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Name  Lawrence Sail
Role  Poet
Education  University of Oxford

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Books  Songs of the Darkness, Building into air, Cross‑currents: essays, The World Returning, Eye‑baby

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Lawrence Sail (born 29 October 1942) is a contemporary British poet and writer.


Stag beetle by lawrence sail read by julia watson


Sail was born in London and brought up in Exeter. He studied French and German at Oxford University and subsequently taught for some years in Kenya, before returning to the UK, where he taught at Blundell's School and, later, Exeter School (where the modern languages department was headed by Harry Guest, another published poet). He is now a freelance writer.

Sail has published nine poetry collections, the most recent being Eye-Baby (2006); The World Returning (2002), Building into Air (1995), and Out of Land: New and Selected Poems (1992), and has edited a number of anthologies, including The New Exeter Book of Riddles (1999) with Kevin Crossley-Holland, and First and Always: Poems for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (1988). He also edited South-West Review from 1980 to 1985.

Sail works in schools and colleges, and has also written a radio play, as well as short features for radio. He has presented the BBC Radio 3 programme 'Poetry Now' and 'Time for Verse' on BBC Radio 4.

He was chairman of the Arvon Foundation from 1990 to 1994, has directed the Cheltenham Literature Festival, was the UK jury member for the European Literature Prize (1994–96), has been a judge for the Whitbread Prize and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Prizes and awards

  • 1992 Hawthornden Fellowship
  • 1993 Arts Council Writers' Award
  • 2004 Cholmondeley Award
  • References

    Lawrence Sail Wikipedia

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