The Faber Poetry Podcast: Rae Armantrout and Don Paterson

Two acclaimed award-winners join Rachael and Jack in the studio in our fourth episode of the second series: the Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Rae Armantrout and the Scottish poet Don Paterson, twice winner of the T. S Eliot Prize and recipient of all three Forward Poetry Prizes, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Queen’s Gold…

The Faber Poetry Podcast: Mary Jean Chan & Rebecca Tamás

In episode two of the new series, Rachael and Jack are joined in the studio by Mary Jean Chan and Rebecca Tamás to chat about recurring themes and preoccupations in their work – from fencing to the ecological world, the mother to the non-human. Audio postcards this week come from Paige Lewis, Peter Scupham and…

The Faber Poetry Podcast (series 2, episode 1): Joe Dunthorne & Will Harris

Woo hoo we’re back! In the first episode of the new series, Rachael and Jack discuss typewriters, ‘poety’ backpacks, ruffles and codpieces (and much more) with their studio guests Joe Dunthrone and Will Harris and feature audio postcards sent to them by Simon Armitage, Heather Christle and Isabel Galleymore.    Listen to this episode and…

Hannah Sullivan’s Three Poems wins the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry 2018

We are delighted that Hannah Sullivan has been awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry for her debut collection, Three Poems.   After months of reading and deliberation, Sinéad Morrissey (Chair), Daljit Nagra and Clare Pollard chose the winner from a strong shortlist of five women and five men, with five debut collections on this…

Celebrating W. S. Graham

To mark 100 years since the birth of the poet W. S. Graham, here is a selection of images and quotations to celebrate his life and work.

 

W. S. Graham in the Gurnard’s Head Hotel, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

WSG Postcard: hand decorated, depicting ‘Malcolm Mooney’s Land’. Copyright © the Estate of W. S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

 

WSG Makars’ Court: Memorial stone unveiled by Jackie Kay (Scots Makar) in the Makars’ Court, Edinburgh, June 2018. Photograph courtesy of David Lindsay.

WSG Artwork 1: Copyright © the Estate of W. S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

Loch Thom: The draft of ‘Loch Thom’ is an intermediate draft. The completed poem can be found in W.S. Graham, New Selected Poems (Faber, 2018). Image copyright © the Estate of W. S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

   

W. S. Graham with foxgloves and Zennor Hill in the background, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

  

Untidy Dreadful Table: The annotated draft of ‘Untidy Dreadful Table’ represents the final draft of the poem which can be found in W. S. Graham, New Collected Poems (Faber, 2004). Image copyright © the Estate of W. S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

 

WSG writing table: this photo goes with the poem manuscript of ‘Untidy Dreadful Table’ above.

W. S. Graham with Gurnard’s Head in the background, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

 

WSG Artwork 2, Self Portrait: Copyright © the Estate of W.S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

 

 

W. S. Graham in the Gurnard’s Head Hotel, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

 

W. S. Graham with his father, Alexander Graham, Princes Pier, Greenock, 1933. Photographer unknown. Reproduced by kind permission of Rosalind Mudaliar, the Estate of W. S. Graham.

W. S. Graham in the Gurnard’s Head Hotel, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

 

All quotes, unless otherwise stated, are taken from W. S. Graham’s New Selected Poems (Faber & Faber, 2018). Cover image: W. S. Graham, with his painting on glass, in the Old Coastguard Cottage, Gurnard’s Head, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

Read the poem ‘To Alexander Graham’, a poem that W. S. Graham wrote addressed to his father, in full here.

 

Faber Poetry Podcast Episode Three: Richard Scott & Jane Yeh

In the third episode, Rachael and Jack chat in the studio with Richard Scott and Jane Yeh, discussing, among other things, the importance of recognising gay shame, the difference between biographical honesty and poetic honesty and a shared love for Star Trek (The Next Generation, obviously). Audio postcards this episode come from Peter Gizzi, Emily Toder…