Inland - Kay Syrad

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Kay Syrad perceptive, surprising imagery and ability to see to the heart of things is never more acute than in this outstanding new collection, Inland. A novelist of psychological acuity, wit and intelligence; a collaborator with artists and musicians and a gifted editor, Kay Syrad’s formidable skill and deeply humane insights come together in her poetry to astonish, startle and delight. There is darkness here, but also light; there is sorrow and celebration; there are huge questions and the smallest moments exquisitely observed. Written with a graciousness of thought and an elegant control of language that makes these pieces sing, Inland marks Kay Syrad as an extraordinary poet.

Author biography

Kay SyradKay Syrad's publications include a collection of poetry, Double Edge (Pighog, 2012); two novels, The Milliner and the Phrenologist (2009, reprinted 2012), Send (2015, both published by Cinnamon); and Exchange, an art-text collaboration with environmental artist, Chris Drury (Little Toller, 2015), based on a rural residency and exhibition for the climate change cultural organisation, Cape Farewell. Kay, who lives in East Sussex, often collaborates with artists: she has worked with the international art collective Sensory Sites and, between 2013-2016, was the commissioned writer on Last Station, a multi-media arts project exploring the history of the British lightships that used to be stationed around Britain's coasts; here she wrote the libretto for a choral piece featuring an original score by the jazz and world-musician, Trevor Watts, and her artist's book for the project, 1000 tasks: work of the lightship men, was bought by the National Maritime Museum for their permanent collection. With the performer Clare Whistler she has contributed work to Art: Language: Location (Cambridge, 2013) and Telling Stories II at Sevenoaks Library Art Gallery (2014). Kay also writes reviews and articles for various poetry journals and is currently Poetry Editor of Envoi.

www.kaysyrad.co.uk