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The Purpose of Your Visit

Authors: River Wolton

Published by Smith/Doorstop (The Poetry Business)

ISBN: 9781906613051

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Highly commended in The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition 2007

River Wolton grew up in London and lived in Sheffield for twenty years before moving to North Derbyshire. She works as a writer in schools, libraries and community projects, and is currently Derbyshire Poet Laureate. Her poems, non-fiction and reportage have appeared in a number of publications. She is one of six Poets With a Kick, and with them co-authored the creative non-fiction anthology, Some Girls’ Mothers (Route, 2008).

‘She explores a palpable contemporary world, tilting it to view its planes and angles. She is alert to the experience of exile and displacement … Her writing is rhythmical and confident, the details telling. River Wolton is a poet to watch.’ — Moniza Alvi

‘The winning entry [‘Everything I Know About War’] describes the agony of survivors and yet is beautiful because it is written with great care and love for the people in the poem and for the English language.’ — Adrian Mitchell, Red Pepper Poetry Competition
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