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.
Lamanby at Carlisle & Durham Book Festivals - 11 days ago
Jacob is delighted to be appearing as Festival Laureate at this years Durham Book Festival. He will also be showcasing his work Lamanby at Durham and at Carlisle’s Borderlines Book Festival in ...
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To Travel and To Matter - 11 months ago
A man and a woman move through a landscape of green and brown, stone and water, light and shadow, searching for each other, for things lost and for their own ...
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UK’s Largest Poetry Festival Announced - one year ago
This year’s National Poetry Day will see the launch of the UK’s biggest poetry festival dedicated to new work, in conjunction with the BBC. Following on from the success of ...
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Ryedale Book Festival - one year ago
Jacob will be reading at the Ryedale Book Festival on June 25th this year. Ryedale Book Festival is a charitable organisation whose objective is to promote a love of reading, ...
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Keeping House - one year ago
KEEPING HOUSE is an evocative documentary film exploring the beguiling atmosphere of the William Cowe & Sons cockle shop premises, a family business dating back to 1801, on Bridge Street ...
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