Hugo Williams

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Hugo Williams (born Hugh Anthony Mordaunt Vyner Williams 20 February 1942) is a British poet, journalist and travel writer.


Williams is the son of actor Hugh Williams and the model and actress Margaret Vyner, who co-wrote some upper-middle-class comedies in the late 1950s. They are best known as co-authors of the play and film The Grass Is Greener. His brother is the actor Simon Williams, and his sister Polly was married to the actor Nigel Havers until her death from cancer at the age of 54.

Williams attended Eton College. He is a regular contributor to the "Freelance" column in the Times Literary Supplement and is poetry editor for The Spectator. Williams has been poetry editor and TV critic for the New Statesman, theatre critic for the Sunday Correspondent, film critic for Harper's & Queen and a writer on popular music for Punch.[1]

Williams is married to singer and writer Hermine Demoriane. They have a daughter, Murphy Williams, who is also a writer and columnist.



Poetry collections[edit]

  • Symptoms of Loss: Poems, Oxford University Press, 1965
  • Sugar Daddy, Oxford University Press, 1970
  • Some Sweet Day, Oxford University Press, 1975
  • Love-Life (with drawings by Jessica Gwynne), André Deutsch, 1979- winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize
  • Writing Home, Oxford University Press, 1985
  • Selected Poems, Oxford University Press, 1989
  • Self-Portrait with a Slide, Oxford University Press, 1990
  • Dock Leaves, Faber and Faber, 1994
  • Penguin Modern Poets 11, (Michael Donaghy, Andrew Motion, Hugo Williams) Penguin, 1997
  • Billy's Rain, Faber and Faber, 1999
  • Curtain Call: 101 Portraits in Verse, (editor) Faber and Faber, 2001
  • Collected Poems, Faber and Faber, 2002
  • Dear Room, Faber and Faber 2006
  • West End Final, Faber and Faber 2009
  • I Knew the Bride, Faber and Faber 2014


This list may also include some poetry books:

  • All the Time in the World, Ross, 1966
  • No Particular Place to Go, Cape, 1981
  • Freelancing: Adventures of a Poet, Faber and Faber, 1995
  • Some RB and Black Pop, Greville Press, 1998


  1. ^ [1] British Council biographical entry, accessed 22 January 2007

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