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.
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.