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Neil Astley


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Neil Astley lives in the Tarset Valley in north Northumberland. He is the editor of Bloodaxe Books, which he founded in 1978. He has published several poetry anthologies, including Staying Alive, Poetry with an Edge and New Blood, a critical book on Tony Harrison, and two collections, Darwin Survivor (Peterloo, 1988: Poetry Book Society Recommendation) and Biting My Tongue (Bloodaxe, 1995). He has received a Gregory Award for his poetry and a D.Litt from Newcastle University for his work with Bloodaxe Books. The End of My Tether, his first novel, was written with the assistance of several animals.
 
Novels
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Collections
   Darwin Survivor (poems) (1988)
   Biting My Tongue (poems) (1996)
   Magnetic North (2005) (with Andrew Crumey, Julia Darling, Val McDermid, Sean O'Brien and Jacob Polley)
   Ten Poems About Sheep (poems) (2012)
   Passionfood (poems) (2014)
   Funny Ha Ha Funny Peculiar (poems) (2015)
   Land of Three Rivers (poems) (2017)
   Soul Food (poems) (2020) (with Pamela Robertson-Pearce)
   Staying Human (poems) (2020)
   The Heavy Bear Who Goes with Me (poems) (2021) (with Brendan Kennelly)
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Chapbooks
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Anthologies edited
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Non fiction
   Dear Next Prime Minister (1990)
   Tony Harrison (1991)
   Wordworks (1992) (with Mark Lavender)
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Awards
Whitbread Prize Best First Novel nominee (2002) : The End of my Tether