Recipient of Hay Festival Medal for Poetry.
This collection of short prose begins with a real 1945 diary kept in Burma, and Minhinnick telling stories to his mother in her care home.
It includes a series of pictures of war-stricken Baghdad, and vignettes about place and travel, dedicated to Jan Morris.
On the way we encounter a Middle East island devoted to sustainability, close ups of what clearing a family house reveals, and the writer’s intimately imagined Welsh sand dunes.
Minhinnick also watches the Stereophonics in Sydney, mourns the Golan Heights and meets a family of destitute Bedouins.
Throughout we encounter the Covid pandemic, threats of extinction, and images of post-apocalyptic life.
A breathless epic…