In 2015 Tony Harrison, Winner of the David Cohen Prize for Literature, nominated the Wordsworth Trust to receive the Clarissa Luard Award.  This award, funded by Arts Council England, is given annually to a writer under the age of 35 or an organisation that supports young writers.  The Wordsworth Trust has chosen to use the Award to fund a series of month-long residencies between November 2016 and March 2017.

While the poets are here they will have the opportunity to actively engage with our educational and outreach work, and to respond creatively to our collection In particular, they will have the opportunity to contribute to our exciting Heritage Lottery Fund project, 'Reimagining Wordsworth'. 

The three Clarissa Luard Poets in Residence are:

Harry Man

Harry was born in Aylesbury in 1982. His first pamphlet, ‘Lift’ won the UNESCO Bridges of Struga Award in 2014. He is 2016 Hawthornden Fellow and his most recent pamphlet, Finders Keepers addresses endangered species throughout the UK. Previously he was Poet in Residence at StAnza poetry festival in St Andrews, Scotland, and at the Fleetwood Initiative where he worked on a contemporary dance and poetry collaboration project, // No Landing with his partner Jennifer Essex. He lives in Teesside. You can find more of his work at


Holly Corfield Carr

Holly is based in Bristol and Cambridge, where she is completing a PhD in site-specific poetry. Her poems are often physically connected to particular places and recent commissions include poems for passenger ferries, public toilets and car parks as well as galleries, museums and broadcast for BBC Radios 3 and 4. Her pamphlet Mine documents her performances in an eighteenth-century crystal grotto. She has previously worked as writer-in-residence at Spike Island, the Curfew Tower, the Bristol Poetry Institute and the British Ceramics Biennial. Holly received an Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015.


David Tait

David’s first collection Self-Portrait with The Happiness (Smith|Doorstop) was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and received an Eric Gregory Award from The Society of Authors. His latest pamphlet, Three Dragon Day, was named a winner in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition judged by Billy Collins and shortlisted for The Michael Marks Award. David lives in Nanjing, China, where he works as a teacher. He plans to use his time in Grasmere to continue working towards his second collection and to engage with Wordsworth's Grasmere as a place of respite.