Laura Mucha studied psychology, philosophy and flying trapeze, worked as a face painter and swam in Antarctica before becoming a lawyer for an international law firm. Then, when she was hit by a car aged 29, she decided to change career – she’s now a full time poet, author and speaker.
Laura has won two international poetry prizes (the Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2016 and the YorkMix Poems for Children 2019), and her poems have been widely published around the world. They’ve appeared on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and have been illustrated by Chris Riddell, set to music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and performed by Helena Bonham Carter. In 2018, Poetry Ireland featured her alongside Jackie Kay as one of eight poets displayed on the Dublin overground, and last year, Poems in the Waiting Room selected her poems to be distributed to medical centres, rest homes and prisons around New Zealand.
Her debut picture book, Rita’s Rabbit, is due to be published by Faber in 2021, and her debut poetry collection, Dear Ugly Sisters, by Otter-Barry Books later this year. She also writes non-fiction for both children and adults – Richard Curtis described her debut book, Love Factually / We Need to Talk About Love (Bloomsbury, 2019) as ‘much better and more useful than my film’.
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