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Latest acquisitions March 2019

What has been added to our collection this month? Here are a few highlights:

Interlude / Iris Colomb
London : Iris Colomb, 2018

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This “interlingual and interactive poem object” by artist-poet Colomb consists of two miniature scrolls of adjectives and two sets of ‘instructions’, listing possibilities for reading, performing and experiencing. Presented in its own box, the piece looks like a cream-coloured battery and offers itself  “To be read by readers who haven’t met [...] To be read with the same words in both languages at the same time.”

Dialysis Days / poems by Hugo Williams
London : Grey Suit Editions, 2018

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Ahead of his new Faber collection Lines off which is due in June 2019, Hugo Williams gives us a flavour of what’s to come with this pamphlet of 19 poems. With his usual directness and wry humour, Williams writes of his days of dialysis waiting for a liver transplant: “For the first time in my life /  I have a regular job to go. / Not a very good one perhaps…”  This is as much a celebration of a leaky NHS, “The doctor takes another sip / from his leaking coffee cup / and sets it down on my assessment form”, as a cleareyed account of serious illness, “No more getting better. / No more waking up one morning / feeling like your old self again”, and is the latest in a series of beautifully produced poetry pamphlets from North London press Grey Suit Editions

For you are a Kenyan child / Kelly Cunnane ; art by Ana Juan
London : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006

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Spend a whole day with a young Kenyan child in this gorgeously illustrated picture book which includes some Swahili words and a simple glossary. Herd cows for your grandmother, meet the village chief, play with friends and chase monkeys until finally you fall asleep next to Mama, exhausted and happy, at bedtime!

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And click here to see children collections and anthologies added in February.