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Ayala Kingsley was born in Israel in 1953 — a lifetime ago — but was brought up in an industrial suburb of Manchester. She now lives in Oxford where she earns her living as a graphic designer and saves her sanity by performing as a butoh dancer — to the extent her eyesight allows the former and her knees the latter.
Kingsley is a founder member of the experimental dance collective Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre, formed in 1997 (the year she also began to write) which seeks to express in movement the same ‘commitment to existence’ that her poetry does in words.
She is currently working on a short series of poems inspired by Café Reason’s recent Orpheus production. Kingsley’s poems have been published in several leading magazines, including Acumen, Ambit, The Frogmore Papers, The Interpreter’s House, Magma, The Oxford Magazine and The Shop, as well as in the collection East of Auden and the pamphlet Three Voices, and have won prizes in the Orbis ‘Rhyme International’ competition, the Davoren Hanna competition and the Troubadour Poetry Prize.