-listed for the Canterbury University Poet of the Year for her poem Night At Whitestone Farm. Her poems West Pier and An Immigrant, Dover were short-listed in the Hungry Hill Wild Atlantic Words 2016 Poetry Competition and have appeared in the recent anthology. She has been published in Mslexia and Message in A Bottle in 2016.

In 2017, she has been published in Acumen, The American Journal of Poetry, The Dawntreader, The Fenland Reed and Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Her pamphlet, No Tranquil Season, has recently been Highly Commended in the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize. She had two poems in the October 2017 issue of Quadrant. In 2018 she has had work accepted by the New Welsh Review, Domestic Cherry and has just been long-listed in or The Plough Prize. She is currently supporting the Big Lit Festival and has some poems in a window somewhere…

She regularly reviews poetry books for Mslexia. She also assists in editing the online journal The Beautiful Space – A Journal of Mind, Art and Poetry.