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The Northumborman by Fred Reed CONNECTOMICS by Alison Calder Cornershop Cowgirl by Alison Carr

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The Northumborman by Fred Reed

Fred Reed died in 1985 leaving a rich legacy of his native Northumbrian verse.>Since his death his reputation has grown. He's been called 'the English Burns', and his work has been compared to that of MacDiarmid.

Here, the poetry - with its fiercely optimistic heartbeat in contrast to much of modern poetry's fashionable bleakness - is collected in one volume for the first time, with a foreword by Melvyn Bragg

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CONNECTOMICS by Alison Calder

The new collection from Winnipeg poet Alison Calder are subtitled 'poems of the brain'. They bring together art and neuroscience in a highly unusual way. As Professor Raymond Tallis says in his foreword;

The wonderfully articulated, poised, often epigrammatic poems in Alison Calder's CONNECTOMICS - picking up glints from the cutting edge of neuroscience - are so beguiling. She asks us to look at our brains (and implicitly ourselves and our lives, our forgotten and remembered pasts) through the lens of bioscience refracted in turn through the mind of the poet. They are playful, witty, wry and often poignant.

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Cornershop Cowgirl by Alison Carr

Alison Carr's unusual collection links the culture of the USA's wild west with the post-industrial blight of the contemporary North East of England, especially Teesside.

This unique amalgam of cultural and social references produces a diverse mix of poetry from a distinctive new voice.

Reach for the Sky

Blood stone canyon
Red sand
Reflecting hot the sun
The sliver of snake skin in the dust, Survival.

Even the Charity shops have shut.

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SHTUM: The Stutter Poems

David Bateman's informative, humorous and at times moving collection of poems about a lifetime spent as a stutterer. Written with wit, technical skill and a personal knowledge of the subject matter, SHTUM explores stammering not just as a communication blockage, but also in its other aspects including stigma, bullying, isolation and avoidance.

"Speaking as a one-time stammerer, I find these poems painfully effective."

Neil Astley, editor, Bloodaxe Books

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