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Poetry Launch and Reading: The Peregrine Falcons of York Minster with Carole Bromley and Herd Queen with Di Slaney

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Explore York Libraries is honoured to be hosting the joint launch of two new collections of poetry from Valley Press.

Introduced by Valley Press Publisher Jamie McGarry, Carole Bromley will be reading from The Peregrine Falcons of York Minster and Di Slaney will be reading from Herd Queen.

Both collections are available to buy from valleypressuk.com

Carole Bromley is a York-based poet, teacher and editor. She has published three collections with Smith Doorstop: A Guided Tour of the Ice House (2011), The Stonegate Devil (2015) and Blast Off!, a collection for children (2017). Carole is an Arvon tutor, a mentor for the Poetry Society, and a judge of many competitions. When not writing or teaching she loves walking and spending time with family – including her husband, four children and thirteen grandchildren. Carole has been widely published in magazines and anthologies and has a won a number of prizes, including the 2019 Hamish Canham Award.

Carole’s fourth collection brings together poems about York and Yorkshire, the loss of friends and loved ones, travel, literature, art, and her own recent experience of brain surgery.

Startling, witty, and with an eye for detail as sharp as a falcon's claws, this new publication by a poet who 'never forgets her reader' is set to delight, entertain and provoke all who climb its towers and pace its halls.

Di Slaney is a poet, publisher and animal sanctuary founder who lives in Nottinghamshire. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University and owns Candlestick Press (famed for 'poetry pamphlets, instead of a card'). Her poems have been published in various magazines including Magma, The Rialto, The Interpreter’s House and Brittle Star, and twice shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Her debut pamphlet Dad’s Slideshow was published by Stonewood Press in 2015.

In 2005, Di and her husband moved into a Grade II Listed four-hundred-year-old farmhouse, populating it with livestock and eventually starting the Manor Farm Charitable Trust. The house, the animals, and the surrounding village of Bilsthorpe became the subjects of her first full-length collection of poetry, Reward for Winter, published by Valley Press in 2016. A second collection, Herd Queen, is published in September 2020

Herd Queenboasts eloquent animal sketches including Mayhem the Herdwick sheep and the tale of a nocturnal poetry slam run by mice; sea-salt childhood memories – taste the rain – and an exuberant riff on Christopher Smart that serves as a hymn to manure, ‘Jubilate Excreta’.

Herd Queen’s heroines remember teenage trysts, do battle with the slings and arrows of ageing, collage a poem from Prince lyrics and dream of achieving Shirley Bassey-hood in their seventies. This is a constantly surprising, deeply satisfying book from a writer at the top of her game.

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