Published by Cinnamon Press
Caroline Davies’ debut collection was inspired by the experiences of her grandfather, James ‘Jim’ Honeybill, a merchant seaman in the Malta convoys of the Second World War.
The poems dramatically document the Navy’s attempts to resupply the Mediterranean island, suffering severe losses at the hands of the German blockade. Beginning with the image of her mother as a child who has come to see her naval father as a stranger, the poems continue on to the voices of the men aboard the M.V. Ajax, fighting to get through against all odds, and making the greatest sacrifice of all. Skilfully incorporating a wealth of found material, recordings and interviews, this narrative poetry sequence captures a slice of history with visceral clarity.
Caroline Davies was born in Norfolk to Welsh parents. Her poem ‘At Sea’ won an Honorary Mention in the 2011 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition. Caroline works for the Open University and lives near Leighton Buzzard.