Jacob Polley

Jacob Polley

Jackself, a poetry reading

Jackself was described by judges of the T S Eliot Poetry Prize as “a firework of a book; inventive, exciting and astounding in its imaginative range and depth of feeling.” A poet of the uncanny and the startlingly lyrical, Jacob Polley’s work explores his rural upbringing, the forces of tradition and history and the power of speech as it approaches song.

Jacob Polley was born and grew up in Cumbria. He has published four books of poetry, winning the 2016 T S Eliot Prize for his fourth, Jackself. He was awarded the 2013 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for The Havocs and the Somerset Maugham Award for his first novel Talk of the Town . Jacob teaches at Newcastle University and lives with his family on the North East coast

In January, Jake Polley was featured in the Guardian’s On My Radar.

Listen to Jake read from Jackself ...


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