Harry Man

Harry Man is a poet, editor and translator and winner of a Northern Writers Award for Poetry 2021. His first book of poetry, Lift (Tall Lighthouse, 2013), won the UNESCO Bridges of Struga Award. His work has appeared in Magma, Poetry International, Poems in the Waiting Room, and New Welsh Review, and at London’s Southbank Centre among other places. He has also been a Hawthornden Fellow, a TOAST poetry fellow and he has collaborated with contemporary dance choreographers, scientists and visual artists. He was an artist-in-residence at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Hurst Castle and a Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust. Finders Keepers, a collaboration with the illustrator Sophie Gainsley was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. His most recent book Utøya Thereafter, a book-length elegy written in remembrance of those who lost their lives on Utøya Island in 2011 is written in collaboration with Norwegian poet Endre Ruset and is published by Flamme Forlag an imprint of Cappelen Damm in Norway and Hercules Editions in the UK. He teaches at the University of Oxford.

“Utøya Thereafter honours the immensity of its subject with compassion, intelligence, grace and skill. It feels vital and significant to make those who died visible again. The care in each word is evident. This work, and each person portrayed, will stay with you. A remarkable achievement.”

– Heidi Williamson, author of Return by Minor Road

“Harry Man writes with the conviction of a skilled inquisitor – he believes there is truth to be found in the interstices of human experience, and wields the tools of his craft with such precision and originality, that as readers, we must find it. In the process he willfully reveals his heart. This is important work.”

– Nikita Lalwani, author of You People