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Marsden Bay

Authors: James Kirkup

Published by Red Squirrel Press

ISBN: 9781906700034

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Red Squirrel was thrilled to be able to publish Marsden Bay, a collection of James Kirkup's recent work. As a poet, he had an international reputation, but this final collection renewed his connection with his native North-East.

"Britain's first-ever poet-in-residence - at Leeds University is 1952 - Kirkup has won numerous poetry prizes and in 1997 he was invited by the Japanese Emperor to read at the palace. How splendid, therefore, that this distinguished poet is still published in the North-East."
Northern Echo

"This is a superbly readable collection hanging meat on the bones of the passing of time."
The Crack

James Kirkup (1918 - 2009) was a prolific poet and translator. His work includes several dozen poetry collections, six volumes of autobiography and over a hundred monographs of original work and translations. He was a skilled writer of haiku and tanka. Amongst his honours, James Kirkup held the Atlantic Award for Literature from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1950, became a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1962, won the P.E.N. Club Prize for Poetry in 1965 and was awarded the Scott-Moncrieff Prize for Translation in 1992. In 1997 he was presented with the Japan Festival Foundation Award and invited by the Emperor to the New Year Poetry Reading at the Palace in Tokyo. James Kirkup lived in Andorra, until his death in May 2009.

In December 2009, Red Squirrel also reissued A Bewick Bestiary, James's 1971 collection of poems inspired by and illustrated with Bewick woodcuts.
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