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Primitive Cartography

Primitive Cartography

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In 2011 the poet Paul Summers moved with his wife and their two young children from Tyneside to Queensland, Australia.

Exchanging the cold North-East for bougainvillea, kookaburras and cane toads, Summers started mapping the emotional geography of his new world. The result is primitive cartography, a book about living under strange stars and learning the language of sunlight.

Paul Summers was born in Blyth, Northumberland in 1967. A founding editor of the magazines Billy Liar and Liar Republic, he has written extensively for TV, film, radio and the theatre. Previous books include Cunawabi, The Rat’s Mirror, The Last Bus, Beer & Skittles, Vermeer’s Dark Parlour, Big Bella’s Dirty Cafe, Dreams Days Break Portfolio (with photographer David Gray), Three Men on the Metro (with Andy Croft and Bill Herbert) and union: new and selected poems.