By Jen Hadfield
Cover of Nigh-no-place



Features the liturgy of a poet passionately aware of the natural world. This book tells about the author's travel across Canada with a ravenous appetite for new landscapes. It tells that it is in Shetland that she becomes acutely aware of her own voice - her fluency and tongue-tiedness; repetition, hiatus and breath.

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'A zestful poet of the road, a beat poet of the upper latitudes, Jen Hadfield conjures poems and prose-poems of great spirit and imaginative daring from the northern landscapes. Lively, youthful and full of the joy of language, Almanacs is the most refreshing debut for ages' - Kathleen Jamie. 'There's barely a poem that does not contain a treasurably offbeat image...the vivid exuberance of her language wins you over' - Sarah Crown, Guardian. 'Fresh, original, perceptive' - Anne Donovan, Scotsman (Books of the Year) 'A quick mind abroad alone in the ever-changing natural landscape. The language country-rooted, specific, of clear observation: a sophisticated, refreshing country brew'- Tom Leonard.

Author Biography

Jen Hadfield lives in Shetland where she works as a poet, writing tutor, artist and sometimes shop assistant. Her first collection Almanacs (Bloodaxe Books, 2005) won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, which enabled her to begin writing Nigh-No-Place in Canada. She recently received a Dewar Award to produce a solo exhibition of Shetland ex-votos in the style of sacred Mexican folk art, incorporating rubrics of very short fiction. She plays the mandolin and banjo-mandolin badly. Nigh-No-Place (Bloodaxe Books, 2008) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.