Available to come to book groups? Yes
Available to give talks? Yes
Available for school visits? No
I am a York-based writer, photographer and musician and have published three well-received poetry collections, most recently The Illuminated Dreamer (Oversteps, 2010), as well as having been published in numerous international journals and anthologies. I have a particular interest in the way the past resonates in the present, so York, with its layers of history, is the perfect place to live.
Over the past year or so, I have read in venues from Glastonbury to Chicago and have worked with other writers, musicians and film makers for performances from London’s South Bank Centre to Perth (Australia). Current projects include explorations of folklore with Sixpenny Wayke (folk duo) and A Tiding of Magpies (ambient electro-acoustic), both of which are featured on the CD Hail be you sovereigns, lief and dear (Cold Spring, 2012).
By day, I am Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University, where I am Programme Leader for English and Writing and also run a number of literature events. My most recent academic publication is English Medieval Misericords: The Margins of Meaning (Boydell, 2011).
In my spare time, I write reviews and features, mainly on folk music, for R2 magazine.
The Illuminated Dreamer
Oversteps, 2010. Paperback
Reviews: ‘Hardwick can be surreal, but is always lyrical in this eclectic, pleasurable book’ Orbis
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The Lost Songs
Indigo Dreams, 2009. Paperback
Reviews: ‘Re-finds magic in current times’ Reach Poetry
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The Kind Ghosts
bluechrome, 2004. Paperback
Reviews: ‘The more one reads Hardwick’s poems the more they have to say; like lovers with their arms initially closed across their chests, the nearer one approaches, the more they open up, the warmer the embrace’ The Black Mountain Review