An Impressive Arc

Oz has been recognised by Arc magazine (India) with the Arc Poetry Prize 2022 for “a lifetime devotion and service to Prose Poetry”. Though naturally somewhat concerned about the retrospective implications of a “lifetime” award, I am genuinely moved and humbled by this acknowledgment. I bash away at this stuff on a daily basis and … [Read more…]

Leaving Hell Behind …

On 21st December, Hedgehog Poetry Press will be publishing The Still and Fleeting Fire by Amina Alyal and Oz Hardwick. Marking 700 years since the death of Dante Alighieri, the chapbook, which won the Hedgehog “Conversationally Yours” competition, is a three-way dialogue with Dante, which charts a path through the Purgatorial period of pandemic and … [Read more…]

And the winner is …

Oz’s chapbook Learning to Have Lost (Canberra: IPSI/Recent Work, 2018) was this year’s poetry winner in the Rubery International Book Awards. Read what the judges had to say here. The book has now run to a second edition, and is available through all usual outlets.

A Thousand Words

In a rare foray into short fiction, Oz’s story Primavera has been published by A Thousand Words, working with the charity Interact. A noirish slice of magical realism prompted by an intriguing photograph by Alexander Parkyn-Smith, it can be read here.

A Spiky Success

Oz is knocked out to have won the Hedgehog Poetry Press’s Full Fat Collection prize. His winning chapbook, The Lithium Codex, will be published by Hedgehog in Spring 2019. Writing of the collection, judge David Mark Williams said: “As soon as I started reading this collection I sensed I was in the presence of greatness. I had no … [Read more…]

York Culture Awards 2018

Oz has been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Writing’ category of the York Culture Awards 2018, for his chapbook Learning to have Lost, and for his energetic support of emerging writers in the city and beyond. The result will be announced at the awards ceremony at York Theatre Royal, at 6.30pm on Monday 19th November. This … [Read more…]

A World Assembly of Poets

Oz is one of the many poets from more than 40 countries who are featured in A World Assembly of Poets, a special number of the international literature and culture journal Re-Markings. More than two years in the making, it is a remarkably rich and ambitious anthology, of which Huffington Post has said, “if you read one anthology … [Read more…]

A Suitcase of Words

The latest anthology from the Wordspace/Indigo dreams Publishing imprint is Portmanteau, a selection of poetry and prose edited by Esther Dreher, Ethan Lowe & Oz Hardwick. Bursting its latches with a frankly dizzying variety of contributions which run the gamut from light-hearted to very, very dark indeed, it would be too much to describe it all, … [Read more…]

National Poetry Day Recommendation!

Oz is delighted to see that The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry, co-edited with Miles Salter, is one of the 10 Recommended Anthologies for this year’s National Poetry Day on 28th September. For the full list, click here. For details of the anthology – and to order a copy – click here.

The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry

August was focused on The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry, which Oz co-edited with Miles Salter. A quick YouTube search will call up videos of the (decidedly different) York and Scarborough events, but this seems like a good place to share the brilliant short animation by James Condon, which gives details of the book & … [Read more…]