Leontia flynn, nina simone is singing
New poems from one of Northern Ireland’s most important voices. Flynn’s cool way with the inflammatory, her subtle exploration of public and private domains, her wide cultural and geographical range (with danger never very far away) make this a must-read collection.
Leontia Flynn has published four collections with Jonathan Cape, most recently The Radio (2017), which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and which won the Irish Times Poetry Prize. She is Reader at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, and lives in Belfast.
This is Christine De Luca’s first full collection for some time and, as Tom Pow notes on the cover, ‘is alive with outward-looking, generous poems’ both in English and Shetlandic, her mother tongue.
Christine De Luca lives in Edinburgh and was the city’s Makar from 2014 to 2017.
‘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.