New and Recent Poetry from the North: Spring 2024

Poetry lovers, find a new collection to feast on this spring! Senior Programme Manager Will Mackie has handpicked some of the best new and upcoming writing this season from talented poets in the North.

Slip by Northern Writers’ Award-winner Amelia Loulli will be published by Cape in late May. This fearless and honest debut collection is made up of exquisitely forged and engaging poems about the experience of abortion. Amelia Loulli is a wonderful and accomplished poet whose work feels intimate and clear-sighted, even when approaching the territory of despair.

Rachael Allen’s second collection, God Complex (Faber), is an ambitious and immersive narrative poem that merges a relationship breakdown with the tracing of ecological deterioration and decline. Rachael was a Northern Writers’ Award winner in 2017.

Rachel Mann is a poet, broadcaster and priest based in Manchester whose new collection, Eleanor Among the Saints (Carcanet) is a PBS Recommendation. The collection tells the story of Eleanor Rykener, a medieval seamstress, trans woman and sex worker.

As a long-time fan of Soul Food (Bloodaxe), I’m looking forward to reading the newly released companion anthology, Soul Feast, edited by Neil Astley and Pamela Robertson-Pearce. These anthologies set out to nourish the reader’s mind through thought-provoking and insightful poems that bring clarity and light in dark times.


If you’re a poet based in the north or a publisher with a new collection or pamphlet by a northern poet and would like to be considered for future versions of this round-up, please get in touch with [email protected].

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