Steve Ely

Steve Ely was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2013. He is a poet, novelist and biographer from Yorkshire. Oswald’s Book of Hours is his first published book of poetry. His second, Englaland, will be published by Smokestack in 2015. He recently completed Made in Mexborough: Ted Hughes’s South Yorkshire, a biographical work about the late Laureate’s neglected Mexborough period. He is currently writing poetry about football, genocide and the mediaeval hermit Richard Rolle. With Zaffar Kunial, Denise Riley and Warsan Shire, Ely was one of four poets who contributed to The Pity, a series of new poems commissioned by the Poetry Society in response to the centenary of the First World War. The Pity commissions were premiered live at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day, 2014, accompanied by background visuals by Robert Peake. The poems are now available as a book, available from The Poetry Society online shop.