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Poets and Poetry: Liverpool, Merseyside and North West -

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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 36 books in this booklist

This list represents some of the books on this subject that we have had in our shop - but there will be many more that we can order for you!

  • Cover image of book The Well at Winter Solstice by Eleanor Rees
    The Well at Winter Solstice - by Eleanor Rees

    £9.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781784631840 | ISBN 10: 1784631841

    These are the voices of those who are silent: in the graveyards, holy wells, the river, the changing tides. A ghostly choir of lost children, hermits, lovers and rough sleepers, serving maids and sailor boys, saints and hermaphrodites resounding thro ... more

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  • Cover image of book Cosmocartography by Ciarán Hodgers
    Cosmocartography - by Ciarán Hodgers

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781911570530 | ISBN 10: 1911570536

    Cosmocartography is the debut poetry collection from multi-awardwinning Irish poet Ciarán Hodgers. It investigates a wide range of personal experiences, challenges what it means to belong and documents the journeys we take to understand ourselves, t ... more

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  • Cover image of book An Atlantic Light by Tony Wailey
    An Atlantic Light - by Tony Wailey

    £6.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780992896270 | ISBN 10: 0992896274

    The long poem in this collection concerns the snooker player, Alex Higgins, the footballer George Best and the boxer Johnny Caldwell. All died of drink, all died in poverty, whether relative or acute, all came from a city in one country and all found ... more

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  • Cover image of book Lands by Jemima Khalli
    Lands - by Jemima Khalli

    £6.00      (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781533099006 | ISBN 10: 1533099006

    The debut poetry collection from Jemima Khalli, a writer from Liverpool whose work explores blackness, femininity and cultural identity. ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Story Chair by Gerry Potter
    The Story Chair - by Gerry Potter

    £9.00   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780993237096 | ISBN 10: 0993237096

    "The Vacant Chair echoes throughout my life. They're vibrant, mystical, time-travelling things, telling tales of the end of lives, of invisible families, of no-longer friends, half-written legendary lovers. Story chairs indeed."   In his sixt ... more

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  • Cover image of book Black Book: An Anthology, 2003-2015 by Ian D. Hall
    Black Book: An Anthology, 2003-2015 - by Ian D. Hall

    £7.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781530539062 | ISBN 10: 1530539064

    An anthology of work collected from the writing and performances of poetry by Ian D. Hall.   Liverpool has always nurtured distinctive voices in its poetry, music and art. In this collection, Ian Hall - poet, performer, reviewer of film, theat ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Alexandra Sequence by John Redmond
    The Alexandra Sequence - by John Redmond

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781784102043 | ISBN 10: 1784102040

    In The Alexandra Sequence John Redmond views contemporary urban life through the suggestive prism of the ‘mummers play’, a seasonal British folk-theatre staged in the streets and door-to-door. The book’s title takes its name from an area of Liv ... more

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  • Cover image of book New and Selected Poems by Paul Birtill
    New and Selected Poems - by Paul Birtill

    £10.00   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781905082742 | ISBN 10: 1905082746

    Birtill covers his favourite themes of death, relationships and mental illness with his usual brand of dark humour and deep-veined irony - definitely not for the faint-hearted. "Packed with short, sharp, witty and irreverant observations."(John He ... more

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  • Cover image of book Distant Voices: Iceland, Norway, Viking Merseyside by Sylvia Hikins
    Distant Voices: Iceland, Norway, Viking Merseyside - by Sylvia Hikins

    £4.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780956307194 | ISBN 10: 0956307191

    Sylvia Hikins is a poet, painter, author and music maker who has appeared widely on the poetry circuits, including the Edinburgh Fringe and has broadcast on radio and television. For seven years presenter of First Friday on BBC Radio Merseyside, she ... more

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  • Cover image of book Kaleidoscope by Laura Taylor
    Kaleidoscope - by Laura Taylor

    £8.00   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780993237058 | ISBN 10: 0993237053

    Laura Taylor was born into a working-class family in the North of England in 1968. She has challenged arbitrary forms of authority all her life. Obsessed with words and language since her early childhood, she believes in the power of poetry as a mean ... more

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  • Cover image of book Scent: The Complete Works of Dinesh Allirajah by Dinesh Allirajah
    Scent: The Complete Works of Dinesh Allirajah - by Dinesh Allirajah

    £15.99   hardback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781910974261 | ISBN 10: 1910974269

    Before his untimely death at the age of 47, Dinesh Allirajah was one of the most versatile and accomplished writers working in the North of England. Whether as a performance poet, literary critic, wry social commentator or masterfully understated sho ... more

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  • Cover image of book Eidolon by Sandeep Parmar
    Eidolon - by Sandeep Parmar

    £8.95   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781848613928 | ISBN 10: 184861392x

