Simon Jenner is a poet and commissioning editor, writing on music and poetry. Belatedly educated at Leeds and Cambridge, his PhD was a study of 1940s Oxford poetry. His debut was singular: a launch in Germany and tours in Bavaria in 1996 and 1997 organized by Zeitriss, with a German Arts Bursary. Bi-lingual volumes, From Head to Foot, and Player-Time appeared in 1996 and 1997. In 1999, he received a South East Arts Bursary. About Bloody Time (Waterloo) appeared in 2007. The late Martin Seymour-Smith commented: ‘there is genius in this poetry.’ Peter Porter added ‘in a thoroughly admirable way, this work is miles from the prevailing styles admired in this country at the moment. There’s some very good poetry here.’ Robert Nye predicted: ‘A considerable new poet on the scene & his best work is yet to come.’ Jenner is working on his 1940s study, and a biography of Lionel Johnson. He has been Director of Survivors’ Poetry since 2003.
University of Chichester 2009/10
University of East London 2008/09