Mary Robinson was born in Warwickshire and grew up on an isolated farm without mains electricity. She now lives near Wigton and teaches English Literature.
Her work is widely published in magazines and anthologies, and she recently won the Words by the Water/Notting Hill Editions Essay Competition. Her book The Art of Gardening (Flambard Press) begins with personal memories and goes on to explore the lives of other writers and her experiences of particular places.
“An immensely varied first collection of poems – about childhood and family, people and places, nature and memory.” Sue Allan, Cumbria Life
“Confident and engaging evocations of landscape and situation together with richly imagined historical and biographical poems. A very fine first collection.” Other Poetry
Jeremy Over was born in Leeds in 1961. He studied law at Leeds University and now lives near Cockermouth, where he works as a policy adviser for the Department for Work and Pensions. His poetry was first published in New Poetries II (Carcanet, 1999). His first collection was A Little Bit of Bread and No Cheese (Carcanet, 2001). His second collection, Deceiving Wild Creatures, was published in 2009.
“There’s a lot of fun going on in this book – even an element of music hall – and although it takes a while to get into it, the pay-off is there … You need to read quietly without preconception of what you think the poems should be doing. They are deceptive wee creatures and will surprise you.” – Helena Nelson (reviewing Deceiving Wild Creatures), Ambit