Oz Hardwick

About Oz Hardwick

Oz Hardwick by Sue Whitehouse

Oz Hardwick is a poet, writer, photographer, occasional musician, and academic, whose work has been published and performed internationally in and on diverse media. His chapbook Learning to Have Lost (Canberra: IPSI/Recent Work, 2018) was the winner in the poetry category of the 2019 Rubery International Book Awards, and his last collection The Lithium Codex (Clevedon: Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2019) won the Hedgehog Poetry Press Full Fat Collection prize. He has also edited and co-edited several anthologies, including (with Anne Caldwell) The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry (Scarborough: Valley Press, 2019). Oz is Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University, where he leads the Creative Writing programmes. www.ozhardwick.co.uk

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  • Title: Wolf Planet
  • ISBN: 978-1913499419
  • Pages: 20
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Sleepwalk or spacewalk? Wolf Planet is an elliptical, hallucinatory prose poem that crash-lands on a parallel world as bright and fractured as a broken mirror. Memory, faith, and desire clutter urban ring-roads and abandoned churches, as all the while the Big Bad Wolf – who may not be so big or so bad – presides like the ghost of Piers the Plowman or Trout Fishing in America. A unique vision for strange times.

In this densely poignant novelette where a red-eye express is a route to noir, who’s the Big Bad Wolf? Wolf Planet is a genre bending chapbook of literary fragments evocative with myth, science fiction and the poetic. This staggering offering from a bold artist is a prodigal archetype that refuses to be tamed.

Eugen Bacon – author of Claiming T-Mo and Writing Speculative Fiction

In Wolf Planet, Oz Hardwick has built for us a hazy, smoke-filled fairy tale as much about the past as about the present, a diorama like Borges’s Aleph – if you look just right, crouching there in the cellar under the dining room, you can see the point that contains all other points. Everything here is a metaphor; everything here is literally true. Don’t read it too fast; or, if you do, read it again. Read it again anyway; it won’t disappoint.

Richard Ford Burley – author of Mouse and Displacement

  • Title: The Lithium Codex
  • ISBN: 978-1916480605
  • Pages: 46
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Everything sings in these pages, from birds to buildings who remember the children who once lived there. The work is a soundtrack of ghosts, a world of recovery where the dead sit on deckchairs and the living compare themselves to chalk outlines on the pavement. Powerful, startling, and utterly original these prose poems have a pulse. Hardwick is a master of the form.

– Angela Readman


Poems in The Lithium Codex shape pages of a book of melancholy; gently fabricated soft prose blocks of longings and losings; lyric attempts – doomed to fail but, as failure, always also positively self-contained – to home in on and perhaps also to shrink from, or simply to understand, the painful distance or chasm agape between self and world, I and other, psyche and language, through beautiful, thoughtful, fragile phenomenological laments. Memoryscapes, mindscapes, drifting, to-ing and fro-ing in private and public time, without a real desire for origo or destination, or even authorship and/or companionship, always torn by tension of phobia and philia, processing the process of being, remembering, writing itself.

– Ágnes Lehóczky


While each poem of The Lithium Codex gives the impression of being improvised, what impresses is how skilfully the effects are realised. It is not just the inventiveness of the writing but its precision. These prose poems have the authority of a classic.

– David Mark Williams