Polly Atkin

Polly Atkin lives in Cumbria. Her debut poetry pamphlet bone song (Clitheroe: Aussteiger, 2008) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award, 2009. Her second poetry pamphlet Shadow Dispatches (Seren, 2013) won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize, 2012. In 2014 an extract from her first collection, Basic Nest Architecture, was awarded New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse Prize for ‘reflect[ing] a strong sense of place or the natural environment’. Polly has taught English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University and the Universities of Strathclyde and Cumbria.


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Author Events

Friday 8th March, 10:00
St. Andrews

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Another Place. Enjoy your breakfast sunny side up at the festival’s Poetry Café. Our breakfast discussion events offer a relaxed start to the day with a group of poets and other festival participants exploring this year’s festival themes over coffee and pastries. Fiona Moore is guest chair for this panel discussion. She will be joined by poets Polly Atkin, whose debut collection Basic Nest Architecture was published by Seren in 2017. Also on the panel will be Alice Tarbuck, Jon Plunkett and Harry Giles. Tickets: £4.75/£3.75. For further information and to book...

Sunday 10th February, 11:30

Sunday Lunch with Mslexia Magazine: Poetry Pamphlet prizewinners. Mslexia Editor (and novelist) Debbie Taylor joins Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack in this celebration of seven years of pamphlet prize winners: with Seren poet Polly Atkin, Cath Drake, Mara Bergman, Ilse Pedler, Yvonne Reddick, Bryony Littlefair. Special guest is Seren poet and singer-songwriter Rhian Edwards.  Poetry readings, music, full three course Sunday Lunch.  (Vegetarian options). Price: £25.  Advance booking essential. For more information and to book visit the Festival website: www.cardiffpoetryfestival.com