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Simon Smith

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  • Simon Smith has published five collections of poetry. His third collection, Mercury (Salt Publications), was longlisted for the Costa Prize in 2007. A selected poems, More Flowers Than You Could Possibly Carry, appeared from Shearsman Books in 2016, and his latest pamphlet is Salon Noir (Equipage, 2016). Simon Smith is Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Kent, was a Hawthornden Writing Fellow in 2009, and a judge of the National Poetry Prize in 2004. He holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow.

    Listen to an episode of BBC Radio 4's In Our Time where The Book of Catullus was recently featured.

    Praise for Simon Smith  'Smith manages to keep the balance between being timeless and being modern, so that these poems come to life, seem immediately relevant'
    Tina Röck, DURA
    'These new translations of Catullus reveal to us two poets at work and the correspondence between the two opens up a freshness of speech which is a delight to hear.'
    Ian Brinton, Tears in the Fence
     'Here is a poet entirely in sympathy with Catullus and concerned to represent his poems as faithfully as possible, opened to the contemporary reader.'
    Peter Riley, The Fortnightly Review
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