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Polly Atkin

  • The Andrew Waterhouse Award, 2014
Polly Atkin

Polly Atkin lives in Cumbria. Her debut poetry pamphlet, bone song (Aussteiger, 2008) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award 2009. Her second poetry pamphlet, Shadow Dispatches (Seren, 2013) won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize, 2012, and was shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year 2014. In February 2014, her poem Forecast was engraved on a windowpane in the historic Globe Inn, Dumfries, as part of the Windows for Burns Night project. Her work has been placed in various competitions. Most recently, her poem A short history of the moon won the 2014 Wigtown Poetry Prize.

Her doctorate on the making of meaning around Dove Cottage, Grasmere, was conducted under the AHRC Landscape and Environment project, in collaboration with The Wordsworth Trust, and the departments of sociology, and English and creative writing, at Lancaster University. She is currently working on a monograph drawn from this, exploring the connections between Romantic legacies, contemporary creativity, ecopoetics, tourism and place. She co-curates a collaborative digital humanities project, investigating grave and burial cultures from multi-disciplinary perspectives at

She is a 2014 Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow for FASS (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) at Lancaster University, where she taught English and creative writing from 2010 to 2014. In September 2014 she began a lectureship in English studies at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow).

Artist’s books/anthologies
Jackdaw, Magpie and Pheasant in Bird Book III (Sidekick Books, 2014 – forthcoming)
Strength in Winter in Heavenly Bodies (Beautiful Dragon Press, 2014)
Forecast in Poems for Burns’ Night 2013 (Roncadora, 2014)

The Method: What I write about when I write about place in Cake 5 (Lancaster, 2014)
Stay Apparatus in 1110/7 (Ghent, 2014)
Buzz Pollination in the Keats-Shelley Review (St Andrews, 2014)

Poetry awards/prizes
A Short History of the Moon placed first in the Wigtown Poetry Prize, 2014
Heron/Snow placed third in the Battered Moons Prize, 2014
Shadow Dispatches shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year, 2014
Causeway placed second in Poets and Players Competition, 2014
The Test commended in the Hippocrates Prize, 2014

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