Following “Looking Through Letterboxes”, her first collection (2002), Caroline Bird was acclaimed as a vivid and precocious new talent. “Trouble Came to the Turnip” confirms her originality as she strikes out again in new directions, taking nothing for granted. Her poems are ferociously vital, fantastical, sometimes violent, almost always savagely humorous and self-mocking. Caroline Bird’s world is inhabited by failed and (less often) successful relationships, by the dizzying crisis of early adulthood, by leprechauns and spells and Miss Pringle’s seven lovely daughters waiting to spring out of a cardboard cake, and the turnip.
Caroline appeared at our 2020 festival at the Saturday Headline event and delivered an excellent workshop. For our 2022 festival, she is our Competition Judge and will host our Competition Winners event at the festival.
Date: 28th September 2006
Extent: 106 pp