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“Impressive mastery” – William Wootten reviewed

You_Have_a_Visitor_300_9781905208333William Wootten’s collection You Have a Visitor has been reviewed online by Jonathan Edwards.

“It is a collection in which the whole is as admirably crafted as each individual poem. … there is a great deal to admire in Wootten’s first collection. He can do lyric, narrative, darkness, joy, tradition and innovation. Most importantly, it is greatly heartening to see a new writer emerging with such commitment to the traditions of form and the musical possibilities of language.”

Read the full review on the Poetry School website

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A poem by Joanna Seldon


When I feel the conker in my pocket
I remember him. My fingers close round
Its smooth solidity. It was autumn
Then, a different autumn, but like this
One ripe with golden sunshine and its gifts.

Summer has hardened and packed tight inside
This dense, warm little parcel of the year.
And warmer still it grows in my pocket
As I fondle and turn it in the dark,
The dark resting place of my coat pocket.

So is a good life packed full of doing
That may grow warm with others, even when
The many years have turned, and darkness filled
Places where memory shone bright and strong.
I feel the conker and feel he is here.


From The Bright White Tree

Sir Anthony Seldon writes about Joanna’s life and poetry in The Daily Telegraph

The Bright White Tree

In Memoriam Joanna Seldon   August 4th 1954  — December 6th 2016

bright-white-tree-9781905208388Joanna Seldon (neé Pappworth) was brought up in South Hampstead and studied English at Oxford where she gained a high First and received her Doctorate for her work on Nathaniel Hawthorne. Her first book, By Word of Mouth, written with husband Anthony was published in 1983; Waterloo to Wellington was published in 2015; and The Whistleblower, which tells the story of the battle that her controversial father, Dr Maurice Pappworth, had with the medical establishment over experiments on human beings, will be published later this year. Joanna wrote three novels and several short stories, all of which can be found on her website. She was diagnosed with an incurable cancer in 2011, and lived with it bravely for five and a half years until her death at the end of 2016. Some of her finest poems are informed by her experience of cancer.

“There’s a sense of enjoyment in these poems, however dark sometimes the material. They are such a pleasure because they are not just full of life but somehow in among life itself.” – Peter Sansom

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