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.
Our pick of this year's best poetry collections.
by Jacob PolleyEmpty morning and the rain lies,
filling the bare field with broken panes...
Kathleen Jamie, Paul Farley and Jacob Polley have all been chosen for the 10 strong shortlist for the prestigious 2012 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry out of 131 submissions.Chair of the judges Carol Ann Duffy said, 'In a year which saw a record number of submissions, my fellow judges and I are de...
Don’t read this. I’m supposed to be writing a piece for this blog about my new book of poems, but I’m doing this instead. Don’t you do this? It’s dark outside, the leaves are yellowing, the sausage-dog draft excluder is wedged against the back door, and you...
Three Picador authors are celebrating after their recent success in the 2010 Authors' Awards.
Here's what I reckon you need to write a novel: decisiveness. I'm not used to exercising this particular quality when I'm writing a poem. A poem is a way of revealing, and it will reveal nothing if, in its writing, it isn't allowed to go somewhere unexpected, the directions to whi...
UK’s Largest Poetry Festival Announced - 27 days 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 - 2 months 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 - 5 months 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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The Guardian Poetry – Book of the Day - 6 months ago
The Guardian’s Kate Kellaway reviews Jacob’s Jackself for the Guardian’s Poetry Book of the Day. Instead of the onerous first person – the “I” from which most autobiographical narratives hang – ...
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Jacob Polley talks to Kayo Chingonyi - 6 months ago
Jacob recently spoke to Kayo Chingonyi, co-editor of the autumn issue of The Poetry Review, about his TS Eliot prize-winning collection, Jackself. They discuss Jacob’s recent collaborations with musician John ...
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