Metamorphosis: Poems Inspired by Titian | Various Contributors | Granta Magazine

Metamorphosis: Poems Inspired by Titian

Various Contributors

‘The beasts of the forest drove me out. / The villagers barred their doors. / The gods turned the page.’

Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage was born in Huddersfield in 1963. His collections of poetry include Kid (1992), The Dead Sea Poems (1995), and CloudCuckooLand (1997). His Selected Poems were published by Faber in 2001. Armitage is also the author of two novels and several collections of essays. He has received numerous awards, including The Sunday Times Author of the Year, a Forward Prize, a Lannan Award, and an Ivor Novello Award for his song lyrics in the Channel 4 film Feltham Sings. Seeing Stars, his most recent collection, was published this year.

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Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy is Britain’s poet laureate. She was born in Glasgow. She grew up in Stafford and then attended the University of Liverpool, where she studied philosophy. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal, the Whitbread and Forward prizes, as well as the E.M. Forster award in America.

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Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London, where she has lived for most of her life. Her teenage years were spent in an Essex village. She has published six collections of poetry with Faber & Faber including Minsk (2003), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes, and The Casual Perfect (2011). A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde  (2014) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. Her latest collection, The Built Moment, was published in February 2019.

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Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.

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Don Paterson

Don Paterson works as a poetry editor and as a jazz guitarist, and lectures in creative writing at the University of St Andrews. In 2003 his poetry collection Landing Light won the Whitbread Poetry Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He is the author of several other poetry collections, including Rain, Orpheus and 40 Sonnets.

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Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott was born in London. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby (1988), Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998) are gathered in a selected poems, Her Book (2000). She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Tender Taxes, her versions of Rilke, was published in 2001. Her most recent collection, Of Mutability, was published in 2010 and won the Costa Book Award. In 2011 Jo Shapcott was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

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George Szirtes

George Szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948 and came to England as a refugee in 1956. He was brought up in London and studied Fine Art in London and Leeds. His poems began appearing in national magazines in 1973 and his first book, The Slant Door, was published in 1979 and won the Faber Memorial prize the following year. Since then he has published several books and won various other prizes including the T S Eliot Prize for Reel in 2005. Having returned to his birthplace, Budapest, for the first time in 1984, he has also worked extensively as a translator of poems, novels, plays and essays and has won various prizes and awards in this sphere. His own work has been translated into numerous languages.

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