Goldsworthy, Vesna

Vesna Goldsworthy

Elected: 2021

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Vesna Goldsworthy was born in Belgrade but has lived in London since 1986. She writes in English, her third language. Two of her internationally bestselling books, a memoir,Chernobyl Strawberries, and a novel,Gorsky, were serialised for the BBC. Her award-winning poetry collection, TheAngel of Salonika, was the Times Poetry Book of the Year. A former BBC World Service journalist, she is currently professor in creative writing at UEA and the University of Exeter.

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