Tim Liardet

Tim Liardet has produced seven collections of poetry. His third collection Competing with the Piano Tuner was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation and long-listed for the Whitbread Poetry Prize and his fourth  – To the God of Rain – a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Spring 2003. The Blood Choir, his fifth collection, won an Arts Council England Writer’s Award as a collection-in-progress, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Summer 2006 and short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize. His pamphlet – Priest Skear – appeared in 2010 and was the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Winter of that year; The Storm House, his seventh collection, was published by Carcanet in June 2011. His next full collection from Carcanet will appear in September 2014; his New and Selected Poems, from the same publisher, in September 2015. He is Professor of Poetry at Bath Spa University.

“Tim Liardet’s Priest Skear (in dimpled, rust-coloured livery) is in the best tradition: substantial in both content and design… his ease with the narrative, elegiac, lyrical, even satirical mode is matched by his rare assurance with line-breaks.” – Times Literary Supplement

“Liardet imagines the drowning of the cocklepickers, layering his writing with refrains and echoes to create contemporary dreamsong… to suggest submergence and struggle, the unrhymed couplets shifting and pulling with a compelling urgency. The details of this human battle with the sea are recorded with devastating effect. These are haunting and haunted poems.” – Poetry Book Society Bulletin, Winter 2010

“The lines pull back to the collection’s thematic centre in memorialising the lives lost to the ungovernable power of the sea, they sound from the heart of the passion and pathos that mark Liardet’s achievement.” – Poetry Review

Priest Skear is a remarkable elegy, unapologetically anguished and enraged. It is Liardet’s ‘Wreck of the Deutschland’… It honours the dead with dignity and beauty, and accomplishes an apparently effortless final catharsis.” – Ambit

Priest Skear is a memorable masterpiece, and deserves to go down in the annals of sea poems.” – Agenda

“I think Tim Liardet is one of the most accomplished poets now writing in English in the UK. He is a poet of scrupulous standards, and blessed with profound ambition, which singles him out from his peers.” – Robert Minhinnick

Books by Shoestring Press

Madame Sasoo Goes Bathing