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Clay Hill, his first collection, appeared in 1988. Fellini Beach, his second collection, appeared in 1994. His third collection, Competing with the Piano Tuner, was a Poetry Book Society special commendation and long-listed for the Whitbread Poetry Prize in 1998; his fourth, To the God of Rain, a Poetry Book Society recommendation for Spring 2003. Liardet was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2002. He has reviewed poetry for such journals as The Guardian, Poetry Review, and PN Review and was poet-in-residence at The Guardian in 2006. The Blood Choir, his fifth collection, won an Arts Council England Writer's Award as a collection-in-progress in 2003, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for summer 2006, and was shortlisted for the 2006 TS Eliot Prize for the best collection of poetry for that year. "Priest Skear", a pamphlet that turns the drowning of the 23 Chinese cocklepickers in Morecambe Bay in 2004 into a political allegory, appeared in 2010 and was the Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice for winter 2010. The Storm House, his eighth collection, a book-length elegy for his brother who died young and in mysterious circumstances, appeared from Carcanet Press in June 2011. Madame Sasoo Goes Bathing, a pamphlet, will appear in 2013; his next full collection from Carcanet will appear in 2014, a New and Selected Poems, from the same publisher, in 2015.
Liardet has performed his work on BBC Radio Three and BBC Radio Four. He read at the Ars Interpres Festival, Stockholm, in 2007, and was visiting poet at the Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin in 2008. He has sat on various panels and delivered papers on contemporary poetry at the AWP Conference in New York City in 2008, in Chicago in 2009 and in Washington DC in 2011.
- Competing with the Piano Tuner, Seren, 1998, ISBN 9781854112279
- To the God of Rain, Seren, 2003, ISBN 9781854113351
- The Blood Choir, Seren, 2006, ISBN 9781854114143
- The World Before Snow, Carcanet Press Limited, 2015, ISBN 9781847772091
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