Hugo Williams

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Hugo Williams (born 1942) is a British poet, journalist and travel writer. He is the brother of actor Simon Williams and eschewed the family's traditional theatrical past, following instead a literary career.

He attended Eton College. He contributes to the "Freelance" column of the Times Literary Supplement.

Williams has been poetry editor and TV critc for the New Statesman, theatre critic for the Sunday Corrrespondent, film critic for Harper's & Queen and a writer on popular music for Punch magazine.[1]

He lives in Islington, and is still waiting to be asked to appear on Desert Island Discs.


  • 1 Works
    • 1.1 Poetry
    • 1.2 Other
  • 2 Prizes
  • 3 Notes
  • 4 External links



  • Symptoms of Loss: Poems, Oxford University Press, 1965
  • Selected Poems, Oxford University Press, 1989
  • Dock Leaves, Faber and Faber, 1994
  • Penguin Modern Poets 11, (Michael Donaghy, Andrew Motion, Hugo Williams) Penguin, 1997
  • Billy's Rain, Faber and Faber, 1999
  • Curtain Call: 101 Portraits in Verse, (editor) Faber and Faber, 2001
  • Collected Poems, Faber and Faber, 2002
  • Dear Room, Faber and Faber 2006


This list may also include some poetry books:

  • All the Time in the World, Ross, 1966
  • Sugar Daddy, Oxford University Press, 1970
  • Some Sweet Day, Oxford University Press, 1975
  • Love-Life (with drawings by Jessica Gwynne), AndrĂ© Deutsch, 1979
  • No Particular Place to Go, Cape, 1981
  • Writing Home, Oxford University Press, 1985
  • Self-Portrait with a Slide, Oxford University Press, 1990
  • Freelancing: Adventures of a Poet, Faber and Faber, 1995
  • Some RB and Black Pop, Greville Press, 1998


  • 1966 Eric Gregory Award
  • 1971 Cholmondeley Award
  • 1975 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for Some Sweet Day
  • 1999 T. S. Eliot Prize for Billy's Rain
  • 2007 T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist for Dear Room


  1. ^ [1] British Council biographical entry, accessed January 22, 2007
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