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Miriam Gamble’s Memorable Holiday Poetry


Miriam Gamble

Holidays? What are they? But if you want an excellent book of poems, one that’s so good you can actually read it in the airport because it makes the outside world disappear, be silenced, my punt is Letters to the Tremulous Hand by Elizabeth Campbell, published by John Leonard Press in Australia. Her second book, Error, is another such. The only other poet I’ve managed to read in an airport is Edwin Morgan. This, I think, puts Elizabeth in good company …

Miriam Gamble was born in Brussels in 1980 and grew up in Belfast. She studied at Oxford and at Queen’s University Belfast, where she completed a PhD in contemporary British and Irish poetry. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007, and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award in 2010. Her pamphlet, This Man’s Town, was published by tall-lighthouse in 2007. Her first book-length collection, The Squirrels Are Dead, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2010 and won her a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. She lives in Glasgow, and works as a subtitler for the hard of hearing.

Elizabeth Campbell lives in Melbourne, where she was born in 1980. Much of her youth was spent with horses, in the bush of the Yarra Ranges. She still keeps a horse. A graduate in English and History, she spent several years as, variously, florist, actor, singer, shopgirl, horseriding instructor, waiter and European traveller. Since 2006 she has taught English at Eltham High School. Letters to the Tremulous Hand is her first collection.

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