Mark Hyatt

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Mark Hyatt (1940 – circa 30 April 1972) was an English poet and novelist, largely forgotten after his early death but mostly published many years later, in 2023.

Early life

Hyatt was born in London in 1940,[1] to James Hyatt and Rachel (née Hilden).[2] His mother died when he was five.[3] According to his former lover, Anthony Blond, he was a 'gypsy'.[4] He had little or no formal education, and learned to read and write as an adult.[5]


Hyatt's poems were included in the anthologies Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain (1969) and Not Love Alone: A Modern Gay Anthology (1985).[3]

His poems were kept in circulation by word of mouth and underground publications after his death, and have subsequently been edited by Luke Roberts and Sam Ladkin. Hyatt's selected poems are to be published in 2023 as So Much for Life by Nightboat Books.[5][6]

His only known novel, Love, Leda, written in about 1965, was published in 2023 by Peninsula Press.[5][7] In 2023, an exhibition about Love, Leda was held at the Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road.[8]

His work was acknowledged with the first edition of the surrealist poetry magazine, and matching curtains too!, in 1972.[9]

Personal life

Hyatt had a son with the Bohemian writer Cressida Lindsay, the daughter of the writer Philip Lindsay and the model Jeanne Ellis.[10][4] At one point he lived in a ménage à trois with Lindsay and Blond, with whom Lindsay would go on to have another son.[3] He featured as 'Jason' in Lindsay's 1969 novel Lovers & Fathers and as 'Jack' in Laura Del-Rivo's 1967 novel Daffodil on the Pavement.[3] In 1968 Hyatt met Donald Haworth, known as Atom, and they moved to a cottage in Belthorn, near Blackburn.[3] In 1972 Atom left him, and he died by suicide in a cave near Entwistle Reservoir.[11][3] A coroner's inquest determined that he had taken an overdose of aspirin and mandrax sleeping tablets.[3] His ashes were interred in Streatham Cemetery.[3]


  1. Wandsworth Register Office, Vol 1d, page 398, March 1941 quarter.
  2. Wandsworth Register Office, Vol 1d, page 1809, September 1935 quarter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 "Foyles: Love, Leda Afterword". Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Blond, Anthony, Jew Made in England, (Timewell Press: 2004), p 203.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Granta: Mark Hyatt". Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  6. "Nightboat Books: Mary Hyatt". Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  7. "Peninsula Press: Love, Leda". Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  8. "Foyles: Love, Leda exhibition". Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  9. "Division Leap: and matching curtains too!". Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  10. Woodcraft, Molloy (25 November 2010). "The Guardian: "Cressida Lindsay Obituary", 25 November 2010". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  11. Blond, Anthony, Jew Made in England, (Timewell Press: 2004), p 204.

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