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How Time is in Fields (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2019)
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This collection explores the way place contains all times, as well as traces of our recognisable predecessors. There’s a lot of walking in this book, and an alertness to our shared space – with other lives, other creatures, other centuries. The round of the year is divided into the Old English months, reflecting shifts of folklore, season and state of mind.
“How rife they are in the lost places’, writes Jean Atkin of nettles. How rife is Atkin’s sharpened imagination in this intelligent, alert and brilliantly-wrought collection, in which the lost and invisible places of human history and the natural world are brought to teeming life.”
Poems from Jean’s residency at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, with photographs by Andrew Fusek Peters.
‘These poems cross land and time in the same step… their craft takes the reader close to the land and the labour upon which, despite all our forgetting, we still depend”.
Dr Gregory Leadbetter
“It is impossible to praise this first full collection highly enough. These are poems of great imaginative resonance, the work of a woman very close to life, able to feel the life of a house, listening to its past. In ‘O you angels, who guard the people’ (a line from Hildegard of Bingen), she tells us how she would ‘cajole deep memories out of walls: / calls, cries and prayers soaked into stone. / The ghosts walking, lifting latches.”
Anna Crowe, reviewing in The Dark Horse Spring/Summer 2013.
“In poems that flow naturally but strongly, Atkin repositions humanity in relation to the land. She takes us into a far less familiar and more dangerous place – and it is that ‘feel for what’s not there’, for something beyond ourselves, that elevates this poetry and deepens our experience.”
Stuart B. Campbell, review in Northwords Now Summer 2013
“The first thing to note about her poems is their specificity. Whether it is the places of her childhood, or the rough seascapes of the northern isles, they are all recreated with precision and a vivid turn of phrase. Secondly, there is their brevity; this contributes to their memorability. Thirdly, there is their historical sense: fact and myth are blended into coherent wholes. There is a real consistency in this collection.
For those who like landscape, weather and a sense of the past, this book comes highly recommended. And her Roncadora Press pamphlets come in delectable editions which could soon become collectors’ items.”
John Killick, reviewing in The North, No. 50.
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The Crow House (Biscuit Tin Press 2013)
£8 + £1.50 p&p
Time travel was never this inconvenient – or terrifying…
The Crow House is old.
It has unsafe secrets and doors that aren’t like other doors.
“I read this to my class of 10-11 year olds and they were thoroughly gripped throughout. The atmosphere is compelling from the outset and there’s a memorably terrifying villain. Highly recommended.”
Amazon review 3.1.13
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The Henkeeper’s Almanac (Biscuit Tin Press 2013) is an artists’ book. It contains a poem and a painting for each month of the year.
The notion hatched as poet Jean Atkin prepared to leave twelve years of henkeeping on a smallholding and asked artist Pamela Grace to work with her to record it, in all its weathers and feathers.
£8.50 + £1.50 p&p Currently out of print
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‘The Dark Farms’ (Roncadora Press 2012) is a short collection of poetry about the abandoned byres and dark skies of the Galloway Forest. ‘ Jean Atkin’s beautifully crafted poems evoke the traditions and relics of human work as well as this dramatic, marginal landscape.’
£8 + £1.50 p&p
‘Lost at Sea’ (Roncadora Press 2011) shortlisted for the Callum MacDonald Prize 2011.
… and ‘The Treeless Region’ (Ravenglass Poetry Press 2010), winner of the Ravenglass Poetry Press Competition 2010, judged by John Burnside.
£8 + £1.50 p&p Currently out of print