Diana Hendry, Where I Was
Diana Hendry’s Where I Was is her first pamphlet for Mariscat since her acclaimed Twelve Lilts: Psalms and Responses. This sequence of poems is a kind of ‘I remember, I remember’ portrait of the house in the Wirral where she grew up in the post-war years. The house speaks to the child and the child speaks to the house. The novelist and poet Elizabeth Cook has described the poems as ‘pungent and mysterious and deeply evocative.’
Diana Hendry has written over 40 books for children (including the Whitbread Award-winning Harvey Angell) and seven collections of poems. She lives in Edinburgh. http://www.dianahendry.co.uk
The Firth is the Firth of Tay, where John Glenday grew up and now lives again. He set out to describe this corner of Scotland but found he couldn’t get beyond Carnoustie/Monifieth and environs; the poems grew from natural focus to character focus and ended up as a sequence that talks, a little perhaps, about the people who live and lived there – his family in particular. Many of the poems are what he calls ‘worked memories’.
John Glenday is the author of four collections. Grain was short-listed for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the Ted Hughes Award. The Golden Mean won the 2016 Roehampton Poetry Prize. His Selected Poems is recently out from Picador Poets.
‘In these poems with their innate musicality, versatile verse forms and meticulous eye for detail, Imogen Forster doesn’t depict just the natural world and our place in it, but, captivatingly, the complex pattern of premonitions and propitiations that govern our lives.’ Stewart Conn
The Grass Boat is Imogen Forster’s first gathering of poems, which have appeared in many online and print publications. She has worked as a teacher, librarian, journalist and translator. She lives in Edinburgh.