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Sheenagh Pugh
Sheenagh Pugh (born 1950 in Birmingham) is a British poet, novelist and translator who writes in the English language. Sheenagh Pugh studied languages at the University of Bristol. She lives in Cardiff and teaches writing at the University of Glamorgan. Her collection of poetry, Stonelight (1999) won the Wales Book of the Year award in 2000. She has twice won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition. Her collection of poetry The Beautiful Lie (Seren, 2002) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and the collection The Movement of Bodies (Seren, 2005) was selected as a Poetry Book Society recommendation and also shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. Pugh's interest in northern landscapes is well-known and a strong feature of her work. She spends a significant proportion of her time in Shetland, where one of her novels, Kirstie's Witnesses, is set. Her poem 'Sometimes' (Selected Poems (1990)) appeared in Poems on the Underground and is among her best-known works, though Pugh herself states on her website that she "long ago got sick of it"[1] and no longer allows it to be anthologised or used in examination questions. Politically correct versions of this poem using inclusive language have been published, ruining the scansion and raising Pugh's ire.

the beautiful lie
He was about four, I think... it was so long ago.
In a garden; he'd done some damage
behin... [read poem]
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