‘Harry Man’s poems fizz and zing with ideas, humour, passion and playfulness. It’s a joy to follow the thread of each piece. Often he leads us on a bold, fantastical journey, finally setting us down somewhere we couldn’t envisage but immediately recognise.’

- Heidi Williamson Former Poet-in-residence for the John Jarrold Printing Museum

Harry Man

Harry Man is a poet, editor and translator, he was born in Buckinghamshire, grew up in South London and now lives in Teesside in the North East of England.

He has won the Stephen Spender Prize and is a Northern Writers Award co-winner alongside the poet Suzannah Evans for his latest pamphlet Utøya Thereafter (Hercules Editions) written with Endre Ruset. In addition, Harry was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for his pamphlet Finders Keepers (Sidekick Books) co-authored with the artist Sophie Gainsley. He has also won the 2014 UNESCO Bridges of Struga Award for his first pamphlet Lift (Tall Lighthouse), which was additionally shortlisted for 'Best Pamphlet' at the Saboteur Awards.

He has been a Hawthornden Fellow and a Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust and he writes children’s theatre which has been put on at festivals and venues throughout the UK including at Greenbelt Festival and The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

His work has appeared in Ink Sweat & Tears, New Welsh Review, Poems in the Waiting Room, Magma and 3:AM among other places. His poetry has also appeared in anthologies, journals, academic publishing and on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. His poetry has been translated into eleven languages including Arabic, German, Macedonian, Chinese, Slovak, Turkish, Swedish, Dutch and Norwegian.


Harry Man is represented by Philippa Milnes-Smith at The Soho Agency.