Shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2020
Winner of the Mslexia/Poetry Book Society Women's Poetry Pamphlet Prize 2019
"In Bloodlines Sarah Wimbush explores her Gypsy and Traveller heritage, conjuring the travelling life of the past, its characters, sights and sounds, and savouring its flavours and vocabulary in earthy and evocative verse." - The TLS
Bloodlines is an exploration of Sarah Wimbush's own Gypsy/Traveller heritage, a journey made by piecing together fragments of distant stories and a scattered language. Along the way, we meet people who are 'tethered to the seasons'; voices that reverberate with a sense of family and resilience, and always with that constant wonder of being part of something colourful, untamed and rare.
"There is a Romany saying, We are all one: all who are with us are ourselves; Sarah Wimbush's collection draws us into the world of Travellers with linguistic panache and delight." – David Morley
"Sarah Wimbush's exciting poetry has that rare ring of authenticity. Her language brings to life a lost world with startling vividness. It is the real thing." – Carole Bromley
"Bloodlines asserts Carroty Kate, our Jud and Lizzie's right to have their mother tongue placed among the voices of poetry." – Stuart Pickford
"A thrilling debut that kept me outdoors in the grassy world of communal lives. I love the formal dazzle and linguistic dare that spoke of defiance, survival and utter joy." – Daljit Nagra
'Late Afternoon by a Hedge' by Sarah Wimbush
'I can see Sandbeck Hall' by Sarah Wimbush
'Bloodlines' by Sarah Wimbush. Film created by Isobel Turner.