Hugo Williams

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Hugo Williams born Hugh Anthony Mordaunt Vyner Williams is a British poet, journalist and travel writer. He was born on 20 February 1942.

Life and career

Williams is the eldest son of actor Hugh Williams and the model and actress Margaret Vyner, who co-wrote some upper-middle-class comedies in the late 1950s. They are best known as co-authors of the play and film The Grass Is Greener. His younger brother is the actor Simon Williams, and his sister the late actress Polly Williams was married to the actor Nigel Havers until her death from cancer at the age of 54.

Williams attended Eton College. He is a regular contributor to the "Freelance" column in the Times Literary Supplement and is poetry editor for The Spectator. Williams has been poetry editor and TV critic for the New Statesman, theatre critic for the Sunday Correspondent, film critic for Harper's & Queen and a writer on popular music for Punch.[1]

Williams is married to singer and writer Hermine Demoriane. They have a daughter, Murphy Williams, who is also a writer and columnist.




  • Symptoms of Loss: Poems, Oxford University Press, 1965
  • Sugar Daddy, Oxford University Press, 1970
  • Some Sweet Day, Oxford University Press, 1975
  • Love-Life (with drawings by Jessica Gwynne), André Deutsch, 1979- winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize
  • Writing Home, Oxford University Press, 1985
  • Selected Poems, Oxford University Press, 1989
  • Self-Portrait with a Slide, Oxford University Press, 1990
  • 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
  • West End Final, Faber and Faber 2009
  • Williams, Hugo (2014). I knew the bride. Faber and Faber. 


This list may also include some poetry books:

  • All the Time in the World, Ross, 1966
  • No Particular Place to Go, Cape, 1981
  • Freelancing: Adventures of a Poet, Faber and Faber, 1995
  • Some RB and Black Pop, Greville Press, 1998

Critical studies and reviews of Williams' work

  • Kelly, Terry (Jun–Jul 2014). "Peter Pan meets Elvis". The London Magazine: 83–90.  Reviews I knew the bride.

See also


  1. ^ "Hugo Williams". British Council Literature. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 

External links

  • British Council biographical entry
  • Hugo Williams Poems in Qualm
  • Interview in Horizon Magazine
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