Winner of the 2023 International Book & Pamphlet Competition judged by Hannah Lowe

These poems of memory and girlhood are powerful evocations of the changing body and the male gaze. A raw, absurdist humour provides a sense of defiance throughout, and the tone is in turns sad, angry, rue. – Hannah Lowe

Published March 2024


Laurie Bolger stages her collection across the backdrop of the urban world – the gym, cafés, diners, pubs. This world is filled with movement and vivid imagery… There’s commentary on our times, the tragi-comic business of love, and everyday scenes of entrapment and limitation. Her work rails against sexism and body shame, and is dedicated to generations of women. – Khadija Rouf, The Friday Poem

Laurie Bolger is a London based writer and founder of The Creative Writing Breakfast Club. Her work has featured at Glastonbury, TATE, RA & Sky Arts & has appeared in The Poetry Review, The London Magazine, Moth, Magma, Crannog, Stand & Trinity College Icarus. Laurie’s writing has been shortlisted for The Bridport Prize, Live Canon, Winchester & Sylvia Plath Prizes. Her poem ‘Parkland Walk’ was awarded first place in The 2022 Moth Poetry Prize. Laurie’s latest work explores autonomy, love & her working class Irish heritage.

Additional information

Weight 0.087 kg
Dimensions 21 × 0.5 × 14.8 cm
Publication Year

March 2024


9781914914706, 9781914914713




eBook (ePub), Pamphlet