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On my radar: Jacob Polley’s cultural highlights

The poet on Claudia Rankine’s dissection of US race relations, the lasting power of Tindersticks and the joys of public libraries

Born in Cumbria in 1975, Jacob Polley grew up on the edge of the Solway Firth and in the city of Carlisle. He has written four collections of poems, The Brink (2003), Little Gods (2006), The Havocs (2012) and Jackself(2016), and a novel, Talk of the Town (2009), which is a coming-of-age murder mystery set in Cumbria. He has also collaborated with film-makers, artists and musicians to make temporary and not so temporary installations, music and films, and teaches creative writing at Newcastle University. Already a winner of the Somerset Maugham award (2010) and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial prize (2012), Polley was awarded the TS Eliot Prize for Jackselfearlier this month.

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