Granta buys debut poetry collection by Will Harris

Rights - Fiction Wednesday, 09 January 2019

In RENDANG, Harris 'shows us new ways to think about the contradictions of identity and cultural memory'


Granta Books has bought RENDANG, the debut poetry collection by London-based poet and critic Will Harris. Rachael Allen, poetry editor at Granta, signed World English Language rights from Niki Chang at The Good Literary Agency. Granta will publish in spring 2020.

The publication of RENDANG will only be Granta's second ever poetry collection, after Ben Lerner's No Art.

RENDANG is a collection that 'engages equally with the pain and promise of self-perception. Drawing on his Anglo-Indonesian heritage, Harris shows us new ways to think about the contradictions of identity and cultural memory.' According to the publisher, 'these extraordinary poems will change the landscape of British poetry.' Harris was featured in ES Magazine as part of the 'new guard' of London poets, and his poem 'Say' was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018.

Allen said: "RENDANG complicates and experiments with the lyric in a way that urges it forward. Playing eruditely with and querying structures of narrative, with his use of image, ekphrasis, and ruptured forms, RENDANG is a startling new take on the self and how identity is constructed."

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