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Dropped into the Scottish Poetry Library to pick up a couple of the books on the shortlist for the Forward best first collection prize. I’ve decided to focus on that prize because of the stage I’m at in my own publishing history. Frances Leviston‘s and Andrew Forster‘s books were the only two from the list on the shelves, so I’ve come away with them.

They’ll have to wait a little, however, until I’m finished Window for a Small Blue Child by Gerrie Fellows. It’s a cracking book. I knew it would be good because I heard Gerrie read from it when we appeared together for the Poetry Association of Scotland last year, but I’m enthralled by its power and lyricism and I’m enjoying it hugely. Get your hands on it.

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