Rory Waterman


My third full-length poetry collection, Sweet Nothings, will be published by Carcanet in May, and is now available to order (click the book title). My second, Sarajevo Roses (Carcanet, 2017), was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize 2019. My debut, Tonight the Summer’s Over (Carcanet, 2013), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize 2014. I am also a critic, editor, and senior lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.

You can read a few sample poems here. Recent poems have been published in the GuardianFinancial TimesTLS, Poetry, Poetry Review, PN Review, New Statesman, and elsewhere, and I write regularly for the TLS and other publications, normally about poetry.

I’m available for readings, interviews, etc. Please see the ‘Contact’ page for email, or contact me via social media.

Twitter: @rorywaterman
New Walk Twitter: @newwalkmagazine

Visit my Amazon author page.


Rory Waterman was born in Belfast in 1981, and grew up in Lincolnshire, in the East Midlands of England. Since 2012, he has worked at Nottingham Trent University, where he is Senior Lecturer in English and leads the MA in Creative Writing (academic profile here). He writes critical prose for various publications, most frequently the TLS, and co-runs the poetry pamphlet publisher (and former literary magazine) New Walk, which he founded in 2010. In addition to writing and editing poetry, he has written or edited several prose books, mostly about (and/or containing) modern or contemporary poetry. He lives in Nottingham.

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