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Oz Hardwick

Oz Hardwick was born in Plymouth, 1960. He is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently The Ringmaster's Apprentice, published by Valley Press in October 2014. (For details of Oz's other collections, consult his own website here).

He is also a photographer and musician, and a professor of Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University. He lives in York.


The Ringmaster's Apprentice

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Oz Hardwick's fifth collection of poetry – his first with Valley Press – begins with the poet on a ‘bland train’, staring at a fox emerging from the railside bush. The narrator declares that between himself, trapped in a mundane scene of everyday reality, and the fox, immersed in nature, mystery and myth, ‘hangs more poetry than I will ever write’.

He then sets out to write it anyway, to fill that gap; to explore the space between the familiar and domestic, the extraordinary and exotic. In bringing these seemingly irreconcilable worlds together, in a circus of language, ideas, music and images, Hardwick has created a singular literary experience that can be devoured quickly, but will stay with readers for a long time afterwards.

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