Keele Hall Readings: Polly Atkin

Polly Atkin lives in Cumbria. Her first full poetry collection Basic Nest Architecture (Seren:2017) is followed by a third pamphlet, With Invisible Rain (New Walk Press: 2018), which draws on Dorothy Wordsworth’s late journals to find a way to articulate pain.

Her first pamphlet bone song (Aussteiger, 2008) was shortlisted for the Michael
Marks Pamphlet Award, 2009, and second, Shadow Dispatches (Seren, 2013),
won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize, 2012. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, and the Universities of Strathclyde and Cumbria.

She is a Penguin Random House WriteNow mentee 2018, for a non-fiction book reflecting on place, belonging and chronic illness.


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