John Fuller

John Fuller has published sixteen collections of poems, the latest of which is Song & Dance (Chatto and Windus, 2008) shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award.  His Collected Poems were published in 1996, and his collection Stones and Fires won the Forward Prize in 1997.

He was recently presented with the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He has also published nine works of fiction, of which Flying to Nowhere won a Whitbread Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1983.

He is currently working on a book of poems with photographs by David Hurn, and on an opera libretto for Nicola LeFanu.

“Song & Dance… is a collection that takes joie de vivre seriously…the tone remains as light as a Fats Waller riff…a collection that fizzes with wit and energy and an often joyful engagement with the sheer gladness of living.”

Adam Newey, The Guardian

“More than occasionally brilliant.”

John Greening, The Times Literary Supplement

“The characteristic Fuller fantasies and nonsense poems can be close to nightmare, especially in the unique weirdness of some of the detail…a star performer in verse.”

Alan Brownjohn, The Times

Books by Shoestring Press:


The Clock in the Forest

Double Dactyls

The Shell Hymn Book