It’s all about our debut poetry books when it comes to events this Spring and Summer. They are all receiving great reviews (we only pick the best), clips of which are reproduced below.
Bethany W Pope will be in conversation with Richard Jenkins at The Dylan Thomas Centre on 9 May 2013, and is reading from her debut poetry collection A Radiance at the Cafe des Arts, Guildford on 18 June 2013.
Sarah Coles writes in New Welsh Review:
Pope subtly alludes to King Lear throughout to portray the complex love Ruth has for her deeply flawed father. There is even a ‘wise fool’ who appears in ‘The Altar’. In ‘Cordelia’, the mystery-loving Ruth keeps the chair – or throne – that belonged to her father and the suppurating wounds are cleansed by Pope’s pen…
… Pope’s unselfconscious language retains no anger or bitterness … [she] brings to light and life these remarkable family stories, which would probably, without her curiosity and determination have remained buried forever
Hilda Sheehan is reading at the Poetry Cafe, London on 27 April 2013 and will be launching her debut poetry collection The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood on 10 May 2013 in Swindon, as part of the Swindon Festival of Literature. Review copies have only just been posted out, but here are some delicious comments by readers
I ate your book from cover to cover and didn’t need cooking or even a sprinkle of salt. It was like three square meals by Heston Blumenthal -sublime wing-smoked bacon ice-cream in twelve textures, deep-blood forest-gateaux, larks-tongue parfait – and he did all the dishes afterwards. Cristina Newton
I think your book should definitely be issued free by the government. Rosalie Challis
Richard Thomas is reading from his debut poetry collection The Strangest Thankyou in Plymouth on 23 May and 31 May 2013.
Steve Smith writes in Reflections:
here are mermaids, good sex, and pigeons in Italy, and the obligatory poem about writing poetry. And feelings. Responses. Feeling… “the vines of the sun/ that wrap you/ whole.”
Each of these three books costs £8 plus £2 post and packaging. Buy two or more copies of any book, and post and packaging are free.