Jacob Polley is regarded as one of the leading talents of the new generation of British poets, and we are delighted to welcome him to Durham as this year’s Festival Laureate. Lamanby is his extraordinary drama of a childhood house that becomes the site of an alternative personal history and dream-vision of boyhood and the North of England.
Based on his award-winning collection of poems, Jackself, Lamanby resonates with voices, monsters and music, telling a story charged with strangeness and poetry. With remarkable music and soundscapes created by John Alder, filming by Ian Fenton, and direction from Tess Denman-Cleaver, Lamanby movingly explores how we might hold on to what matters.
Jacob Polley was born and grew up in Cumbria. He won the 2016 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry for his fourth collection, Jackself. Jacob will write a specially commissioned poem as part of his Laureateship, as well as appearing at a special event for Durham University students.
Introduced by Professor Stephen Regan, Durham University
The Festival Laureateship is run in partnership with Durham University