The Night Trotsky Came to Stay


The Night Trotsky Came to Stay was shortlisted for the 2008 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the overall winner in the 2006 Book & Pamphlet Competition.

The nub of Allison McVety’s poems is family history, learnt from her mother’s lap: a father in Special Operations during World War II, tales of telegrams and de-mobs, an uncle dragging the docks for bodies, abused wives and loving, dancing couples. Magical, intriguing stories, which nurtured and fostered her imagination.

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Allison McVety’s The Night Trotsky Came to Stay won the Poetry Business International Book and Pamphlet Competition in 2006, judged by Vivki Feaver. It was shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize, and enthusiastic reviews identified her as one of the most talented and engaging of recent writers. Allison was shortlisted for the inaugural MMU Poetry Prize in 2008 and has published a further outstanding collection in 2010, Miming Happiness.