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Roger Garfitt

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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 London Magazine, Editor of Poetry Review, Writing Fellow at UEA and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Swansea University. He runs a Poetry Masterclass 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 London Review of Books. Now remarried, he lives in the Shropshire Hills.

    His sequence, Border Songs, is engraved on glass screens in the Shropshire 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. 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, is available from His memoir, The Horseman's Word (Cape, 2011), was shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize and is a Vintage paperback. His three previous collections for Carcanet include Given Ground (Poetry Book Society Recommendation, 1989). Selected Poems (2000) includes his despatches from Bogota 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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