Mark Ford

Mark Ford was born in 1962 in Nairobi, Kenya. He has written four collections of poetry: Landlocked (1992), Soft Sift (2001), Six Children (2011) and Enter, Fleeing (forthcoming, 2018). He has also published two monographs, Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams (2000) and Thomas Hardy: Half a Londoner (2016), and is the editor of the anthology London: A History in Verse (2012). His most recent collection of essays, This Dialogue of One: Essays on Poets from John Donne to Joan Murray (2014), was awarded the Poetry Foundation’s 2015 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and the New York Review of Books.

Photo: Mercy Ford


Round Table »

Poet Mark Ford in conversation with Oli Hazzard

Sat 10 March | 11:30 - 12:15 | £6.50/£4.50 | The Green Room, St Leonards Quad, St Leonards School, South Street

Poetry Centre Stage »

A double bill of poetry for Friday evening
20:00 Reading – Pippa Little
21:00 Reading – Mark Ford

Fri 9 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £9.75/£8.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium


Oxford, 1985

Oh to recapture the golden summer
I met Allen Ginsberg! That tireless man! – he had
within minutes, produced
a whole box of photographs of himself, all shaggy
and naked, in bed
with a blond admirer. Had
he taken these pictures himself? I inquired, marvelling
at their composition … he had!

Mark Ford