A White Year
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A White Year is an enigmatic sequence of lyric poems set in the Late Iron Age lake village at Glastonbury, on the Somerset Levels. The poems follow a year in the life of one young inhabitant, drawing on details from Victorian and modern day excavation reports. Calendar rituals and a deeply involved relationship with the land are recorded, with a great sense of belonging and mystery. Ultimately, the demise of the settlement comes when the village is overtaken by floodwater, silt and clay.
Anna Lewis is the author of two previous poetry collections: Other Harbours (Parthian, 2012) and The Blue Cell (Rack Press, 2015), a pamphlet on the lives of early medieval Welsh saints. She has won the Christopher Tower Prize, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, the Robin Reeves Prize and the Orange/Harper's Bazaar short story competition. She grew up in Somerset, a few miles from Glastonbury, and holds a doctorate in Archaeology from the University of Leicester. She now lives in Cardiff.
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While You Were Away
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While You Were Away is a collection of accomplished and moving lyric poems that focus on objects in a still-life like manner: how they connote and retain significance in the often overlooked moments of our lives. Speaking of how we live now, Stephen Keeler's poems are rich in deceptively simple images that are as contemplative as they are assertive.
Stephen Keeler won the first Highland Literary Salon Poetry Competition in 2013 and a Scottish Book Trust New Writing Award in 2015. He lives in north-west Scotland where he writes and teaches creative writing. Stephen has lived and worked as a teacher, teacher-trainer and language education adviser in numerous countries including England, Sweden, China, Vietnam and several former Soviet bloc states.
Greyhound Night Service
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Greyhound Night Service is a collection of poetry that meditates mostly on the Florida landscape of the poet's youth. At the heart lies a sequence of haibun, a Japanese style of prose poetry with haiku, charting a journey down the Chassahowitzka River. On this river of swamp and clear springs, wildlife is something to avoid. These poems explore what it means to be of a place and then to leave it: foreigness and native ground.
Liz Bahs has published extensively in UK and international magazines including Envoi, The Interpreter’s House, Iota, Magma, Mslexia, The North, The Rialto, Southword, The Still Point Journal, Wasafiri and Visual Verse. Her poems and flash fiction have placed or won awards in Troubadour International Poetry Prize (2011), Wasafiri New Writing Prize (2013), Magma Judge’s Prize (2014), The Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition (2015), Literary Kitchen Contest (2015) and Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition (2015). She is an Associate Lecturer for The Open University and a Visiting Lecturer for the University of London. She writes regular poetry reviews for The Frogmore Press and blogs about writing at: whenyoureadtome.blogspot.co.uk
"Prepare to be immersed in the heat and vibrancy of Florida's natural world, full of such sensual detail that to read it is to breathe it in. Liz Bahs has written a powerful elegiac love-poem to her Floridian landscape and in a short pamphlet encompasses her rich voyaging through memories of youth and nature towards those other countries of her future." JO SHAPCOTT
An Unbolted Door
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An Unbolted Door is a collection of lyric poems finely attuned to the lives, landscape and history of the Orkneys. In these poems, the ferry crew bring the boat alongside the Westray pier, seeing a skyline and observing the tides and winds as their forbears did. Pictish folk, Norse folk and folk who were living from the land and sea way before written records. The folk, the land and the sea speak with one voice. The poems try to feel their way into this voice as it reaches for connections. Eels and wills, nails and Enchantress stoves all point in to themselves and out to the huge world.
"Harris excels at turns of phrase that make words sing out from the page. She has a knack for astutely chosen images – like eelos and teewhuppos – that help us enter the heart of the Orcadian landscape, its language, history and people. Her resonant characters stay with me – one ‘keeps spare bulbs in the fridge’, another ‘washes your drowned children’. These poems are a delight." Heidi Williamson
Lydia Harris has made her home in the Orkney island of Westray. Her first pamphlet, Glad Not To Be The Corpse, was published in 2013 by Smiths Knoll. In 2017 she held a Scottish Book TRust New Writers Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared widely in magazines. She leads workshops in Westray and is part og Westray Writers. The Westray Poetry Library, on a shelf in her porch, was officially opened in October 2018.