Jacob Polley was born in Carlisle, Cumbria. He is the author of four acclaimed books of poems, The Brink (2003), Little Gods (2006), The Havocs (2012) and Jackself (2016) all published by Picador, UK. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002, and both The Brink and The Havocs were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. His collection Jackself won the 2016 TS Eliot Prize. "
"In 2011, he was Arts Queenslands poet-in-residence, and he was Visiting Fellow Commoner in the Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, 2005-7. He has also held residencies at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and at the Wordsworth Trust. "
"In 2004, he was named one of the Next Generation of the twenty best new poets in Britain. His first novel, Talk of the Town, a fiercely demotic and funny coming-of-age murder mystery, won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award. He teaches at the University of Newcastle where lives.
Jacob Polley – My Writing Day - yesterday
TS Eliot prize winner Jacob Polley talks to The Guardian about distractions, idleness and the art of forgetting. When my days were all nearly all my own, I used to ...
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‘Jackself’ wins 2016 TS Eliot Prize - 6 days ago
Jacob Polley is delighted to have won the 2016 TS Eliot prize with his latest collection, ‘Jackself‘, which judges described as “a firework of a book”. The loosely autobiographical poems ...
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‘Jackself’ Nominated for 2016 T S Elliot Prize - 3 months ago
Jacob’s fourth volume of poetry ‘Jackself‘ has been shortlisted for the 2016 TS Eliot Prize. The T. S. Eliot Foundation has taken over the running of the T. S. Eliot ...
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Keeping House at William Cowe & Sons - one year 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 ...
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