Robert Selby and André Naffis-Sahely on Mick Imlah
Click here to read Robert Selby and André Naffis-Sahely’s piece about Mick Imlah on the Faber & Faber blog. Robert and André are the editors of Mick Imlah: Selected Prose, which can be read as a companion volume to Imlah’s Selected Poems, published by Faber & Faber shortly after the poet’s death in 2010.
As well as a highly respected poet and editor, Mick Imlah (1956–2009) was one of the finest literary critics of his generation. He spent most of his twenty-five-year career working for the Times Literary Supplement, reinterpreting familiar writers from Tennyson and Trollope to Larkin and Muldoon, and – as his interest in his Scottish background grew – elucidating those fallen from favour, such as Barrie, Buchan, Muir and Scott. With a preface by Mark Ford, this volume draws together a selection of Imlah’s essays that reveal the formidable breadth of his unique literary insight, and the flair with which he communicated it. The volume also encompasses some of his pieces on miscellaneous subjects such as sport and travel, as well as on his own poetry, in order to provide a rounded sense of Imlah the man and writer.