Jen Hadfield

Jen Hadfield

Jen Hadfield lives in Shetland. Her first collection Almanacs won an Eric Gregory Award in 2003. Her second collection Nigh-No-Place won the T. S. Eliot Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. She won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition in 2012.     


Friday poem: all creatures great and small

Friday poem: all creatures great and small

No one can lure us into noticing the natural world the way Jen Hadfield does in this remarkable, hypnotic poem. We’re not just offered a close-up of that tiny, persistent, oldest living whatever in the world, we’re aligned with it – taken down to rock level to participate in the attention it’s paying us. Huge, tiny and symbiotic, her words belong to both plant and human worlds. Like the lichen, they seem to grow from the page that anchors them. Notice how...

Friday poem: 'Quartz' by Jen Hadfield

Every week we'll be choosing a poem to share with you. It might be one that we publish at Picador Poetry, or it might be a much-loved classic.

This week's poem, 'Quartz' by Jen Hadfield, opens out of a moment of dream-like attention. 

Jen Hadfield: poets on poetry

Jen Hadfield: poets on poetry

My brain's processes seem to be the exact antithesis of the sound-bite. Dead-ends, round-the-houses, laborious not-very-brilliant digressions. Tricky for a human in the hasty world we live in, tricky for a poet, particularly anyone who is occasionally interviewed.