The Cursing Stone, Tullie House Museum

Carlisle Book Festival

Jacob Polley will be appearing at Borderlines – The Carlisle Book Festival at Tullie House on Sunday 6th September. Jacob will be reading from his latest book The Havocs which was short-listed for the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize and received a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Kim MooreHe will appear alongside South Cumbrian poet Kim Moore whose first full collection, The Art of Falling, was published by Seren this year. Her previous pamphlet If we could speak like wolves was runner-up in the 2013 Lakeland Book of the Year award and short-listed for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award.

Tickets from Borderlines at

The Poetry Review

The Poetry Review

The Poetry Review

The Poetry Review

Jacob will be joining Katharine Towers and National Poetry Competition commended poet Danica Ognjenovic in Sheffield to launch the autumn issue of The Poetry Review.

Hosted by editor Maurice Riordan and in association with MA Writing, Sheffield Hallam University, it’s sure to be an excellent evening of poetry in celebration of one of the most prestigious poetry publications in the world.

The Poetry Review was founded in 1912 and is the Poetry Society’s internationally acclaimed quarterly poetry magazine, published in March, June, September and December.

They welcome subscriptions to the magazine but The Poetry Review is also stocked at leading bookshops throughout the UK; to find your nearest outlet and buy copies, click here.

Event Details

15th October
6:00PM – 8:00PM

Tamper Coffee, Sellers Wheel, 149 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 2NU
The event is free, but places are limited.

Please RSVP to Robyn Donaldson on or call 020 7420 9886

Keeping House at William Cowe & Sons

Keeping House at William Cowe & Sons

William Cowe & Sons, Bridge Street, Berwick.

In 2012, as part of conservation work in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Cumbrian poet Jacob Polley and film-maker Ian Fenton were invited to document the maze of shops and living spaces that make up William Cowe and Sons, a family business dating back to 1801.

Behind the shuttered doors, amongst the ledgers, the stuffed cupboards, the tea chests, and the family memorabilia, they discovered a decaying world caught between the near and distant past, where everything seemed imbued with historical significance.

Commissioned by Northumberland County Council’s At the Crossroads; heart of Berwick upon Tweed Townscape Heritage Initiative,  Keeping House is an evocative documentary exploring the beguiling atmospheres of the William Cowe & Sons cockle shop.

Keeping House Trailer
Directed by Jacob Polley and Ian Fenton
UK / 2014 / 16min / Cert. N/A

World premier to be shown at the Berwick Arts Festival on Saturday 20 September 2014.

Further information at

commonwealth games

Poetry Postcards

BBC Radio Scotland are collating a poem from every competing nation in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The aim is to capture the essence of who the people of the Commonwealth are today.

Jacob’s ‘North-South Divide‘ from The Brink  has been chosen as England’s Postcard poem.

The North-South Divide

fills with flood-water;
the bows of Scotland lift clear
of the Atlantic, cod roam
the East Anglian plains, kelp
throttles Sherwood, the chimneys
of the Midlands slowly barnacle,
Cumbria tilts;
congers lie in catacombs
cold-wiring our relics,
our kings’ bones;
a whale hangs a moment
singing in the vault
of St Paul’s, men dive
through their Southern libraries,
where crabs unpick the calfskin
of our histories;
is swanless and rip-tidal,
hagfish haunt Leicester Square,
anglerfish twinkle
through Trafalgar’s oyster beds.
Look from Manchester
out to sea; the South you knew
from quiz shows and road maps
from nursery rhymes and bad news
is gathering a storm
to its heaving,
heavy-breakered bosom.

BBC Poetry Postcards

Jacob Polley Readings

Shore Poets: May

Jacob is appearing in Edinburgh on Sunday 25th May at one of Scotland’s leading venue’s for live poetry reading, Shore Poets.

Shore Poets are an informal but durable collective who have been providing a platform for new poets to read alongside more established names on the Scottish scene since 1991.

Reading alongside Jacob will be Hamish Whyte. For the past thirty years Hamish has run Mariscat Press, and he has edited several anthologies, including Mungo’s Tongues: Glasgow Poems 1630-1990,  An Arran Anthology, and Kin: Scottish Poems about Family. Hamish’s pamphlet ‘Christmasses’ was published by Vennel Press in 1998. His long poem Window on the Garden was published as a book jointly by Essence Press and Botanics Press in 2006. Shoestring Press published A Bird in the Hand in 2008 and The Unswung Axe in 2012.

The new Shore Poet for May is Pippa Goldschmidt. Pippa is best known for her novel The Falling Sky, published by Freight Books in 2012 and short-listed for the 2012 Dundee Book Prize. However, she also writes poetry and short fiction, and has won various accolades for her writing in all genres – including a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2011/12.

The venue is Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 25th May 2014
Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

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