Jen Hadfield

Jen Hadfield lives in Shetland, an island community a couple hundred miles off the coast of Scotland and has published two collections of poetry with Bloodaxe Books. Her second, Nigh-No-Place, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2007 and won the T.S.Eliot Prize for poetry in 2008. She is currently working on her third, Byssus. In her sometimes-chaotic creative life, walking, and foraging for wild food and material for her visual art are as important as her language-centred practice. Audio samples of her work are available at She blogs intermittently at