Huge thanks to Alyson for this thoughtful review of my forthcoming limited edition release, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. Due to the ongoing situation the book has been delayed until autumn – I’ll keep you posted.


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First off I’d like to own up and say I don’t read that much poetry – Wendy Cope and Wilfred Owen remain two of my favourites – so I don’t feel very knowledgeable about poetry and the current scene. However I do know what I like. However this collection from Maytree Press, Beekeeper by David Coldwell, which I received an e-arc to review, is very much to my liking.

Coincidentally Coldwell, like myself, lives in West Yorkshire, so I recognised the landscape he writes so vividly about in poems like ‘Out, out’ where he mentions Oxenhope and ‘Lumb Falls’ where he mentions the Calder river. I could easily imagine myself on chilly walks over those moors, sensing the mystery and history of the terrain and the echo of its ghosts walking beside me. Even the milestones become ‘changeling crayons,crumbling…’ under Coldwell’s eye and I will never look at a milestone…

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