Much of Polly Atkin's poetry looks at the relationship between people and with specific places, and evoking place.
In 2014, Polly was awarded the New Writing North's Andrew Waterhouse Prize for work in progress, which 'reflects a strong sense of place or the natural environment.'
In Autumn 2013 three new poems – along with jewellery, paintings, artists’ books and sculptures based on them – were exhibited in St Oswald’s, Grasmere. This was part of a project in which 13 poets’ responses to the church were responded to by local artists. In February 2014, her poem ‘Forecast’ was engraved on a windowpane in the historic Globe Inn, in Dumfries, as part of the Windows for Burns' Night project.
Polly has also published two chapters on poetry and place in a Romantic context:
- Paradox Inn: Home and Passing Through at Grasmere’ in Romantic Localities: Europe Writes Places, ed. by Christoph Bode and Jacqueline Labbé (London, Pickering and Chatto, 2010)
- Ghosting Grasmere: the musealisation of Dove Cottage’ in Literary Tourism and Nineteenth Century Culture, ed. by Nicola Watson (London: Palgrave, 2009)
She is currently working on a full length critical study exploring the connections between Romantic legacies, contemporary creativity, ecopoetics, tourism and place.