The new collection of poetry by Leeds-based, Belfast-raised writer David Agnew is focused on neither of those cities – instead it offers up sixty poems inspired by, or written in, the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby.
The collection reads like a visit to Whitby: documenting the minutiae of moments in a day, reflecting the leisurely pace of life which can be achieved in a seaside town. Calling to mind the laconic, undemostrative style of John Hegley, readers will find David sitting on the pier, walking on the cliffs, enjoying cups of tea and the occasional cigarette, people-watching and, of course, seagull-watching – even if they don’t technically exist.
“Arresting reflections on his own journey through life.”
Christina Hardyment, The Times on Walking into Eternity
David Agnew was born in Belfast in 1944. His poems have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including the Leeds Writers Circle Anthology 2011 (Valley Press, 2011). His first collection, Walking into Eternity (2006), was followed by the book-length prose poem First I Dreamt the Journey (2008), and Belfast via Bedlam (2010). He now lives in Leeds.