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Working with her childhood medical notes, Alice Hiller’s bird of winter creates a redemptive language to speak about being sexually abused by a family member. Through the excavated histories of Pompeii and Herculaneum, these poems document the grooming that prepares a child for sexual abuse, and the vulnerability which remains afterwards. A Poetry Book Society Special Commendation for Summer 2021.
Alice Hiller is a writer from London and Dieppe. She is the author of The T-Shirt Book (Ebury Press) and was the founding Reviews Editor of Harana Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry London, Stand, The Cambridge Literary Review, Magma and elsewhere.
Bloom, Sarah Westcott’s second collection, approaches the cultural and physical spaces where human and non-human lives co-exist. These poems are attuned to a tender, bleeding world in which all flesh is grass’ and language is matter. These are poems of resistance: attentive to non-human life, ‘eternal and plaintive … counter-balanced, strange.’
‘Inklings’ from Sarah Westcott’s first collection Slant Light (Pavilion Poetry) was Highly Commended in the 2017 Forward Prizes, and her debut pamphlet Inklings was the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice for Winter 2013. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Review, Magma, Poetry Wales and elsewhere.
What Fire is about how to continue as catastrophe crawls in, when the climate crisis has its grip on us all, the internet has been shut down, and the buildings are burning up. What happens when the philosophers never arrive? What songs are still worth singing? In her third collection, Alice Miller takes a fierce, unflinching look at the world we live in, at what we have made, and whether it is possible to change.
Alice Miller is the author of two poetry collections and a novel. Her collection Nowhere Nearer (Pavilion Poetry) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and her novel, More Miracle than Bird was a New York Times Book Review summer reading selection. Alice works as an editor and writer at the United Nations.