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Night Orders

Authors: Jean McNeil

Published by Smith/Doorstop (The Poetry Business)

ISBN: 9781906613396

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In 2005-6 Jean McNeil spent three months in the Antarctic as the recipient of the British Antarctic Survey/Arts Council of England International Fellowships to write a contemporary literary novel set in the Antarctic, published as The Ice Lovers (2009). This collection of poems and photographs also comes from her visit.

Vivid, immediate, these poem-sequences are 'verbal photographs of essentially mysterious places', where the 'polar night teaches that to know light you must also know darkness'. In Night Orders the novelist's eye for telling detail marries with a keen ear for patterns of sound. McNeil's often daring imagery and willingness to trust the music of poetry is perfectly suited to her task of mapping in language these extraordinary worlds.

"A sharp, unarguable talent."
New York Times Book Review

Jean McNeil is originally from Nova Scotia, but has lived in London for twenty years. She is the author of four novels and a collection of short fiction; her novel Private View was nominated for Canada’s premier literary award, the Governor General’s, in 2003. In 2010 she was a Mellon Foundation scholar at the University of Cape Town. She teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and at Birkbeck College in London.
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