Julia Webb‘s new collection Bird Sisters has just been published by Nine Arches Press and is our book choice for November. we’ll meet in the main bar of the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow at 7pm on Wednesday 23rd November. All welcome; discussion informal. Hope to see you there.
Praise for Bird Sisters:
‘Glittering and shadowy, the ‘magic’ of this first collection is anchored in the ‘real’ of nylon sheets, a rented TV, Thetford Forest… Its language is spare and supple, wry, and can stun with such transformations as “a baby dandled on the knee of the sea” (‘Quiet Man Norfolk’) and “Water held a knife to the throat of the village” (‘Water’). Beset by the dark instability of a particular family’s life, Bird Sisters exerts a powerful hold, as if to read it is to be haunted by things one half-remembers.’ – Moniza Alvi
‘There is something both comforting and predatory about the sisters that keep reappearing in Julia Webb’s first collection. It is a visceral world they inhabit where people and animals partake of each other’s existence through constant metamorphosis. Everyday life is full of demons and, as the father in one of the poems has it, THE DEVIL’S WORK. All is strange or estranged in fact, but it is articulated in poems of supple inventive concentration. In that sense Bird Sisters is a book that casts deep shadows.’
– George Szirtes