• Debut poetry collection from Polly Atkin: a startling new talent
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Martyn Crucefix
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<p><em>The Lovely Disciplines</em> is the new poetry collection by renowned author Martyn Crucefix. Displaying his characteristic flair, craft and intelligence, Crucefix&rsquo;s poems often begin with the visible, the tangible, the ordinary, yet through each act of attentiveness and the delicate fluidity of the language they...
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Graham Mort
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<p>Graham Mort writes beautifully about North Yorkshire, but the poems in his tenth collection, <em>Black Shiver Moss</em>, include pieces about landscapes and peoples as distant as South Africa and as close as Europe. New places are made intimate and familiar by Mort&rsquo;s vivid descriptions and evocations. Here is a...
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Martin Griffiths
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<p>In <em>Dark Land, Dark Skies</em>, astronomer Martin Griffiths subverts conventional astronomical thought by eschewing the classical naming of constellations and investigating Welsh and Celtic naming. Ancient peoples around the world placed their own myths and legends in the heavens, though these have tended to become lost...
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Rosanne Alexander
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<p>When Rosanne Alexander&rsquo;s boyfriend Mike was offered the job of warden of Skomer, a small uninhabited island off the south west tip of Wales, they had just ten days to leave college, marry (a condition of employment) and gather their belongings and provisions for the trip to the island. This was the first of many challenges...
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Kate Brown
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Dark and rich, The Women of Versailles is filled with political intrigue, sexual awakening, and the roots of revolution.&rsquo; &ndash; Peggy Riley</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;[<em>The Women of Versailles</em>] demonstrates the power of great storytelling and...
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Emily Blewitt
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Here is a riotous, cacophonous and wonderful book. Here is an important new voice in British poetry.&rsquo;<br />&ndash; Jonathan Edwards, author of <em>My Family and Other Superheroes</em>.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>This Is Not a Rescue</...
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Rhian Edwards
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<p><em>Brood</em> is the new pamphlet from poet Rhian Edwards. Winner of all three categories of Wales Book of the Year in 2013 for her debut poetry collection, <em><a href="https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/clueless-dogs">Clueless Dogs</a>,</em> Bridgend-born and based Edwards is known...
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Carolyn Jess-Cooke
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<p><strong>&lsquo;This is a truly inspiring collection, all the more so for its wit and its grit, its poetry and its honesty; here we have women producing &lsquo;good art&rsquo; despite &ndash; and often &nbsp;because of &ndash; &lsquo;the pram in the hall.&rsquo;<br />&ndash; Shelley Day</...
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Yvonne Reddick
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<p><em>Translating Mountains</em> is the Mslexia prize-winning pamphlet from Yvonne Reddick. The poems are multi-layered compositions. They tell of grief for a beloved father as well as a close friend, who both died in mountain-climbing accidents. The author&rsquo;s own love of mountaineering comes through with her vividly...
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Polly Atkin
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<p><em>Basic Nest Architecture</em>, Polly Atkin&rsquo;s first collection of poetry, marks a startling new talent. Known for a couple of prize-winning pamphlets, including her Seren/Mslexia prize-winning <em>Shadow Dispatches</em>, and her Michael Marks nominated <em>Bone Song</em>, and widely...
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Siobhán Campbell
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<p>There is a beautiful ruthlessness to the poetry of Siobhán Campbell. Her new collection, <em>Heat Signature</em>, from Seren, is composed in her characteristically spikey voice: infused with an intelligence that resists easy answers to the conundrums that have faced her Irish homeland, but also suffused with a grudging...
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Maggie Harris
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Heart-breaking and tender, Maggie Harris uses her powerful voice to explore hidden experiences&rsquo; &ndash; Disclaimer Magazine</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Maggie Harris&rsquo; stories are informed by the Caribbean, where she was born, and Britain where she has lived...
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Ian Spring
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<p>Revisiting his native city, Ian Spring&rsquo;s new book charts how it has changed over the last forty years. In <em>Real Glasgow</em> he visits the city&rsquo;s landmarks, and also his personal landmarks, overlaying the current map of Glasgow with the map in his memory.</p><p>Among the shipyards of Govan,...
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