poemof the moment
I paint the low hill until I admit to how the light is on it.
about the poem
First appearing on the SPL website as part of our Best Scottish Poems 2004 anthology, 'Fratres (Taking You With Me)' served notice of the abundantly talented Jen Hadfield. Since then she has won the T S Eliot Prize (the youngest poet to win it). This week, she was picked to be part of the Next Generation Poets 2014, alongside other rising stars such as Emily Berry, Kei Miller and Alan Gillis. Image: Hills, grain elevator, and little yellow plane (really) by Lynn Suckow, under a Creative Commons licence.
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Three Scotland-based poets (Hadfield, Miller, Gillis) appear as part of the Next Generation Poets 2014 list. The SPL is equally committed to supporting emerging talent. On our autumn events programme, you can find the launch of Be the First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry (September 25), experimental poetry night CAESURA (October 9) and Magazine Spotlight: Far Off Places (October 30).
Jen Hadfield's second collection, Nigh-No-Place, won the 2008 T S Eliot Prize. With family in Canada and England and a deep love of her adopted home in Shetland, it is perhaps no surprise that her writing is often drawn to the contradictions of travel and home, the music of voices, and the importance of land and place.