Wayne Holloway-Smith on The Echo Chamber

Wayne Holloway-Smith on The Echo Chamber


Wayne Holloway-Smith's first full-length collection Alarum was published by Bloodaxe in March 2017 and launched with a reading at the Newcastle Poetry Festival on 12 May.  Alarum was shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2017 and for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection.  It was a Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice for Winter 2017.  ‘Short’, the final poem in Alarum, won the the Poetry Society’s 2016 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for the best poem in The Poetry Review during 2016.

Wayne read at Kendal Poetry Festival in September 2018.   'Five Minutes with Wayne Holloway-Smith': read this Kendal Poetry Festival interview here.



The Echo Chamber: Live at the Contains Strong Language Festival, BBC Radio 4, Sunday 7 October 2018, 4.30pm (repeated Saturday 13 October, 11.30pm)

Wayne Holloway-Smith took part in special live edition of The Echo Chamber that was recorded in front of a theatre audience at the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival in Hull on 30 September.

All four interviewed poets spoke about how they came to poetry. Wayne read and spoke about his poem 'Some Waynes' from his debut collection Alarum and also read a new poem.

‘Jacob Polley, Caroline Bird, Wayne Holloway-Smith and Mary Jean Chan join Paul Farley on stage for a special edition of BBC Radio 4’s contemporary poetry series The Echo Chamber.’

A photograph of all the participants on stage illustrates the webpage for this programme.  Available on BBC iPlayer until 11pm on 12 November 2018 (Intro & from 6.30).

Click here for programme information & photo - no longer available to listen to.

A separate clip has been posted on The Echo Chamber’s webpages is still available to listen to via BBC Sounds. It features Wayne Holloway-Smith speaking about what he thought about poets & poetry when growing up: "I don't think I really knew that poets existed."   Click here to listen.


'A vital book about working class identity' - Andrew McMillan on Alarum, his Winter Guest Selection for the Winter 2017 PBS Bulletin

'This book is funny, clever, serious, touching, and extraordinarily imaginative.' – Mark Waldron on Wayne Holloway-Smith's Alarum.

'enviably good.. hilarious and witty, it’s also terrifically sad, but wears its tragedy so lightly at first it’s hard to notice. - John Challis writing about Alarum for The Poetry School

Click here to read the full review


Interviews with Wayne Holloway-Smith

An interview with Wayne is in Honest Ulsterman magazine here.

Click here to read an interview with Wayne Holloway-Smith on Poetry Spotlight.

Wayne Holloway-Smith will be reading at the Swindon Poetry Festival on 7 October 2018.  See details here.

[07 November 2018]

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