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The Land That Grew Me by Mab Jones
"This is a wonderful collection of poems that draws the reader in with subtlety and playfulness. There is a beautiful economy of language as the enormity of small things is explored. Some of the poems almost feel like a conversation between the author and the reader, others are like secrets shared. They are unpretentious, never mawkish and imbued with life from beginning to end."
- Steve Denehan, author of Miles of Sky Above Us, Miles of Earth Below (Cajun Mutt Press, 2019)
‘Channelling Dylan Thomas himself, Mab Jones writes with both a longing for the traditions of her beloved country and a excitable tip to where Wales is heading. Wrought with intricate details and sweeping imagery, The Land That Grew Me is a definitive take on what it is to be a Welsh writer in the 21st century’
- Stuart Buck, author of Becoming Something Frail (Selcouth Station Press)
With language of soothing soups and throbbing hobs, Mab Jones defines herself in this collection as a mother and a city-dweller, exploring the earth delicately. “The north wasn’t made for women like me/ who can’t drive, or swim, or forget.” This is a tender collection of love and displacement; of words which roll off the tongue.
- Isabelle Kenyon, Editor of Fly on the Wall Press
About the Author
Mab Jones is a "unique talent" (The Times) who has read her work all over the UK, in the US, France, Ireland and Japan. She is winner of the John Tripp Spoken Poetry Audience Award, the Word Factory Neil Gaiman Short Story competition, the Aurora Poetry Competition, the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, and a recent Literature Matters Award from the Royal Society of Literature, amongst others. Her first collection, 'Poor Queen', was published by Burning Eye Books. Her second collection, 'take your experience and peel it', is published by Indigo Dreams. Her most recent book was a chapbook, 'Rogue 13', with Analog Press. She teaches creative writing at Cardiff University, writes for the New York Times, and has presented three poetry programmes on BBC Radio 4 and one on Radio 3. She was coordinator of International Dylan Thomas Day in 2016 & 2017 and runs new poetry and flash fiction imprint Black Rabbit Press. www.mabjones.com
Page numbers: 24
Publication date: April 2020
Cover art & design: Lewis Jenkins