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
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
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.