Paul Farley was born in Liverpool in 1965 and studied at the Chelsea School of Art. He has published four collections of poetry with Picador, most recently The Dark Film (2012). His other books include Edgelands (with Michael Symmons Roberts, 2011), and he has also edited a selection of John Clare's poetry. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a frequent broadcaster, he has received numerous awards including Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, the Whitbread Poetry Prize and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.
A poem about growing-up from Paul Farley's Selected Poems.
by Paul FarleyI’m looking for a classical umbrella,
the kind Freud dreamt of, newly evolved
from walking-stick, before it lost its ferrule
This week’s poem, ‘Google Earth’ by Paul Farley, explores new ways of looking at the world around us. Farley’s poetry frequently brings to our immediate attention things previously hidden – despite often being right under our noses.
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...
Mark Haddon's poetry collection The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea is published by Picador, and I couldn't resist posting this gem of an interview from the Guardian last year. Mark Haddon talks to Picador poet Paul Farl...