Paul Farley was born in Liverpool in 1965, and studied at the Chelsea School of Art. He has published three collections with Picador, The Boy From the Chemist is Here to See You (1998), The Ice Age (2002) and Tramp in Flames (2006), and has received many awards for his work, including most recently the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
A poem about growing-up from Paul Farley's Selected Poems.
by Paul Farley
I’m looking for a classical umbrella,
the kind Freud dreamt of, newly evolved
from walking-stick, before it lost its ferrule
This week’s poem, ‘Google Earth’ by Paul Farley, explores new ways of looking at the world around us. Farley’s poetry frequently brings to our immediate attention things previously hidden – despite often being right under our noses.
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.'
Mark Haddon's poetry collection The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea is published by Picador, and I couldn't resist posting this gem of an interview from the Guardian last year. Mark Haddon talks to Picador poet Paul Farley.