Rory Waterman

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


Sweet Nothings coverMy third full-length poetry collection, Sweet Nothings, was published by Carcanet in May 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. Recent poems of mine have been published in the GuardianFinancial TimesTLS, Poetry, Poetry Review, PN Review, New Statesman, and elsewhere.

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.


I was born in Belfast in 1981, and grew up mainly with my mother and grandmother in Lincolnshire, in the East Midlands of England. Since 2012, I have worked at Nottingham Trent University, where I teach English and lead the MA in Creative Writing (academic profile here). I live in Nottingham.


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

Twitter: @rorywaterman

Visit my Amazon author page. But I’d rather you buy from an ethical independent 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. You’ll be ever so glad you did.

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