Polly Walshe was born in London and lives in Oxford. Her poems inspired by nature and time have been published in a wide variety of journals, most recently in PN Review, The London Magazine, Shearsman, Acumen, The High Window, The Galway Review and TheSpectator. In 2019, 20 and 22 her poems were long-listed in the National Poetry Competition (UK). In 2019 she was the winner of The Frogmore Prize.
Her novel The Latecomer (Random House, 1997) was a winner of a Betty Trask Award.
Polly is also a painter and a member of Oxford Art Society. She has a degree in Classics from Trinity Hall, Cambridge.