J. O. Morgan (born 1978 Edinburgh) lives on a small farm in The Scottish Borders. In 2009 he won the Aldeburgh First Poetry Prize with his book-length poem about a young boy named Rocky from the Isle of Skye. The lyrically treated biographical sketch “Natural Mechanical” excited the jury with its complex yet accessible handling of a personal history. Morgan’s texts move between truth and fiction, tradition and individual perspective, and distinguish themselves through a dexterous use of various verse forms.
Following “Natural Mechanical”, the poetry collection “Long Cuts” was published in 2012, and was nominated for the “Scottish Book Award”, and in 2014 the disturbing reworking of the Anglo-saxon text about the Battle of Maldon in 991AD “At Maldon” appeared.
Natural Mechanical, CB Editions 2009
Long Cuts, CB Editions 2012
At Maldon, CB Editions 2014