Jacob Polley was born and grew up in Cumbria. He has published four books of poems, winning the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry for his fourth collection, Jackself. He was also awarded the 2013 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for The Havocs, and the Somerset Maugham Award for his debut novel, Talk of the Town (2009). Jacob teaches at Newcastle University and lives with his family on the northeast coast of England.
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