    Partly a modern revision of the Helen myth, Eidolon meditates on the visible and invisible forces of Western civilisation from classical antiquity to present-day America.   An Eidolon is an image, a ghost, a spectre, a scapegoat. It is a devi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Rupture by Ellen Storm
    Rupture - by Ellen Storm

    £8.00   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780957257153 | ISBN 10: 0957257155

    Ellen Storm's dazzling first collection of poetry explores medical experience from different perspectives - that of a doctor reporting with candour and compassion, at home and abroad; that of a daughter accompanying the decline of an ageing parent; a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Blood Child by Eleanor Rees
    Blood Child - by Eleanor Rees

    £9.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781781381809 | ISBN 10: 1781381801

    In her third full-length collection Blood Child, Eleanor Rees hones and extends her startling use of language and imagery to enact the many aspects of change fleeting, elusive or moored in a negotiation of the material world as she roams through th ... more

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  • Cover image of book As Far As I Know by Roger McGough
    As Far As I Know - by Roger McGough

    £8.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780241962275 | ISBN 10: 0241962277

    As Far As I Know is a wonderful new book of poems by Roger McGough, the nation's favourite poet.  Take comfort from this You have a book in your hand not a loaded gun or a parking fine or an invitation card to the wedding of the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Burying the Wren by Deryn Rees-Jones
    Burying the Wren - by Deryn Rees-Jones

    £8.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781854115768 | ISBN 10: 1854115766

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 TS ELIOT PRIZE  Poetry Book Society Recommendation Autumn 2012  In Burying the Wren Deryn Rees-Jones returns to familiar preoccupations but with a new clarity and maturity of vision. With intense lyricism she ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Men Pomes by Gerry Potter
    The Men Pomes - by Gerry Potter

    £8.50   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780957014107 | ISBN 10: 0957014104

    "Is there a time somewhere I don't know Where The Man stood alone Atop his ivory tower and declared to the world That his voice Would be the only voice obeyed? In that same time-space I don't know, Did all the other men agree?"(Fro ... more

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  • Cover image of book Collected Poems by Matt Simpson
    Collected Poems - by Matt Simpson

    £12.50   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781907356223 | ISBN 10: 1907356223

    The widely-admired poet, Matt Simpson, was born in Bootle in 1936. After studying English at Cambridge University, he returned to his native city with his German-born wife, and apart from one brief break in 1995, when he was Writer-in-Residence to Ar ... more

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  • Cover image of book That Awkward Age by Roger McGough
    That Awkward Age - by Roger McGough

    £8.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780141042022 | ISBN 10: 0141042028

    'From laundrettes to contact lenses, Paul McCartney's trousers to plane crashes, McGough guides us through the pitfalls and idiosyncrasies of our illogical and unexciting lives, and finds the humour and drama hidden within. This new collection has a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Light Made Solid by Ben Mellor
    Light Made Solid - by Ben Mellor

    £7.50   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780955509285 | ISBN 10: 0955509289

    Poet and performer, theatre-maker and activist, Ben Mellor was the BBC Radio4 Poetry Slam champion 2009. Bristling with the wit and wisdom and the energy he brings to the stage, Light Made Solid is his debut collection for the page and features many ... more

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  • Cover image of book Journeys by Sylvia Hikins
    Journeys - by Sylvia Hikins

    £5.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780956307149 | ISBN 10: 0956307140

    Sylvia Hikins has been making poems since she was twelve. That, and other things. Having produced three children, she then went back to school to read her degree. This led to a career in lecturing and management in further and higher education and va ... more

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  • Cover image of book Planet Middle Age by Gerry Potter
    Planet Middle Age - by Gerry Potter

    £7.50   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780955509278 | ISBN 10: 0955509270

    Picking up from where his previous collection Planet Young leaves off, Gerry's second instalment of autobiographical poetry intimately explores his own love, grief, friendships, family and journey into Planet Middle Age.  It's a journey with jo ... more

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  • Cover image of book In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works by John Lennon
    In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works - by John Lennon

    £12.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780099530428 | ISBN 10: 0099530422

    A riotous collection of John Lennons poems, stories and drawings.  With an introduction by Sir Paul McCartney.   First published in 1964 and 1965, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works are a brilliantly inventive and offbeat co ... more

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  • Cover image of book Planet Young by Gerry Potter
    Planet Young - by Gerry Potter

    £8.50   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780955509230 | ISBN 10: 0955509238

    "Light years shine heavy in maverick landscapes Of lazy days and jewelled summers. They Doctor Who and Rock Folly. Meandering travellers lurk languidly in time. Philandering rhymes chock-a-block and scissor-kiss A cock-eyed melancholy. ... more

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  • Cover image of book Eliza and the Bear by Eleanor Rees
    Eliza and the Bear - by Eleanor Rees

    £12.99   hardback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781844715664 | ISBN 10: 1844715663

