David Harsent

Recent work

Updates

  • David will be giving a masterclass, Song Lyrics: Do it your way, at the University of Roehampton on Monday 24th February at 2pm. Online booking required.

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David Harsent has published ten collections of poetry. The most recent, Night — published in January 2011 — was Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2011 and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Forward Prize (Best Collection), the T.S. Eliot Prize, and the Costa Poetry Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

His work in music theatre has involved collaborations with a number of composers, but most often with Harrison Birtwistle, and has been performed at the Royal Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the Proms and on Channel 4 TV.

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Awards

  • 1967 Eric Gregory Award
  • 1970 Arts Council Writers’ Award
  • 1977 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize — Dreams of the Dead
  • 1978 Arts Council Writers’ Award
  • 1988 Society of Authors Travel Award
  • 1998 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year — shortlist) — A Bird’s Idea of Flight
  • 1998 T. S. Eliot Prize (shortlist) — A Bird’s Idea of Flight
  • 2002 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year — shortlist) — Marriage
  • 2002 T. S. Eliot Prize (shortlist) — Marriage
  • 2005 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) — Legion
  • 2005 T. S. Eliot Prize (shortlist) — Legion
  • 2005 Whitbread Poetry Award (shortlist) — Legion
  • 2007 Griffin Intertational Poetry Prize (shortlist) — Selected Poems
  • 2007 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single Poem) (shortlist) — The Hut in Question
  • 2008 Griffin International Poetry Prize (shortlist) — Selected Poems 1969-2005
  • 2008 Cholmondeley Award
  • 2012 Griffin International Poetry Prize — Night