poet, born in Glasgow. Her first book, Slattern (1995), was acclaimed for its highly melodious yet taut handling of the language, and for its acute observation of men, marriages, and adolescents which often draws on her experience as a schoolteacher in the East End of London. It includes a series of love poems with lucid descriptions of female desire and hurt. In Samarkand (1999) she uses longer, often narrative forms to explore masculine violence, national identity, fulfilment in love, grief, and the meaning of ‘home’. A recent collection, Newborn, was published in 2004.