Laureate’s Choice 2018 Collection
Hera Lindsey Bird – Pamper me to Hell and Back
Love, death, Bruce Willis, public urination, being a woman, love, The Nanny, love. This pamphlet of poetry by Hera Lindsay Bird is a startling departure from her bestselling debut Hera Lindsay Bird by defying convention and remaining exactly the same, only worse. This collection, which focuses on love, childish behaviours, 90’s celebrity references and being a woman, is sure to confirm all your worst suspicions and prejudices.
Natalie Burdett – Urban Drift
This first pamphlet by the West Midlands poet Natalie Burdett explores the delicate negotiations through which we relate to place and those around us. ‘Bobhowler’ highlights the power of language in unearthing forgotten experience. These tender but insightful poems explore what it means to be human, challenge expectations, and celebrate the hidden beauty and grace of the modern urban world. ‘Birmingham’ is an affecting love poem addressed to the city that is ‘blossoming new curves’. Rich in detail and with a distinctive musicality, you’ll be keen to return to these poems, and be rewarded by their depth of intelligence and heart.
John Fennelly – Another Hunger
Rich and haunting poems that contemplate the risks and chances taken in life and love. Memories of a London-Irish childhood, explorations of the past, regret and loss, even stark confrontations with pain and mortality, celebrate and affirm through their alchemy of language and wit.
Keith Hutson – Troupers
Troupers pays tribute to not only the stars of Music Hall and Variety, but also the forgotten artistes who were beloved in their time by the nation. Acts like Macauley’s Leaping Infants, The Bryn Pugh Sponge Dancers, Willy Netta’s Singing Jockeys and many more are revived to be celebrated again. We see the lives they lived, the routines they performed, and their relevance to us all, as people, today.