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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

En route to the 'unknown'

“With a novel, there is no hurrying it. You're constantly walking into the unknown.” – Tobias Hill
A native of North London and the son of a journalist and graphic designer, Hill is a prizewinning and critically acclaimed author of five novels, four volumes of poetry, a short story collection and a children's book.  He is celebrating his 46th birthday today.
Amongst contemporary British authors, Hill is unusual in achieving critical recognition as a poet, novelist and writer of short stories.  Over the past 10 years, he has been named  one of the “Best young writers in Britain” by the London Times Literary Supplement and selected as one of the country's “Next Generation” poets. His novels have been published worldwide.  Secrecy, revelation and obsession are recurrent themes in Hill's novels, which have all been best sellers.  His short stories have won the prestigious International PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award.  And, his poetry has been called “luminous” and “unforgettable.”

When asked what he likes best in his writing life, he said probably poetry because it provides him the biggest challenge.

 “At school, I was never given a sense that poetry was something flowery or light. It's a complex and controlled way of using language,” he said.  “Rhythms and the music of it are very important. But the difficulty is that poetry makes some kind of claim of honesty.”

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