    Eleanor Reess first collection, Andrastes Hair was shortlisted for Best First Collection in the 2007 Forward Prizes and for the 2008 Glen Dimplex Poetry Award. In her second full-length collection she continues to play the role of mythologiser and ... more

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  • Cover image of book Waiting for the Brown Trout God by Pauline Rowe
    Waiting for the Brown Trout God - by Pauline Rowe

    £7.95   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781902096636 | ISBN 10: 1902096630

    This is an awaited first full collection by Pauline Rowe. Her poems offer a series of elegies for lost love, for lost innocence, for the mad and the sad and those displaced by the cruelties of contemporary life. The confessional edge to these poems c ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Gallery To Play To: The Story of the Mersey Poets by Phil Bowen
    A Gallery To Play To: The Story of the Mersey Poets - by Phil Bowen

    £15.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781846311253 | ISBN 10: 184631125x

    In the summer of 1967, Tony Richardson of Penguin Books took a chance. Then its Poetry Editor, he devoted number ten of the highly prestigious Penguin Modern Poets series to three unknown and relatively unpublished young writers from Liverpool. The b ... more

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  • Cover image of book Tall Ships Returning: Poems for Liverpool 08 European Capital of Culture by Jeffrey Walsh
    Tall Ships Returning: Poems for Liverpool 08 European Capital of Culture - by Jeffrey Walsh

    £3.95   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780955916700 | ISBN 10: 0955916704

    This volume of thirty or so poems, Tall Ships Returning, celbrates Liverpool's achievement in being recognised as European Capital of Culture; it is written in a positive spirit, paying tribute to the city's people, its history and culture.  ... more

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  • Cover image of book Tilt by Jean Sprackland
    Tilt - by Jean Sprackland

    £12.00   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780224080866 | ISBN 10: 0224080865

    Jean Sprackland's third collection describes a world in free-fall. Chaos and calamity are at our shoulder, in the shape of fire and flood, ice-storm and hurricane; trains stand still, zoos are abandoned, migrating birds lose their way - all surfaces ... more

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  • Cover image of book Song of the Butcher Bird by Gladys Mary Coles
    Song of the Butcher Bird - by Gladys Mary Coles

    £7.00   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781873226872 | ISBN 10: 187322687x

    In her tenth collection, Gladys Mary Coles brings together her poems about war and its effects major themes throughout her work. She ranges across the centuries, from the Roman invasion of Britain to the 2005 terrorist bombings in London, with a sp ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Mersey Sound by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten
    The Mersey Sound - by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten

    £9.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780141189260 | ISBN 10: 0141189266

    First published in 1967, The Mersey Sound is a landmark in British poetry, being one of the bestselling poetry anthologies of all time.Innovative in both form and style, Henri, McGough and Patten revolutionized the traditional boundaries of poetry, ... more

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  • Cover image of book Collected Love Poems by Brian Patten
    Collected Love Poems - by Brian Patten

    £10.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780007246496 | ISBN 10: 0007246498

    Acknowledged as one of Britain's foremost poets, Brian Pattern's love poems have earned him recognition far and wide. Truthful and tender, profoundly aware of the possibility of magic and the miraculous, these poems capture both the joys and the sadn ... more

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  • Cover image of book Said and Done: The Autobiography by Roger McGough
    Said and Done: The Autobiography - by Roger McGough

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780099478751 | ISBN 10: 0099478757

    Roger McGough is one of Britain's best-loved poets, whose humour, distinctive voice, and sharp eye for the idiosyncrasies of everyday life, have made him a household name both as a poet and a broadcaster. 1967 saw not only the publication of The Mer ... more

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  • Cover image of book From the Page to the Stage by Levi Tafari
    From the Page to the Stage - by Levi Tafari

    £7.50   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9781902096971 | ISBN 10: 1902096975

    Levi Tafari's new collection follows the success of his previous book, Rhyme Don't Pay. There is an engaging humour, variety and vitality in his poetry, whether writing of love of various kinds or his concern for society and the environment. Levi is ... more

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  • Cover image of book Selected Poems by Roger McGough
    Selected Poems - by Roger McGough

    £8.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780141023229 | ISBN 10: 0141023228

    This is an updated selection of Roger McGough's finest, best-loved verse. The complete span of McGough's writing, from the 1960s to the new millennium, is represented here. "McGough's trademarks: the craft worn as lightly as the crown, the jokes that ... more

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  • Cover image of book Collected Poems by Roger McGough
    Collected Poems - by Roger McGough

    £10.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780141014555 | ISBN 10: 0141014555

    Collected Poems brings together forty years of poetry from Britain's favourite wordsmith in one volume for the first time. From the quintessential 1960s poems 'Let Me Die a Youngman's Death' and 'Summer with Monika' to the recent tender poems of fat ... more

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