The announcement of the Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence (PIR) is always an exciting one. The selected poet is given the opportunity to reside in our state for up to 3months (July – September) to write, engage with the local and regional poetry community and perform at both QLD Poetry Festival and Brisbane Writers Festival. Past PIR’s include Jacqueline Turner (Canada), Paul Durcan (Ireland), Michael Hoffman (UK), Hinemoana Baker (NZ) and Emily XYZ (USA). Each poet has brought something unique to their residency, and many continue to have a lasting impact on the state of poetry in QLD.
So I was thrilled when I read the announcement that UK poet, Jacob Polley had been selected as the 2011 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence. I am a great admirer of Jacob’s work and am really looking forward to seeing what he brings to the residency.
Jacob has published two poetry collections, The Brink (2003) and Little Gods (2006), as well as a novel, Talk of the Town (2009). His work has won many awards and has been described as,
Measured, musical and understated. The kind of poetry that imbues the everyday, the tarnished and burnished, with the possibilities of the transcendent.
Jacob has also collaborated with filmmaker Ian Fenton and has worked extensively with disadvantaged youth.
You can read and listen to a great selection of Jacob’s work at the Poetry Archive and I can also recommend watching the film (for which he wrote the screenplay), Flickerman and the Ivory-Skinned Woman. There is also a great selection of Jacob’s work at his own website www.jacobpolley.com and the QLD Poetry Festival website will be the best place to keep up to date with Jacob’s residency.
I am looking forward to July already.