This elegiac poetry collection is haunting, harrowing and uplifting. The personal subject matter expands beyond itself into the universal. Medland’s voice is gutsy, honed and he brings back to life his beloved father in this compelling sequence. He bravely exposes a way of dealing with the shock of a cancer diagnosis and proves the human spirit can shine through in the most difficult of times.
The vignettes later in the book capturing an England that has almost vanished, are, as WS Milne, says, ‘reminiscent of Larkin’.
Stuart Medland has written two collections of poems for children, composed whilst still a primary school teacher in Norfolk. Much of his writing is inspired by natural history and a forthcoming book, Rings in the Shingle, published by Brambleby Books, is a poetic celebration of Norfolk wildlife inspired by his own photographic encounters. Stuart is a regular contributor to Agenda poetry journal.