Ringers by Bill Greenwell


From word-bending parody to the depths of depression; from caustic political commentary to bereavement; from childhood memories to life-enhancing and life depressing love affairs, what unites Ringers is the freshness of vision, the startling turns of phrase, the uniqueness of a voice that it as once incisive and verbally assured, yet also vulnerable and utterly authentic. This long awaited second collection following on from the success of Greenwell’s critically acclaimed debut, Impossible Objects, will not disappoint.

Praise for Bill Greenwell’s poetry:

– Fresh, startling, inventive, entertaining… There’s not a boring note here… You never know where Greenwell’s going next.
U A Fanthorpe & R V Bailey

– Bill Greenwell does things with language you didn’t know were possible…
Selima Hill

– A verbal magician working with the precision and economy of a master cartographer… The writing is witty and tender, delicate and tough. It consistently charms us out of the every-day…
Carol Rumens

Bill Greenwell was born in Sunderland in 1952, and worked in Devon for 36 years before returning to the North-East, where he is the Open University in the North’s Staff Tutor for the Arts. He was New Statesman’s weekly satirical poet from 1994 to 2002, and his web-site www.theweeklypoem.com continues this tradition. His first collection, Impossible Objects, was shortlisted for the Forward best first collection prize in 2006. He has been a winner or runner-up in a number of national poetry competitions, including the Troubadour, the Kent & Sussex Open (four times!), the Yeovil Open, The Plough, the Devon Open, the Wigtown Open, and the Virginia Warbey. He has also won over two thousand competitions for parodies and light verse in The Spectator and New Statesman and other magazines. In 2004 he won the £5000 Mail on Sunday poetry prize.

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