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Jacob Polley Shortlisted for T.S. Eliot Prize

NCLA is thrilled to hear that Jacob Polley, senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, has been shortlisted for this year’s T.S. Eliot Prize. Jackself, Jacob’s shortlisted collection, is an 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 reads from Jackself alongside musical accompaniment from John Alder at Culture Lab on Thursday 27th October. You can book tickets here.


This year’s shortlist also features the Forward prize-winning Vahni Capildeo for her collection Measures of Expatriation. We were lucky to host Vahni at this year’s Newcastle Poetry Festival, and you can watch her read her excellent poem ‘Slaughterer’ in the festival's highlight film.


Also shortlisted is Denise Riley, who we look forward to welcoming to Newcastle on Friday 18th November when she’ll be reading from her shortlisted collection, Say Something Back, alongside Deryn Rees-Jones (tickets are available here). Katherine Towers, who worked with the centre in 2014 on our Bloodaxe Archives project, is shortlisted for her second collection, The Remedies. You can read her work responding to the archive here.


The Bloodaxe Poetry Tour held at Newcastle University in 2013.

published on: 20 October 2016