Jacob Polley at the Print Room

Jacob Polley at the Print Room
  • The Print Room at the Coronet, The Print Room at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate,, London, W11 3LB
    The Print Room at the Coronet
    The Print Room at the Coronet 103 Notting Hill Gate, London , W11 3LB
  • 20/12/2016 19:30 - 20/12/2016 21:00


Readings from Ruth Padel and Jacob Polley. Jacob Polley was born in Cumbria. His poetry and fiction is published by Picador and has won both the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. He teaches at Newcastle University. Jacob has a fourth book of poems, Jackself, out in November 2016. Jackself sees Jacob at the height of his powers. In one of the most original books of poetry to appear in the last decade, Jackself spins a kind of 'fictionalized autobiography' through nursery rhymes, riddles and cautionary tales, and through the many 'Jacks' of our folktale, legend, phrase and fable - everyman Jacks and no one Jacks, Jackdaw, Jack-O-Lantern, Jack Sprat, Cheapjack and Jack Frost. At once playful and terrifying, lyric and narratively compelling, Jackself is an unforgettable exploration of an innocence and childhood lost in the darker corners of Reiver country and of English folklore, and once more shows Polley as one of the most remarkable imaginations at work in poetry today. Jacob has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2016. 'Poetry that imbues the everyday, the tarnished and burnished, with the possibilities of the transcendent.' The Guardian

About Jacob Polley

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 Queensland's 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.