James Brookes’ receipt of the 2009 Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors identifies him as one of Britain’s most promising young poets. Incisively dramatising notions of history and place, his work is remarkable for its courageous examination of the intermingled violence and beauty of national belonging.
He was born in 1986 and has has lived in Sussex for most of the last 20 years. He studied at the University of Warwick and was Senior Student Editor and then a Contributing Editor of The Warwick Review. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Review, Horizon Review, the Swedish journal Signum - and on a church pew in Taunton, Somerset.
His debut pamphlet, The English Sweats was released by Pighog in 2010 to widespread critical acclaim.