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Jo Shapcott was born in London in 1953 and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and she later won a Harkness Fellowship to Harvard University. Poems from her three award-winning collections—Electroplating the Baby (1988), Phrase Book (1992), and My Life Asleep (1998)—are gathered in a selected poems, Her Book (2000). She has won a number of literary prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection, and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Tender Taxes, her versions of Rilke, was published in 2001. Her most recent collection, Of Mutability, was published by Faber in 2010 and won the Costa Book Award. In 2011 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.