In Black Country, Liz Berry takes flight: to Wrens Nest, Gosty Hill, Tipton-on-Cut; to the places of home. The poems move from the magic of childhood – bostin fittle at Nanny’s, summers before school – into deeper, darker territory: sensual love, enchanted weddings, and the promise of new life.
In Berry’s hands, the ordinary is transformed: her characters shift shapes, her eye is unusual, her ear attuned to the sounds of the Black Country, with ‘vowels ferrous as nails, consonants / you could lick the coal from.’ Ablaze with energy and full of the rich dialect of the West Midlands, this is an incandescent debut from a poet of dazzling talent and verve.
Liz has always been so supportive of Verve, reading wonderfully (twice!) at our 2018 festival and running workshops at the last three! We love having her with us, helping to rep our city!
WINNER OF THE FORWARD PRIZE BEST FIRST COLLECTION 2014 / PBS Recommendation 2014
Date: 7th August 2014
Extent: 80 pp