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The Things You Leave Behind

Authors: Jenny Lindsay

Published by Red Squirrel Press

ISBN: 9781906700386

£6.99
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Jenny Lindsay's poetry reflects a deep-seated unease at contemporary attitudes towards poverty, politics and social alienation, as well as combining humour, satire and hope to dispel the myth that 'there is no alternative' to the way we currently live.

From the hopeful love poetry of 'Definitions to the dark', sardonic humour of 'Jumper On The Bridge', this debut collection draws from the wide range of material written in the last eight years by one of Scotland's leading performance poets.

"Jenny Lindsay's poetry rages bitterly against all that is shallow, disposable and hypocritical in modern life, but is also too self-aware, too full of hope, humanity and humour, to slip into cynicism or po-faced self-righteousness. As she writes in one of the poems here, 'I have to believe in a better world, even if I have to live in this one.' And she does, defiantly, eloquently and inspiringly."
Andrew Eaton, The Scotsman

Jenny Lindsay was born in Glasgow in 1982 and grew up in Maybole, South Ayrshire. She moved to Edinburgh at 17 and worked in a variety of jobs, including door-to-door saleswoman, charity fundraiser, call centre worker and minimum-wage waitress. She started performing poetry in 2002, and has appeared at a variety of different events, festivals and cabarets including the Edinburgh Fringe, Latitude, Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
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