Jacob Polley

Jacob Polley

Jacob Polley was born in Carlisle in 1975. His works include two poetry collections, both published by Picador, and the novel, Talk of the Town. He teaches at the University of St Andrews and lives in Fife.



Picador poetry editor and award-winning poet, Don Paterson, picks a few poems to celebrate the theme of this year's National Poetry Day: Light.

Three Picador Poets Shortlisted for Poetry Prizes

Kathleen Jamie, Paul Farley and Jacob Polley have all been chosen for the 10 strong shortlist for the prestigious 2012 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry out of 131 submissions.

Chair of the judges Carol Ann Duffy said, 'In a year which saw a record number of submissions, my fellow judges and I are delighted with a shortlist which sparkles with energy, passion and freshness and which demonstrates the range and variety of poetry being published in the UK.'

Jacob Polley on Writing The Havocs

Don’t read this. I’m supposed to be writing a piece for this blog about my new book of poems, but I’m doing this instead. Don’t you do this? It’s dark outside, the leaves are yellowing, the sausage-dog draft excluder is wedged against the back door, and you’re reading this while I do something else, though I don’t know what it is yet.

The 2010 Authors' Awards

Three Picador authors are celebrating after their recent success in the 2010 Authors' Awards.

From rhyme schemes to time schemes, poetry to prose

Here's what I reckon you need to write a novel: decisiveness. I'm not used to exercising this particular quality when I'm writing a poem. A poem is a way of revealing, and it will reveal nothing if, in its writing, it isn't allowed to go somewhere unexpected, the directions to which are not mapped out in advance.