Swimming with Jellyfish


Stuart Pickford is the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award. His first collection, The Basics, was published by Redbeck Pressin 2002 and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

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Swimming with Jellyfish charts the manoeuvrings, struggles and joys of the complex roles we find ourselves in. The poems capture shared moments found in the continuing momentum of life. Memories explored include playing football on a windy Sunday morning, throwing a frisbee in the park and swimming with jellyfish. Encounters with public figures such as Mick McManus, Ratko Mladić and Michael Collins feature, though family is often at the centre of this assured, ambitious and always entertaining new collection.