Meet The Writers - Jacob Polley

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Jacob Polley was born and grew up in Cumbria. His fourth book of poems, Jackself, won the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry. A poet of the uncanny and the startlingly lyrical, Jacob’s work explores his rural upbringing, the forces of tradition and history, and the power of speech as it approaches song. He is also a novelist, publishing Talk of the Town, which was set in and around Carlisle, in 2009 and winning the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award. He teaches at Newcastle University and lives with his family on the North East coast of England. Jackself is published by Picador.

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