Hugh Underhill

Hugh Underhill grew up in Sussex, partly during World War II, the experience of which much affected him. He lectured in English at universities in Hong Kong and Australia, and has published many critical articles and reviews. In Australia he co-edited the literary journal Helix. Among his publications are The Problem of Consciousness in Modern Poetry (Cambridge U.P. 1992) and Between Two Worlds: Writing in Britain 1900-1914, forthcoming from Greenwich Exchange. He is author of four previous collections of poetry, including The World We Make from Shoestring Press, and a collection of stories The War is Over, also from Shoestring Press. He has grandchildren in Ireland and Australia, and spends time every year in both countries. He currently edits The Robert Bloomfield Society Newsletter.

“Hugh Underhill’s meticulously-crafted poems are distinguished from the mass of contemporary verse by the quality of their attentiveness, and by their exact understanding of how, through rhythm and phrase, experience is saved and made palpable.” – Critical Survey

“Underhill’s big subject is memory and how it meshes with our present experience… Don’t think it comes easy, this throwaway ease of poetic manner. It takes more work, more honesty, more confidence, than the aureate boom-booming that is more readily recognisable as poetry.” – Tony Grist

Books by Shoestring Press:

The Shape of Days

The War is Over