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Selima Hill - Author

About the Author

Selima Hill grew up in a family of painters in farms in England and Wales, and has lived in Dorset for the past 25 years. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 1986, and was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Exeter University in 2003-06. She won first prize in the Arvon International Poetry Competition with part of The Accumulation of Small Acts of Kindness (1989), one of several extended sequences in Gloria: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2008), which also includes work from Saying Hello at the Station (1984), My Darling Camel (1988), A Little Book of Meat (1993), Aeroplanes of the World (1994), Violet (1997), Bunny (2001), Portrait of My Lover as a Horse (2002), Lou-Lou (2004) and Red Roses (2006). Violet was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for all three of the UK's major poetry prizes, the Forward Prize, T.S. Eliot Prize and Whitbread Poetry Award. Bunny won the Whitbread Poetry Award, was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Lou-Lou and The Hat were Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Her most recent collections from Bloodaxe are The Hat (2008), Fruitcake (2009) and People Who Like Meatballs (2012).

Featured books by Selima Hill

People Who Like Meatballs

People Who Like Meatballs

Author: Selima Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2012. People Who Like Meatballs brings together two contrasting poem sequences about rejection by 'this brilliant lyricist of human darkness' (Fiona Sampson). The title-sequence, People Who Like Meatballs , is about a man's humiliation by a woman. Into my mother's snow-encrusted lap is about a dysfunctional mother-child relationship.

Other books by Selima Hill

Splash Like Jesus

Splash Like Jesus

Author: Selima Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/05/2017

Splash like Jesus brings together three contrasting but complementary, familial poem sequences by 'this brilliant lyricist of human darkness' (Fiona Sampson), Buttercup the Sloth, about mothers; Lobo-Lobo, about sisters; and Behold My Father on His Bicycle, about exactly that. Like all of Selima Hill's work, all three sequences chart 'extreme experience with a dazzling excess' (Deryn Rees-Jones), with startling humour and surprising combinations of homely and outlandish.

Jutland

Jutland

Author: Selima Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

Jutland brings together two contrasting poem sequences by 'this brilliant lyricist of human darkness' (Fiona Sampson), Advice on Wearing Animal Prints, winner of the Michael Marks Poetry Award, and Sunday Afternoons at the Gravel-pits. Like all of Selima Hill's work, both sequences chart 'extreme experience with a dazzling excess' (Deryn Rees-Jones), with startling humour and surprising combinations of homely and outlandish. Jutland poses questions about forgiveness,'but the answers, / like Valentines, are never enough', as she writes in 'Wolverine': 'And can't he understand / I'm trying to love him but I don't know how? / And is it true forgiveness is forgiveness / only if the person first reprints? / That kindness isn't kindness but self-sacrifice?'

The Sparkling Jewel of Naturism

The Sparkling Jewel of Naturism

Author: Selima Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

The Sparkling Jewel of Naturism brings together three seemingly unrelated poem sequences by 'this brilliant lyricist of human darkness' (Fiona Sampson). The poems in each spark off unexpected connections and surprises, despite their contrasting concerns: jealousy in 'Doormat' (being the object of someone else's jealousy), little girls in 'Happiness Is Just a Waste of Time', and married women in 'Blowfly'. Like all of Selima Hill's work, all three sequences in The Sparkling Jewel of Naturism chart 'extreme experience with a dazzling excess' (Deryn Rees-Jones), with startling humour and surprising combinations of homely and outlandish.

People Who Like Meatballs

People Who Like Meatballs

Author: Selima Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2012. People Who Like Meatballs brings together two contrasting poem sequences about rejection by 'this brilliant lyricist of human darkness' (Fiona Sampson). The title-sequence, People Who Like Meatballs , is about a man's humiliation by a woman. Into my mother's snow-encrusted lap is about a dysfunctional mother-child relationship.

Fruitcake

Fruitcake

Author: Selima Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/05/2009

Fruitcake brings together four poem sequences about motherhood by 'this brilliant lyricist of human darkness' (Fiona Sampson). Bougainvillae explores love and having a mother. Nylon is about happiness, and not having or being a mother. Then Bunker Sacks brings grace but also the shock of being a young mother. Finally, Grunter shows the impact of Asperger's syndrome on both mother and child. Like all of Selima Hill's books, Fruitcake charts 'extreme experience with a dazzling excess' (Deryn Rees-Jones), with startling humor and surprising combinations of homely and outlandish.

Gloria Selected Poems

Gloria Selected Poems

Author: Selima Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/06/2008

Selima Hill's poetry has been called wanton, wildly imaginative, tender, intelligent, dangerous, defiant, subversive and startling. All these qualities are strongly present throughout Gloria , a comprehensive selection drawn from ten formally diverse and thematically unified collections, each offering wild variations on her abiding themes: women's identities, love and loss, repression and abuse, family conflict and mental illness, men, animals and human civilisation. Gloria covers all Selima Hill's books from Saying Hello at the Station (1984) to Red Roses (2006), and is published at the same time as her latest collection, The Hat (2008).

The Hat

The Hat

Author: Selima Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/06/2008

Selima Hill's latest collection, The Hat , is a disturbing portrayal of a woman's struggle to regain her identity. Her story emerges through a series of short poems, often related to animals: how she is preyed upon and betrayed, misunderstood, compromised and not allowed to be herself. Like all of Selima Hill's books, The Hat charts extreme experience with a dazzling excess', with dark humour and surprising combinations of homely and outlandish. The Hat is published at the same time Selima Hill's Gloria: Selected Poems , which draws on ten previous collections.

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