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Lucy Newlyn

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ISBN: 978 1 903039 74 8
Categories: 21st Century, First Collections
Imprint: OxfordPoets
Published: May 2005
216 x 135 x 5 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • 'Ginnel' is the Northern dialect word for a passage between houses, and this closely unified sequence of poems is set in and around the ginnels of Leeds, where Lucy Newlyn grew up in the 1960s.

    Exploring the hinterlands of middle-class Headingley and working-class Meanwood, the sequence is pervaded by a sense of restlessness, of wandering between two worlds and times. Poems are constantly on the move, revisiting the places of childhood and childhood as a place. With acute particularity, they recall familiar sights and sounds, local people, favourite walks, dialect words learnt when playing out in the back streets.

    Just as ginnels intimately criss-cross the geographical terrain of Leeds, so they track the deepening of consciousness. This is poetry of firm local attachment, overlaid by a child's developing awareness of class divisions, separation, mortality and loss. The adult looks back, with a sense of exile.

    Table of Contents



    Two addresses


    Washing day

    Rag and bone man

    The attic

    Wood Lane



    August, and the hollyhocks


    The Misses Hallewell

    Last to read


    Saturday afternoon on the Ridge

    Trading conkers


    Landscape near Otley



    Juan taught me

    Playin' Out

    Meanwood ginnel

    Pig-pen at Meanwood

    Mill Pond dump


    Thornton's Arcade

    Bryan's Fish Shop

    Mr Bradshaw


    Comfortable box

    Across the street





    Penny for the guy

    Alibi, 22 November 1963

    Alma Road

    Cleo's songs

    Town Hall lions


    Grove Lane in September


    At the back

    Hide and Seek

    The bend


    Crossing the Ridge


    Lucy Newlyn was born in Uganda, grew up in Leeds, and read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is now Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University, and a Fellow of St Edmund Hall. She has published widely on English Romantic Literature, including three books with Oxford University ... read more
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