Listening to J O Morgan read from his long narrative poem, At Maldon , was an adult Jackanory moment. This work is a riff on a poem about a Viking/Anglo-Saxon battle in 991 AD. Morgan is a master storytller, he slowly builds the tension and renders the battle scenes in beautifully chilling detail.
New Writer Award Winners: Marion McCready and Kathrine Sowerby were outstanding at the Scottish Book Trust showcase event; both have surprising and fresh approaches to poetry and are names to look out for.
At the book market I fell in love with Stichill Marigold Press pamphlets. These are beautiful objects, essentially an artist’s books, made using traditional printing press methods. I purchased Twelve Sea Pictures and And For That Moment which is Leonard McDermid’s response to Edward Thomas’s Adlestrop.