Polley wins Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

Polley wins Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

Poet Jacob Polley has been announced as the winner of the 2012 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for his collection The Havocs (Picador).

The Carlisle-born poet was praised by the judges, Jean Sprackland, Sarah Crown and Maurice Riordan for his "remarkably strong and consistent lyrical voice".

He has previously published two other collections with Picador, The Brink, which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot, Forward, and Jean Llewellyn Rhys Prizes, and Little Gods, as well as a novel, Talk of the Town (Picador), which won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award. He currently teaches at the University of St Andrews.

The Geoffrey Faber Prize is a prize of £1,000 given annually, going on alternate years to a volume of verse and a work of fiction. Previous winners include JM Coetzee, Will Self, Geoffrey Hill, Alice Oswald and David Mitchell.