MATTHEW HOLLIS was born in Norwich in 1971. Ground Water (Bloodaxe, 2004) was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread Prize for Poetry and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He is co-editor of Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry (Bloodaxe, 2000) and 101 Poems Against War (Faber, 2003), and editor of Selected Poems of Edward Thomas (Faber, 2011). Now All Roads Lead to France: the Last Years of Edward Thomas (Faber, 2011; Norton, 2012) won the Costa Biography Award and the H. W. Fisher Biography Prize and was Sunday Times Biography of the Year. In 2016 he published limited letterpress and hand-made pamphlets, Stones (Incline Press, 2016) and East (Clutag Press, 2016).

‘Hollis writes a knowing, lyrical poetry set against a landscape of big skies and battened-down horizons. He combines worldly wisdom with more detailed, vernacular understanding to produce poems that speak with a sense of purpose and place.’

Simon Armitage

Forthcoming Events + News

East

East, a pamphlet by Matthew, is published by Clutag Press as part of the Clutag Five Poems Series in May 2016 in a limited edition of 100 numbered copies, available signed by the author or in uninscribed editions. For further details or to purchase a copy:

Clutag Press:
info@clutagpress.com
www.clutagpress.com/east

East cover

Stones

Stones, a longer poem by Matthew, is published by Incline Press in April 2016 in a limited edition of 160 numbered letterpress copies, signed by the author. For further details or to purchase a copy:

Incline Press, tel 0161 627 1966
books.inclinepress@btinternet.com
www.inclinepress.com/stones

Selected Poems of Edward Thomas: Faber Nature Poets Edition

Selected Poems of Edward Thomas, edited by Matthew, is reissued in a new hardback edition by Faber and Faber on 19 May 2016 as part of a new series of Faber Nature Poets.

For further details, or to order a copy, please select a retailer:
Amazon | Faber & Faber | Guardian Bookshop | Waterstones | Wordery

Nature Poets cover

Saturday 5 November 2016, 8pm

ALDEBURGH, Jubilee Hall
Poetry in Aldeburgh with Tom Paulin

Join us for a rare reading by Tom Paulin, one of the most important poets of his generation. He will be joined by Norfolk poet Matthew Hollis who will be launching East, his limited edition handmade pamphlet of East Anglian poems.

East is published by Clutag Press as part of the Five Poems Series, in a limited printing of hand-made, hand-sewn copies,.

Details: Box Office, tel 01242 850270
www.poetryinaldeburgh.org
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetry-in-aldeburgh-2016-tickets

Saturday 15 October 2016, 2.30pm

BRIDLINGTON, Sewerby Hall
Bridlington Poetry Festival

Join Matthew Hollis for the launch of Stones, a limited letterpress poem, delivered with a captivating account of the making of the publication in traditional metal type. A poem of around 200 lines, Stones takes its setting from the Lake District, where Matthew was living when he began working on it in 2006. It has taken a decade and over 300 pages of drafts to complete.

Stones is published by Incline Press in a limited printing of hand-set, hand-sewn copies.

Details: Box Office, tel 01482 392699
lama.admin@eastriding.gov.uk
www.litup.org.uk/whats-on-bridlington

Friday 14 October 2016, 4pm

CHELTENHAM, Little Big Top
Cheltenham Literature Festival with Blake Morrison

Two leading poets read from their new publications. Faber & Faber Poetry Editor and author of the Forward and Whitbread Prize-shortlisted Ground Water, Matthew Hollis introduces Stones, a swirling meditation on loss and recovery set in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. Blake Morrison’s first full collection for almost thirty years, the ardent and elegiac Shingle Street is a stunning evocation of the Suffolk coast and a powerful observation of the erosion of our land, lives and values.

Stones is published by Incline Press in a limited printing of hand-set, hand-sewn copies.

Details: Box Office, tel 01242 850270
boxoffice@cheltenhamfestivals.com
www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on

Friday 20 May 2016, 7pm

BRISTOL, At-Bristol, Anchor Road
Bristol Festival of Ideas

Contemporary Poets and Utopia with Fleur Adcock, Dean Atta, Helen Dunmore, Anna Hoghton, Sarah Howe, Nick Laird, Tim Liardet, Andrew McMillan, Hollie McNish, Daljit Nagra, Ruth Padel, Jo Shapcott, Michael Symmons Roberts and Jane Yeh.

To launch the May 2016 season and the May Bristol800 Weekender, ‘two days debating the practical aspects of creating utopia’, the Festival of Ideas commissioned 15 leading poets to each write a new poem on the utopian theme. They present their work tonight, talk about what inspired them and join the debate on creating perfect worlds. Hosted by historian and presenter David Olusoga.

Details: Box Office, tel 01179 151000
www.ideasfestival.co.uk/about/contact
www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sunday 10 April 2016, 7pm

CAMBRIDGE, Old Divinity School
Cambridge Literary Festival with Don Paterson

An evening in the company of award-winning poets Don Paterson and Matthew Hollis. Don Paterson will read from his acclaimed new collection, 40 Sonnets which has just won the Costa Poetry Award. Matthew Hollis is launching his first publication since Now All Roads Lead to France won the Costa Award for Biography. Stones is published by Incline Press in a limited printing of numbered, hand-set and hand-sewn copies issued just in time for the Festival.

