Polly Atkin chosen as a Gladstone’s Library Writer in Residence

6 September 2017 - 10:35am

Polly Atkin chosen as a Gladstone’s Library Writer in Residence

6 September 2017 - 10:35am

Gladstone’s Library have announced their 2018 Writers in Residence, and the four successful applicants are Polly AtkinBasic Nest Architecture (Seren, 2017); Rachel MalikMiss Boston and Miss Hargreaves (Penguin Random House, 2017); Cal FlynThicker Than Water (Harper Collins, 2016); and Keggie CarewDadland (Vintage, 2016)

Now into its seventh year, Gladstone’s successful Writers in Residence programme was this year judged by Senior Strategy Director at FutureBrand and Trustee of Gladstone’s Library, Freddie Baveystock; poet Rebecca Farmer (Not Really); author Natasha Pulley (The Watchmaker of Filigree Street); literary agent Jenny Hewson (Rogers, Coleridge and White); Peter Francis, Warden of Gladstone’s Library and Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone’s Library; and Louisa Yates.

The authors will each receive a month’s residency at Gladstone’s Library, with the chance to use the Library’s tranquillity and resources to work on their current project. During this time, the authors will engage with the library’s creative community, running a creative writing masterclass, giving an evening talk, and submitting a blog to the Library’s website.

Find out more on the Gladstone’s Library website.

 

About 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.

About Basic Nest Architecture:

Polly Atkin’s first collection of poetry, Basic Nest Architecture, marks a startling new talent. Known already for her prize-winning pamphlets, and widely shortlisted for competitions, Atkin has already built up a loyal readership for her complex, intelligent, densely metaphorical lyrics, often inspired by the beauties of the Lake District where she has made her home for a decade.