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Fokkina McDonnell

  • Northern Writers' Award for Poetry, 2020
Fokkina McDonnell

Fokkina McDonnell is Dutch-born and has lived in the UK for most of her adult life. Following a career as an Occupational Psychologist and Psychotherapist, she closed her Manchester practice to focus on her writing.

Her poems have been widely anthologised, published online and in magazines, including The North, Magma, The Frogmore Papers, Mslexia, Orbis, Strix, erbacce, The Journal and Poetry News. Poems have also been commended or placed in competitions, such as Ver Poets, Poetry on the Lake, Ambit, Magma, Barnet, Manchester Cathedral. Fokkina was awarded the Sonnet Prize in the 2012 Ware Poets Open Poetry competition. Her poem ‘Partial view of a loch’ was nominated for the 2019 Forward Prize for best single poem.

Fokkina has two poetry collections: Another life with Oversteps Books Ltd (2016) and Nothing serious, nothing dangerous with Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd (2019). Her pamphlet, A Stolen Hour, was published by Gren Hen Press in spring 2020.

She has a special interest in haiku and tanka, and the collaborative writing process of renku. Fokkina blogs weekly on where she also features other poets.


“This is a huge vote of confidence for a challenging project.”

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