Carole Bromley was born in Middlesbrough and now lives in York. She is married with four children and thirteen grandchildren.
Her poems have been widely published in magazines including Poetry Review, Poetry News, The North, Magma, Mslexia, The Rialto, Strix, Coast to Coast to Coast and Butcher’s Dog and she has twice been a winner in the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition. She has two pamphlets, Unscheduled Halt (2004) and Skylight (2009) and three collections, A Guided Tour of the Ice House (2011), The Stonegate Devil (2015) and Blast Off (2017) with Smith/Doorstop, The Peregrine Falcons of York Minster (2020) with Valley Press and Sodium 136 (2019) with Calder Valley.
Individual poems have won a number of first prizes, including the 2022 Caterpillar Prize. Carole is a past winner of The Bridport, the Yorkshire Open, Torbay, Poetry Space and the Bronte Society Literary Prize. In 2019 she was awarded the Hamish Canham Prize by the Poetry Society. She has been placed in the following competitions: Hippocrates (third prize, 2022), Keats Shelley, Torriano, Manchester Cathedral, Elmet, Ilkley, Barnet, Northampton, Mslexia, Big Issue in the North, Grey Hen, Poetry on the Lake, Plough, Housman Society, Whiteadder Press, Staple, BT Stay in Touch, Guardian Text Message Poems, Ware, New Forest, Lancaster Litfest, Arvon, Thomas Hardy Society, Manchester Writing for Children Award.
Carole was an Arvon/Jerwood mentee in 2010. She has performed at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and run workshops at Aldeburgh and at the Bridlington and York Poetry Festivals. In 2020 she performed her children’s poems at the Imagine Festival at the Royal Festival Hall and in July 2022 is appearing at the Little Lindi Festival in Northumberland.
Judge of a number of poetry competitions including the YorkMix Poems for Children Prize and the Candlestick Press Competition for poems about snow as well as the 2022 Paper Swans Pamphlet Competition.
She has degrees from the Universities of Reading, London and York and an MPhil in Writing from Glamorgan. For many years an English teacher in her home town of York, she taught Creative Writing at York University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning for fifteen years.
Carole is also the Poetry Society’s stanza rep for York and a large group of poets from a wide area meet at her home every month to share their work. She has taught for Arvon, runs poetry surgeries for The Poetry Society and is a mentor with The Poetry School. She is available for readings and workshops in schools and at festivals.