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Pippa Goldschmidt’s Holiday Poetry Reads


I’m spending the summer here at home in Edinburgh trying to finish a short story collection, and a holiday seems unlikely, at least for the next few months. I read a lot when I write, with a sort of desperation to remind myself what I should be striving towards. So, my desk is covered in all sorts of books.

On past holidays I have enjoyed Dark Matter (edited by Maurice Riordan and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and published by Calouste Gulbenkian), an anthology of poetry inspired by astronomy. It includes specially commissioned work by sixteen poets who were paired up with astronomers. Those poets have written interesting little essays on that experience (it would have been good to hear from the astronomers too).

This summer I’m looking forward to Lisa Matthews’ latest chapbook 14 (Literal Fish Press) which will be published next week. I love her collection The Deadheading Diaries (Dogeater Press) for the way it relates physical objects in disquieting images to human emotions.

Pippa Goldschmidt has just published her first novel The Falling Sky (Freight Books). Her short stories and poems have been published here and there in places such as Gutter, New Writing Scotland and the recent SF poetry anthology Where Rockets Burn Through (Penned in the Margins).

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