John McCullough

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 "Thrilled to announce my collection Reckless Paper Birds has won this year's Hawthornden prize for literature, awarded for overall best UK book of the year! It was against stiff competition from many excellent novels, biographies and other poetry collections. Honoured to join the list of previous winners that includes writers I admire  like Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Geoffrey Hill, Ali Smith and Alice Oswald."

Hello, and welcome to my website. My poems have appeared in places including Poetry Review, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Poetry London and Best British Poetry. My first collection The Frost Fairs (Salt, 2011) won the Polari First Book Prize. It was a Book of the Year for The Independent and The Poetry School, and a summer read for The Observer. My second collection Spacecraft (Penned in the Margins, 2016) was named one of The Guardian’s Best Books for Summer 2016, and was shortlisted for the Ledbury-Forte prize. Reckless Paper Birds was published with Penned in the Margins in May 2019. It was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award.

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The Frost Fairs




Reckless Paper Birds

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