Oz Hardwick

Oz Hardwick Oz Hardwick is a York-based writer, photographer, lecturer and occasional musician. As well as two well-received poetry collections, The Kind Ghosts (2004) and Carrying Fire (2006), he has published widely in international literary journals and performed throughout Europe and the US. He has also published widely on art and literary history and is a Reader in English at Leeds Trinity University College.

Sample poem: The Dreamfisher

Oversteps publications

The Illuminated Dreamer (2010)

“Oz Hardwick is a modern troubadour, incessantly travelling through place and memory, sensitive, responsive, eager to share his findings, ready to turn every chance encounter, every piercing thought into a memorable song. Read this collection and you’ll soon have Oz Hardwick as one of the best poetic companions you could wish for.” Michael Blackburn

“Oz Hardwick’s verse continues to grow from strength to strength; it’s inventive, feisty and crafted with sparkling and memorable images.” Jack Mapanje

Recent news

  • Oz Hardwick won the Sentinel Annual Poetry Prize.



  • Oz Hardwick is featured in the current Poetry Kit page at <http://www.poetrykit.org/pkl/CITN/citn%20113.htm>.



  • A new book by Oz Hardwick, prose rather than poetry, will be  published by Boydell & Brewer on 21st July. It’s ‘English Medieval Misericords: The Margins of Meaning’. and sounds really interesting.

    [25-Jun-11 ,,]


  • Oz Hardwick is reading at Glastonbury this week. He is one of the poets in residence at the Mandala Stage, reading every day and playing a set with his duo ‘Sixpenny Wayke’



  • Oz Hardwick is reading at Plymouth Proprietary Library, Alton Terrace, 111 North Hill, at 10.00am on Saturday 16thApril. Admission is free, but booking is recommended.
    Telephone: 01752 660515


  • Congratulations to Oz Hardwick, who has just been made Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University College. Oz’s Oversteps collection is ‘The Illuminated Dreamer’.

    [21-Mar-11 ,]


  • On Friday 18th March, Oz Hardwick, Anne Stewart and Alwyn Marriage will be giving a poetry reading at the Oxfam Bookshop, 69 Low Petergate, York. Admission is free, but donations to Oxfam will be welcomed.



  • A C Clarke has been highly commended in the Sonnet or Not competition and her poem published in The Cannon’s Mouth. She was also commended in the Ver poets competition, John Cotton’s Ten-Liners. A sequence of four of her poems appear in the latest issue of Acumen and four more will be published in the Glasgow-based magazine, Gutter.

    Oz Hardwick has a poem included in the forthcoming Indigo Dreams anthology, Soul Feathers, in which a number of well-known poets have contributed poems in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. He will be in illustrious company, as the other poets include Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Bob Dylan, Benjamin Zephaniah, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Olds and Maya Angelou. Price £11.