Mick Imlah

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Michael Ogilvie Imlah (26 September 1956 – 12 January 2009), better known as Mick Imlah, was a Scottish poet and editor.[1]


Imlah was brought up in Milngavie near Glasgow, before moving to Beckenham, Kent, in 1966. He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he subsequently taught as a Junior Fellow. He helped revive the historic Oxford Poetry before editing Poetry Review from 1983-6, and then worked at the Times Literary Supplement from 1992. His collection The Lost Leader (2008) won the Forward Prize for Best Collection,[2] and was shortlisted for the 2009 International Griffin Poetry Prize.

Imlah died in January 2009, aged 52, as a result of motor neurone disease. He was diagnosed with this disease in December 2007.[3] An issue of Oxford Poetry was dedicated to his memory. Alan Hollinghurst dedicated his 2011 novel The Stranger's Child to Imlah's memory; the final section of the novel has the epigraph 'No one remembers you at all' from Imlah's poem 'In Memoriam Alfred Lord Tennyson'. A selection of Imlah's poetry, edited by Mark Ford and with an introduction by Alan Hollinghurst, was published by Faber and Faber in 2010.


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  1. ^ "Obituary: Mick Imlah". London: The Times. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  2. ^ Flood, Alison (2008-10-08). "Mick Imlah takes Forward prize after 20-year silence". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  3. ^ Crown, Sarah (2009-01-13). "Poet Mick Imlah dies, aged 52". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 

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