Jen Hadfield lives in Shetland. Her first collection Almanacs won an Eric Gregory Award in 2003. Her second collection Nigh-No-Place won the T. S. Eliot Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. She won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition in 2012.
In honour of St Andrew's Day on the 30th November, the patron saint of Scotland, we've picked out some of our favourite Scottish books.
Picador poet, Jen Hadfield talks about the 'jewelline, sparkling' natural world of her home on Shetland and reads her poem 'Lichen'.
No one can lure us into noticing the natural world the way Jen Hadfield does in this remarkable, hypnotic poem. We’re not just offered a close-up of that tiny, persistent, oldest living whatever in the world, we’re aligned with it – taken down to rock level to participate in the...
Every week we'll be choosing a poem to share with you. It might be one that we publish at Picador Poetry, or it might be a much-loved classic. This week's poem, 'Quartz' by Jen Hadfield, opens out of a moment of dream-like attention.
My brain's processes seem to be the exact antithesis of the sound-bite. Dead-ends, round-the-houses, laborious not-very-brilliant digressions. Tricky for a human in the hasty world we live in, tricky for a poet, particularly anyone who is occasionally interviewed.
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