Snig – poems by David Underdown

 ‘Damage and loss resonate through Snig in quietly devastating details … Underdown finds restoration in attentiveness to the shared world in which we make our home … precise, observant poems’.

Judith Willson

‘a multifarious collection which takes you from the sluicing tides of Crosby Beach to a sequence of Shakespeare’s women … rich and varied … will take you to unexpected and memorable places.

John Foggin

To buy a copy of David Underdown’s new collection, go to the Calder Valley poetry Bookshop page –

Lure, by Alison Lock

From Caroline Gill’s poetry blog:

Lure, published by Calder Valley Poetry, is described by Cathy Galvin on the back as Alison Lock‘s ‘liminal journey’ in and through a landscape of mud, rock and water. Alison wrote the poems during a spell of recovery from a very serious accident that occurred in this beautiful but bleak setting of hills and watercourses. The narrative may be dark in places, and while the poet’s approach reveals the tenacity of the human spirit, her language sparkles with the lustre of a Yorkshire river on a crisp and chilly morning.   

Zoom Launch of ‘Low Tide’, poems by Natalie Rees

Wednesday, 7 October at 7.30 pm.

Meeting ID: 864 5807 0558
Passcode: 200342

Filled with unforgettable lines, a wry humour and keen and exact observations, these poems range far and wide in their explorations of female desire and sexuality.  In her examination of an unusual childhood, Rees refuses to look away from the difficult truth of how darkness and love can coexist.
                                                                                                                  Kim Moore

In this impressive debut, startling images and dream-like narratives drift across the page, never quite settling. Natalie Rees has an original voice and an unflinching gaze. Themes embracing relationships, childhood trauma, and recovery are navigated with skill, elegance, and wit. There’s potency in what’s left unsaid, in the hesitancy of a line-break, the held breath of white space.

Ian Humphreys

The poems in Low Tide pick their way through a minefield of ideals and ideas about the body, gender, family and faith; addressing themselves to lovers, a husband, preachers, the language of the Bible, the German language of a mother, the dead, the emergency services and, in one of its most brilliant poems, Laura Ingalls.  Low Tide faces up to the world. It is powerful work, a poetry of becoming.
                                                                                                                John McAuliffe