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Roger Garfitt

A portrait photo of Roger Garfitt
Books by this author: Selected Poems Given Ground
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  • Roger Garfitt was born in 1944 and has been a freelance writer ever since winning the Gregory Award in 1974. He has been Poetry Critic of the London Magazine, Editor of Poetry Review, Writing Fellow at UEA and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Swansea University. He runs Poetry Masterclasses for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall. He was married to Frances Horovitz, whose Collected Poems he edited after her early death from cancer. He made another life in Colombia, reporting for Granta and the London Review of Books. Now remarried, he lives in Shropshire. His sequence, Border Songs, is etched into the glass of the County Archives in Shrewsbury and performed with Sue Harris on the hammered dulcimer. A Latin-American sequence, From the Ridge, is on the Poetry Society website and performed with Gareth Rees-Roberts on guitar. He has just recorded In All My Holy Mountain, a celebration in poetry & jazz of the life and work of Mary Webb, with the John Williams Octet and the composer Nikki Iles on piano. The CD will be released shortly and excerpts from an earlier performance can be seen on YouTube. His memoir, The Horseman's Word (Cape), was published in 2011 and shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize. It is now available as a Vintage paperback. Carcanet have published three collections of his poetry, including Given Ground (Poetry Book Society Recommendation, 1989) and he is working on a new collection. His Selected Poems (2000) includes his despatches from Bogot√° in the Drug War and his account of a charged return to the North East of England and the landscape he had shared with Frances Horovitz.

    Praise for Roger Garfitt 'After several readings, over quite a long time, I find it all coming together in a very moving way - like the fragments of an archaeological dig gradually suggesting a whole pattern of inheritance and allegiance.'
    Ted Hughes
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