We Are All Lucky: Ben Banyard, Indigo Dreams

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Ben Banyard grew up in Solihull but now lives in Portishead, near Bristol. His work has been published widely in print and online. We Are All Lucky is his first full-length collection and follows his pamphlet Communing (Indigo Dreams, 2016).

The title of this collection was inspired by graffiti spotted by a road sign for through traffic to Bristol airport and Temple Meads railway station. It st...

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The Glass Aisle: Paul Henry, Seren

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Born in Aberystwyth, singer-songwriter and poet Paul Henry has had nine previous books of poetry published and is an established voice on the Welsh poetry circuit.

In keeping with his earlier work, music and the sea are ever present in this latest collection, as are an assembled cast of character...

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A Watchful Astronomy: Paul Deaton, Seren

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Born in London and raised in Wales, Paul Deaton’s debut collection is as much about family as it is about nature. A difficult father-son relationship is at the heart of much of what he writes about. T...

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Citizens: Ian Parks, Smokestack

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It rains in a lot of Ian Parks’ poems. I was tempted to work out the percentage.  He is writing out of South Yorkshire and the post-industrial north of England, a home I share.  Our urban landscape an...

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Swiftscape: Frances White, Seventh Quarry Press

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Frances White is a member of a poetry group that was formed by the late Aeronwy Thomas, daughter of Dylan Thomas. She grew up near London and has strong family ties in south Wales. The venues she has ...

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There are Boats on the Orchard: Maria C McCarthy, Cultured Llama

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Author, poet and editor Maria C McCarthy, winner of the Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon Trust short story award in 2015, has an MA in creative writing from the University of Kent. This  attractively pr...

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A Blade of Grass: New Palestinian Poetry, ed. by Naomi Foyle, Smokestack

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The Arab world is full of poetry, and always has been, but for most people, I suspect it’s a completely closed world. With the possible exception of Rumi, and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, badly trans...

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I'm Having the Rhyme of My Life: George Melling, Talentvine Press

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Flapjack Press, an independent publisher of north-west performance poetry and poetry theatre for adults and children, also produce collections and anthologies for schools, workshop groups, festivals a...

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Belongings: Trevor Hughes, Kingston Press

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This is not an easy review to write. Not because the poems in Trevor Hughes’ debut collection, Belongings, are “hard”, in the sense of releasing their meaning with difficulty. Not even because of the ...

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Looking South: Stuart A Paterson, Indigo Dreams

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Stuart A Paterson writes in English and his native Scots, and lives by the Solway coast in Galloway. He is a past recipient of an Eric Gregory award, in 1992, and his pamphlet collection, Border Lines...

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Basic Nest Architecture: Polly Atkin, Seren

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Polly Atkin teaches English studies at the University of Strathclyde and lives in the Lake District, an inspiration for much of her writing.  Basic Nest Architecture is her debut collection. At least ...

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Atlantic Drift: ed by James Byrne and Robert Sheppard, Arc

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Subtitled ‘An Anthology of Poetry and Poetics,’ this is an important anthology not just for the poetry in it, but for the thinking about poetry within it as well. Most people, I suspect, don’t sit dow...

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Cry Baby: Gareth Writer-Davies, Indigo Dreams

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Based in Brecon, Gareth Writer-Davies has been commended in a number of competitions, and has also been twice shortlisted for the Bridport prize. Cry Baby is his second pamphlet published by Indigo Dr...

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Missing Miles: Hannah Stone, Indigo Dreams

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Hannah Stone holds an MA in creative writing from Leeds Trinity University. Her first  collection, Lodestone, was published by Stairwell Books in 2016. She won the Poetry Business Yorkshire Poetry pri...

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Curlew Calling: edited by Karen Lloyd, Numenius Press

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The cover of this anthology of poetry, nature writing and images “in celebration of curlew” shows a distant, indistinct bird in flight, an image that is sadly appropriate.

According to the RSPB, be...

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Our Beautiful Scars: Jane Seabourne, Offa's Press

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Wolverhampton-based poet Jane Seabourne has an MA in English literature and post-graduate certificates in education and mentoring. Now a freelance writer and mentor, most of her adult life has been sp...

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