Acoustic Night May 2009


Lucy English


Selfish People

Published by  Fourth Estate 1998.

“Postmodern, almost post grunge, this first novel takes an ordinary story about a battered wife and some unpromising twenty year olds and turns it into a psychological labyrinth. The result is unusual and compelling.” Aisling Foster TLS


Children of Light

Published by Fourth Estate 1999

“If you want to get a feeling for Provence forget travel books and read this. A brilliant take on an unconventional family history.”  The Good Book Guide.


Our Dancing Days

Published by Fourth Estate 2000

“Sex and gardening. The least sung of the Sixties revolutions has to be the Arcadian one…Lucy English’s account of this doomed experiment is written with warmth… A delightful portrait of an era.”  The Times.


City: Bristol Today in Poetry and Pictures

with Helen Dunmore and Philip Gross 2004


Why I’m Here. Poetry by Lucy English

photographs by Sally Mundy 2009

“A sense of place, a subtle sensitivity of the nuances of people and places – these are rare gifts. Lucy and Sally have found poetry in the normal.”   Alastair Sawday.

“The poems..often take word and image beyond themselves into an altogether different kind of aesthetic space.”  Professor Tim Liardet.

Prayer to Imperfection - Poems 1996-2014

ISBN 9781909136274 - 204 pages

Unusually for a poet of her stature and with near on two decades of work to her name this is the first book of Lucy English's poetry to be published. As such it is a significant retrospective of an English poet with an international reputation. Lucy's poetry explores the complexities of modern life, and the way that we try to find comfort wherever we can. It explores life lived in urban spaces with many of her poems rooted in the landscape of Bristol, the city she has made her home. With influences as diverse as Wittgenstein and Andy Warhol, Lucy's poetry is direct, uses everyday language in often complex ways and yet remains accessible, vibrant and packed with sensuality, sensitivity and humour.

"The hippy chick love mother sex goddess." The List

“A sense of place, a subtle sensitivity of the nuances of people and places – these are rare gifts.” Alastair Sawday

"Lucy is a leader in her field; gracefully straddling the gap between page and stage, poetry and prose. Her work, both written and performed is insightful, sexy, thoughtful, confrontational - in fact everything that you could ask for in a contemporary live-lit practitioner." Glenn Carmichael


Lucy is currently working on a novel set in Siberia.