Posted: 5 November 2012
Faber and Faber is delighted to announce that Matthew Hollis has been appointed Poetry Editor. This is a full-time role. Matthew Hollis replaces Paul Keegan, who recently resigned.
Matthew Hollis is the author of Now All Roads to France: the Last Years of Edward Thomas (Faber, 2011; Norton, 2012) which won the Costa Biography Award and the H. W. Fisher Biography Prize and was Sunday Times Biography of the Year. His first collection of poems, Ground Water (Bloodaxe, 2004), was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread Prize for Poetry and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He is co-editor of Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry (Bloodaxe, 2000) and 101 Poems Against War (Faber, 2003), and more recently, editor of Selected Poems of Edward Thomas (Faber, 2011).
Matthew Hollis was born in Norwich in 1971 and joined Faber in 2002 having previously worked for Oxford University Press. He has been instrumental in launching the careers of a significant number of prize-winning debuts including Daljit Nagra, Emma Jones and Sam Riviere, who all won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and Nick Laird, who won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature; in partnership with Arts Council England, he created the Faber New Poets scheme to support emerging writers of outstanding promise. In addition, Matthew has been the editor of a number of award-winning collections by more established poets on the list, recently: David Harsent's Night (which won the International Griffin Poetry Prize in 2012) Jo Shapcott's Of Mutability (the Costa Book of the Year in 2011) and Don Paterson's Rain (awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010). He has edited a number of celebrated anthologies including Jubilee Lines by Carol Ann Duffy and her New and Collected Poems for Children, James Fenton's The New Faber Book of Love Poems and Ted Hughes's Collected Poems for Children, illustrated by Raymond Briggs.
Stephen Page, Publisher and CEO at Faber said: ‘It has been exciting for all of us at Faber to witness Matthew's emergence as an inspirational editor on the poetry list, someone who can unfailingly identify and nurture new talent. He is of course a distinguished poet himself, and his recent non-fiction triumph - his wonderful and prize-winning biography of Edward Thomas - only confirms our sense that he is also a great authority on the literary canon. I can't think of a better person to build on the work of previous poetry editors at Faber. Matthew is alert to the unique opportunity Faber has to publish poetry in new ways, and he will take forward this key part of our publishing with energy and flair.'
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