Details: Box Office, tel 01223 515335
admin@cambridgeliteraryfestival.com
www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/

New poem published in The Reader

Commute has been published in the The Reader, Summer 2015

New poem published in the Guardian

Causeway has been published in the Guardian’s Keep it in the Ground campaign, curated and introduced by Carol Ann Duffy, 20 May 2015.

To listen to the actor James Franco read the poem click here.

To read all the commissioned poems click here.

BBC Radio 4, The Cultural Front, Saturday 2 May 2015, 10.30am

BBC Radio 4, The Cultural Front
with Francine Stock

In the last in the series covering 1915, Francine Stock looks at how the harrowing effects of World War I began to make themselves apparent in art, music and poetry. With contributions from Dr David Code, University of Glasgow, Dr Anna Farthing, Professor Edgar Jones of King’s College London, John Forrester, Dr Dorothy Price, University of Bristol, and poet Matthew Hollis.

To listen to the broadcast, click here.

New poem published in Ploughshares, USA

Beck has been published in the Spring 2015 edition of Ploughshares.

Tuesday 10 March 2015, 6pm

CORK, Boole Library, University College
Spring Reading Series

Details: tel +353 (0)21 490 2664/2241/3677
englishdepartment@ucc.ie
www.ucc.ie/en/english/news/

BBC Radio 3, Proms Literary Plus, Monday 8 September 2014, 7.45pm

BBC Radio 3, Proms Literary Plus: Robert Frost
with Matthew Sweet and Jay Parini

In 1914 the American poet Robert Frost published his collection North of Boston. It was hailed as ‘one of the most revolutionary books of modern times’ by the English poet Edward Thomas. Matthew Hollis, who has written about the friendship between the two writers, is joined by Frost’s biographer Jay Parini to discuss the poet. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

To listen to the broadcast, click here.

Selected Poems of Edward Thomas: Poets of the Great War Edition

Selected Poems of Edward Thomas, edited by Matthew, is reissued in a new hardback edition by Faber and Faber on 3 July 2014 to commemorate the poets of the First World War.

For further details, or to order a copy, please select a retailer:
Amazon | Faber & Faber | Guardian Bookshop | Waterstones | Wordery

Adlestrop, 100 Years On, 24 June 2014

To listen to Matthew discussing Edward’s Thomas poem on BBC Radio 4’s Bookclub, click here.

To read Matthew’s account of the drafting of the poem, click here.

To follow The Poetry Society’s celebrations of the poem, click here.

Thursday 28 April 2014, 7pm

AUSTIN, Texas, Harry Ransom Center
Harry Ransom Center (HRC) 300 21ST ST W, Austin, Texas 78705
Harry Ransom Lecture: The Road Taken: Edward Thomas, Robert Frost and The Great War

Details: tel 512-232-5170
Danielle.Sigler@austin.utexas.edu
http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/events/

BBC Radio 4, Bookclub, Sunday 3 November 2013, 4.00pm & Thursday 7 November 2013, 3.30pm

BBC Radio 4, Bookclub
with James Naughtie

Matthew Hollis discusses his Costa winning biography of the poet Edward Thomas, Now All Roads Lead to France.

To listen to the broadcast, click here.

BBC Radio 4 Extra, Book of the Week, 7-11 October 2013, 2.45pm

BBC Radio 4, Book of the Week

Read by Tobias Menzies
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Emma Harding

To listen to the broadcast, click here.

New poem broadcast on BBC Radio 4, The Echo Chamber

Wastwater has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s The Echo Chamber.

River Thames article published in New Statesman

Secrets of a River has been published in New Statesman, 26 July 2012.

W. W. Norton

Now All Roads Lead to France: A Life of Edward Thomas is published in the United States by W. W. Norton on 22 October 2012. For details click here, and to purchase a copy from the United States click here.

Now All Roads Lead to France paperback

Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas, is published in paperback by Faber and Faber on 5 January 2012.

For further details, or to order a copy, please select a retailer:
Amazon | Faber & Faber | Guardian Bookshop | Hive | Waterstones | Wordery

New films by the Guardian

Sarah Crown joins Matthew for a walk around Edward Thomas’s Hampshire and for a reading from Now All Roads Lead to France in Cameron Robertson’s two films for the Guardian.

New poem published in New Statesman

The Staithe has been published in New Statesman, 12 December 2011.

Now All Roads Lead to France

Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas, a biography by Matthew, is published by Faber and Faber on 4 August 2011 simultaneously with his edition of Thomas’s Selected Poems.

Read Matthew’s specially commissioned pieces on the friendship of Edward Thomas and Robert Frost for the Guardian, and on the composition of Thomas’s poem ‘Adlestrop’ in the New Statesman.

Download the Faber podcast and watch Matthew talking about the book here.

Matthew Hollis on Now All Roads Lead to France from FaberBooks on Vimeo.

Read the first reviews: Sunday Telegraph, Independent, Financial Times, Daily Mail, Guardian, Independent (Selected Poems), New Statesman, Literary Review, Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Daily Telegraph and Guardian (Selected Poems), Herald and Spectator. A summary of comments by the Sunday Times, Independent and Mail on Sunday appears here. Commenteries on Thomas appear in the Irish Independent and Independent.

Now All Roads Lead to France has been recognised with a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction.

The Poetry Archive

Matthew’s recording of Ground Water for The Poetry Archive is now available on CD and online. To visit the Archive click here, or to purchase the CD click here.