School of Night : Jacob Polley with Jackself in St Andrews

Monday 28th November 2016

  • Venue The Bookshop, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews, KY16 9HG
  • Doors open 7.45pm
  • Start time 8pm
Image of School of Night : Jacob Polley with Jackself

Four years after Jacob’s last collection- The HavocsJackself sees Jacob at the height of his powers. In one of the most original books of poetry to appear in the last decade, Jackself spins a kind of fictionalized autobiography through nursery rhymes, riddles and cautionary tales, and through the many ‘Jacks’ of our folktale, legend, phrase and fable – everyman Jacks and no one Jacks, Jackdaw, Jack-O-Lantern, Jack Sprat, Cheapjack and Jack Frost.

At once playful and frightning, lyric and narratively compelling, Jackself is an unforgettable exploration of an innocence and childhood lost in the darker corners of Reiver country and of English folklore, and once more shows Polley as one of the most remarkable imaginations at work in poetry today.

Jacob Polley, who teaches at Newcastle University, lectured at St Andrews University for many years. He is back for one night of readings and frivolity in celebration of this most recent collection, which has just been shortlisted for the prestigious T S Eliot Prize!