Rory Waterman

Rory Waterman
Welcome! I’m a poet with three collections published by Carcanet Press.
I’m also a literary critic, editor, and academic. 


My third full-length collection, Sweet Nothings, was published by Carcanet in 2020. My two other collections are: Tonight the Summer’s Over (Carcanet, 2013), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize in 2014; and Sarajevo Roses (Carcanet, 2017), shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize 2019. I have also published the pamphlets Brexit Day on the Balmoral Estate (Rack, 2017) and Five Poems (Clutag, 2017). Poems of mine have been published in the GuardianFinancial TimesTLS, Poetry, Poetry Review, PN Review, New Statesman, and elsewhere, as well as in many anthologies.

Editing and Criticism

I am also an editor and a critic. I co-run the poetry pamphlet publisher (and former literary magazine) New Walk, and write regularly for the TLS, PN Review, Poetry Review, and other publications. I have also written and edited several prose books, mostly about (and/or containing) twentieth-century or contemporary poetry, including Wendy Cope (LUP, 2021), Poets of the Second World War (LUP, 2016), W. H. Davies, the True Traveller: A Reader (Fyfield, 2015) and Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R. S. Thomas and Charles Causley (Routledge, 2014).

Bio notes

LONG (125 words)

Rory Waterman’s full-length collections, all published by Carcanet, are: Tonight the Summer’s Over (2013), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for a Seamus Heaney Award; Sarajevo Roses (2017), which was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize for Second Collections; and Sweet Nothings (2020). He is also a critic for the TLS, PN Review and other publications, and has published several books on modern and contemporary poetry. He co-edits New Walk Editions. Rory was born in Belfast in 1981, and grew up mainly in Lincolnshire, in the East Midlands of England. Since 2012, he has worked at Nottingham Trent University, where he is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature and leads the MA in Creative Writing. He lives in Nottingham.

SHORT (45 words)

Rory Waterman’s full-length collections, all published by Carcanet, are: Tonight the Summer’s Over (2013; PBS Recommendation, shortlisted for a Seamus Heaney Award); Sarajevo Roses (2017; shortlisted for Ledbury Forte Prize for Second Collections); and Sweet Nothings (2020). He is on the English faculty at NTU.

VERY SHORT (10 words)

Rory Waterman’s most recent collection is Sweet Nothings (Carcanet, 2020).


I’m available for readings, interviews, etc. I love to hear from anyone who wants to talk to me about my books, or about poetry in general – or anything, really. Please see the ‘Contact’ page for email, or link with me on social media.

Instagram: rory_waterman
Twitter: @rorywaterman

Visit my Amazon author page. But I’d rather you buy from an ethical independent that pays fair taxes and doesn’t ban books, such as this one, or direct from my publisher.

If you’d rather buy one of my collections directly, and have it signed (if you like), please pay via this link, then email me via the contact page of this website to let me know what you want. I can sell you any of my three full-length poetry collections, and they’re £12 each, including postage – or £10 each if you buy more than one.

Photo: Thomas is a great guy and a superb and very reasonably-priced photographer. Hire him for your wedding, event, etc, though he’s in high demand. You’ll be ever so glad you did.

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