Guest Poet: February 7, 2019

Jean Sprackland

Jean has published five poetry collections, most recently Green Noise, and her book Tilt was the winner of the Costa Poetry Award in 2008. She is also the author of Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach, which won the Portico Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012. Jean is Professor of Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Chair of the Poetry Archive.

‘Jean Sprackland’s poems are an uncommon pleasure to read. They are defined by their hospitable grace. Sprackland has been highly regarded from the start of her career perhaps because she makes the reader welcome… she deserves to become a household name’. – Kate Kellaway, The Observer

‘Sprackland likes to read the sign language of the natural world… These poems are exact and well made, their lightness of touch often given drive by a fierce vocabulary.’ – Peter Scupham, Literary Review

‘In Sprackland’s poems, the sounds of words, how they feel in the mouth, point to an intimacy with their physicality and internal music… she is alive to the way words seduce us with their meaning, where nothing is ever fully disclosed.’ – Owen Gurrey, The London Magazine