Polly is a poet and academic.
Polly lives in Grasmere in the Lake District. Her first collection, Basic Nest Architecture, was published by Seren in February 2017. An extract from this was awarded New Writing North's Andrew Waterhouse Prize in 2014 for ‘reflect[ing] a strong sense of place or the natural environment’. Her first pamphlet bone song (Aussteiger, 2008) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award, 2009, and second, Shadow Dispatches (Seren, 2013), won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize, 2012. She grew up in Nottingham, then lived in East London for seven years before moving to the North West.
Reviews on her poetry
‘With her keen senses, she celebrates nature in all its glory. ’ – Disclaimer Magazine
‘Powerful and tender’ – Mslexia
"The remarkable poems in Basic Nest Architecture are a testament to the persistence and artistry of Polly Atkin. As well as being profoundly personal, they reach out to the modern world in all it’s complexity and diversity." - Poetry Book Society
- Retweet Dove Cottage: Polly Atkin’s ‘Of Love and Mountain Tops’ brings this evening’s readings to a beautiful close @pollyrowena #ThisPlaceIKnow
- Retweet Victoria Chang: “Small birds/the shape of scars/made nests in braziers.” -Tishani Doshi from Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods pic.twitter.com/nO2uG24OyY
- Retweet Faeryland Grasmere: #WednesdayEvening #Grasmere #Romany #LakeDistrict @StormHour @ThePhotoHour pic.twitter.com/21LP6YqoJy
Opportunities to see Polly Atkin
This wonderful new anthology of Cumbrian poetry brings together a contrasting collection of voices in recognition of the great and continuing tradition of Lake District poetry.