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Hart, Kevin, 1954-, poet, theologian and philospher

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  • 1954-

Kevin Hart was born in 1954 in the village of Ockenden near London, and grew up in London and Brisbane. He has published several books of poetry in Britain, Australia and America, including Flame Tree: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2002) and his latest collection, Young Rain (Bloodaxe Books, 2009). His award-winning poetry has been translated into several languages, including Chinese. He is also the author of several volumes of literary criticism and theology. He teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Hattersley, Geoff, 1956-,  poet

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  • 1956-

Geoff Hattersley was born in South Yorkshire in 1956. His many collections of poetry include Port of Entry (Littlewood 1989), Don’t Worry (Bloodaxe 1994), Harmonica (Wrecking Ball 2003), and Back of Beyond (Smith Doorstop 2006).

His poems have been broadcast on local and national radio and have been used as part of syllabuses in schools, universities, and with The Open University. He is an experienced reader of his poetry and has performed and recorded musical arrangements of his poems.

He edited The Wide Skirt Press from 1986 until 1998, publishing 30 issues of the magazine and 24 books and pamphlets. He is an experienced creative writing tutor and was a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Huddersfield University.

A new collection, Outside the Blue Hebium, was published by Smith Doorstop Books in July 2012.

Herd, Tracey, 1968-, poet

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  • 1968-

Tracey Herd was born in 1968 in East Kilbride but has lived on the east coast of Scotland for most of her life. She studied at Dundee University, where she was Creative Writing Fellow in 1998-2001. In 1993 she won an Eric Gregory Award, and in 1995 a Scottish Arts Council Bursary. In 2002 she collaborated on a short opera, Descent, with the composer Gordon McPherson for Paragon Ensemble which was performed at the Traverse Theatre in Glasgow. In 2004 she received a second Scottish Arts Council bursary. She is a freelance writer who worked for some years as a bookseller, and has latterly been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Her first collection, No Hiding Place (Bloodaxe Books, 1996) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her second collection, Dead Redhead (2001), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her third collection is due from Bloodaxe in 2014.

Hernández, Miguel, 1910-1942, poet and playwright

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  • 1910-1942

Born in 1910, Miguel Hernández was a self-educated goatherd from the tiny Spanish town of Orihuela who tried hard to be accepted among his older contemporaries. Lorca wrote to the young poet in 1933, telling him to stop struggling to get along in a 'circle of literary pigs'. Both Lorca and Hernández would soon be caught up in the storm that was the Spanish Civil War. Hernández volunteered and served the Republican Army at the front, later defending Madrid itself. When Madrid finally fell to Franco in 1939, Hernández tried to cross into Portugal and soon after he was turned back, he was imprisoned. Hernandez wrote his last poems in jail while fatally ill with tuberculosis. He died three years later, his tuberculosis untreated, still in prison on March 28, 1942: he was only 31.

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