Jacob Polley was born in Carlisle in 1975. He is the author of two poetry collections, both published by Picador, and a novel, Talk of the Town. He teaches at the University of St Andrews and lives in Fife.
‘Jackself’ Nominated for 2016 T S Elliot Prize - 6 days ago
Jacob’s fourth volume of poetry ‘Jackself‘ has been shortlisted for the 2016 TS Eliot Prize. Other nominees are: Rachael Boast Void Studies / Picador Vahni Capildeo Measures of Expatriation / Carcanet Ian Duhig The Blind Road-Maker / Picador J O Morgan Interference Pattern / Cape Poetry Bernard O’Donoghue The Seasons of Cullen Church / Faber...
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Shore to Shore with Carol Ann Duffy - 5 months ago
Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will undertake a nationwide tour of independent bookshops this summer to support the 10th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week. Starting on Sunday 19th June and partnering with independent bookshops around the UK, the “Shore to Shore: Celebrating Poetry and Community with the Laureate and Friends” tour will see Duffy perform...
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‘Jackself’ Publication Date Announced - 5 months ago
Picador have announced the publication date of Jacob Polley’s fourth collection of poetry, ‘Jackself’ on November 3, 2016. Four years after Jacob’s last collection. ‘The Havocs’, Jackself sees Jacob at the height of his powers. In one of the most original books of poetry to appear in the last decade, Jackself spins a kind of ‘fictionalized...
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Colonsay Book Festival - 9 months ago
Cumbrian poet Jacob Polley will be appearing at the Colonsay Book Festival on Sunday 24th April. Colonsay folk have always shared a love of books and literature. At a community meeting in 2011, the idea of a book festival for the island was mooted. By 2012, Colonsay welcomed its first six authors and an eager...
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Keeping House at William Cowe & Sons - 9 months ago
In 2012, as part of conservation work in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Cumbrian poet Jacob Polley and film-maker Ian Fenton were invited to document the maze of shops and living spaces that make up William Cowe and Sons, a family business dating back to 1801. Commissioned by Northumberland County Council’s At the Crossroads; heart of Berwick upon Tweed...
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