Selima Hill's latest collection, The Hat , is a disturbing portrayal of a woman's struggle to regain her identity. Her story emerges through a series of short poems, often related to animals: how she is preyed upon and betrayed, misunderstood, compromised and t allowed to be herself. Like all of Selima Hill's books, The Hat charts extreme experience with a dazzling excess', with dark humour and surprising combinations of homely and outlandish. The Hat is published at the same time Selima Hill's Gloria: Selected Poems , which draws on ten previous collections.
Selima Hill grew up in a family of painters in farms in England and Wales, and has lived in Dorset for the past 20 years. She won ﬁrst prize in the Arvon/Observer International Poetry Competition with part of The Accumulation of Small Acts of Kindness (1989), one of several extended sequences in Gloria: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2008). Published at the same time as a new collection, The Hat (2008), Gloria includes work from Saying Hello at the Station (1984), My Darling Camel (1988), A Little Book of Meat (1993), Aeroplanes of the World (1994), Violet (1997), Bunny (2001), Portrait of My Lover as a Horse (2002), Lou-Lou (2004) and Red Roses (2006).Violet was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for all three of the UK's major poetry prizes, the Forward Prize, T.S. Eliot Prize and Whitbread Poetry Award. Bunny won the Whitbread Poetry Award, was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Lou-Lou was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.