J.O. Morgan

J.O. Morgan
J.O. Morgan
J.O. Morgan



J.O. Morgan's first book of poetry, Natural Mechanical (CB Editions, 2009), won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize; he has since published five further collections. 

Full Biography

J.O. Morgan lives on a small farm in the Scottish Borders. His first book, Natural Mechanical (CB Editions, 2009), won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize; its sequel, Long Cuts (CB Editions, 2011), was shortlisted for a Scottish Book Award.

His third book, At Maldon (CB Editions, 2013), takes its bearings from the Old English poem 'The Battle of Maldon'. It re-imagines the short-lived battle that took place on the Essex coast in 991AD, when a ragtag army of Anglo-Saxons was mustered to defend their land from Viking raiders.

In 2015, Morgan published In Casting Off (HappenStance Press), a poem-novella that tells a love story that is set within a remote fishing community. A year later, Interference Pattern (Cape Poetry) was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Assurances (Cape, 2018) is a work looking at the RAF's involvement with maintaining the Nuclear Deterrent, in the early years of the Cold War.

Further Reading

Selected Bibliography

Natural Mechanical (CB Editions, 2009)
Long Cuts (CB Editions, 2011)
At Maldon (CB Editions, 2013)
In Casting Off (HappenStance Press, 2015)
Interference Pattern (Cape Poetry, 2016)
Assurances (Cape Poetry, 2018)