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John Hartley Williams (UK)

John Hartley Williams was born in Cheshire and grew up in London. He studied at Nottingham University and later at the University of London. He has worked as a teacher in France, Jugoslavia and Cameroon. Since 1976 he has been a teacher at the Free University of Berlin.

His first full collection of poems was Hidden Identities (1982), published by Chatto & Windus. Subsequent collections were published by Bloodaxe Books. They included: Bright River Yonder (1987), Cornerless People (1990), Double (1994), and Canada (1997). Ignoble Sentiments, a prose memoir, was published by Arc in 1995. In 2001 the collection Spending Time with Walter was published by Jonathan Cape, and in 2002, also from Cape, a book of prose poems Mystery in Spiderville (reissued 2003 by Vintage). Williams' work has appeared in numerous anthologies, and he has contributed reviews and articles to many poetry magazines.

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