A superb collection that celebrates the hundreds of varied islands scattered off Britain and Ireland's coasts. It includes such well-known poets as John Betjeman, Tony Harrison, Kathleen Jamie and Seamus Heaney, but also many lesser known voices.
The work envelops large islands such as the Isle of Wight, as well as tiny ones such as Holy Island, and those that are remote from the north of Scotland. Here is a wide-ranging poetic response to the many offshore locales and civilisations scattered round our islands, often pinpointing a way of life quite different to that lived on the mainland.
I was better with the sound of the sea
Than with the voices of men
And in desolate and desert places
I found myself again