Fay Thomas, a poet with writer's block, becomes a murder suspect after she stumbles over the body of her husband's former lover, Mara, as she runs one morning in a local cemetery. Set in a year when Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations for the Year of the Horse, Fay slowly begins to find her own voice as her poems become interspersed with the narrative. With the help of her friend Erica, trailed by a bewildered policeman and haunted by a ghostly figure, she tracks the killer through the docklands of Liverpool, before the final dramatic showdown in Chinatown.
"Deryn Rees-Jones proves herself to be a fascinating and compelling poet.. There are two main strengths to this poetry, which endlessly repays attention by providing fresh nuances of seeing: the ability of Deryn Rees-Jones to manage a wide emotional range, and her fluidity of meaning."
"Rees-Jones is a joy to read because she stands for life"
Deryn Rees-Jones was educated at the University of Wales, Bangor, and Birkbeck College, London. She is an Eric Gregory Award winner, and The Memory Tray was shortlisted for a Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. In 1996 she received an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award. She lives in Liverpool, where she lectures at the University of Liverpool.