Rachel Long

Book Shambles

On this episode Robin and Josie are joined by the poet Rachel Long whose debut book My Darling From the Lions has just been released. They chat about shifting from writing bad novels to good poetry, being expected to be an expert on your entire gender and race and discovering poetry on a park bench during a lunch break… Also Robin introduced Josie to some girl’s ghost story annuals from the 70s.

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Reading List

Books recommended this week include:

My Darling From the Lions by Rachel Long

The work of Michael Rosen

The work of Sylvia Plath

The poetry of Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The New Poetry edited by Al Alvarez

Love Poems by Brian Patten

The Mersey Sound by Adrian Henri, Brian Patten, and Roger McGough

The work of John Cooper Clarke

Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth by Warsan Shire

The Misty Annuals

The Bunty for Girls Annuals

The work of Caroline Bird

While I Yet Live by Gboyega Odubanjo

Doing the Most with the Least by Momtaza Mehri

Finding Home by Cecilia Knapp

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