Women in Comfortable Shoes

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About the Author

Selima Hill was awarded the King's Gold Medal for Poetry for 2022, with special recognition given to Gloria: Selected Poems (2008). This draws on collections from 1984 to 2006 and includes Violet (1997), which was shortlisted for all three of the UK's major poetry prizes, the Forward Prize, T.S. Eliot Prize and Whitbread Poetry Award, and Bunny (2001), which won the Whitbread Poetry Award and was also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her most recent Bloodaxe collections are Men Who Feed Pigeons (2021), shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize, T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward Prize; and Women in Comfortable Shoes (2023).


"Selima Hill is an inimitable talent. The mind is fragile and unreliable in her poetry, but is also tenacious and surprising, capable of the most extraordinary responses, always fighting back with language as its survival kit. Life in general might be said to be her subject, the complications, contradictions and consequences of simply existing. Nevertheless, Hill's writing is eminently readable and approachable, even fun at times, the voice of a person and a poet who will not be quieted and will not conform to expectations, especially poetic ones." - Simon Armitage, UK Poet Laureate, on behalf of The King's Gold Medal for Poetry Committee

"The collection is by turns surreal and direct, but always arresting. Her trademark humour is present throughout, but its wit can often surprise the reader, conveying truths in hilarious and sometimes shocking ways. The judges were impressed by Selima's mastery of the portrait in miniature - one of the judges calling her 'the UK's Emily Dickinson.'" -- Forward Prize Judges, on Selima Hill's Men Who Feed Pigeons

'Selima Hill is a one-off, and her restless magpie mind unpicks the fragile seams of everyday experience, revealing the darkness beneath. We can choose to laugh, or we can choose to cry, but there's no easy escape from the disconcerting experiences Hill promises her reader.' - John Field, for the T.S. Eliot Prize, on Men Who Feed Pigeons

'Her adoption of surrealist techniques of shock, bizarre, juxtaposition and defamiliarisation work to subvert conventional notions of self and the feminine...Hill returns repeatedly to fragmented narratives, charting extreme experience with a dazzling excess.' - Deryn Rees-Jones, Modern Women Poets

'She is truly gifted. She invests mundane things with visionary, delirious brilliance.' - Graham Swift, The Sunday Times