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Early life and educationEdit

McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955.


McKendrick has published ten collections of poetry. He is the editor of The Faber Book of 20th-Century Italian Poems (2004).


McKendrick has translated six books of fiction by the Italian novelist Giorgio Bassani, including The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, published as individual volumes by Penguin in the United Kingdom. McKendrick is the third translator to tackle Bassani.


McKendrick was named as one of the Poetry Society's 'New Generation' poets in the 1990s, with the Society selecting his 1997 collection Marble Fly as a Poetry Society Book Choice. Marble Fly also won the 'Best Poetry Collection of the Year' award at the Forward Poetry Prize ceremony.

Other awards include:

His collections have been shortlisted for the 2003 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award.

Published collectionsEdit

  • The Sirocco Room (Oxford University Press, 1991)
  • The Kiosk on the Brink (Oxford University Press, 1993)
  • The Marble Fly (Oxford University Press, 1997)
  • Sky Nails: Poems 1979-1997 (Faber and Faber, 2000)
  • Ink Stone (Faber and Faber, 2003)
  • Crocodiles and Obelisks (Faber and Faber, 2007)
  • The Embrace: Selected Poems by Valerio Magrelli (Faber and Faber, 2009)
  • Out There (Faber and Faber, 2012)
  • Selected Poems (Faber and Faber, 2016)
  • Anomaly (Faber and Faber, 2018)


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