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My latest full poetry collections, The Last Woman Born on the Island (Vagabond Voices, Sep. 2022) and The Red House (Drunk Muse Press, Sep. 2022) are OUT NOW.

Previous collections are: To Know Bedrock (Pindrop Press, 2011), The Art Of Egg (Two Ravens Press, 2015; republished Pindrop Press, 2019) and a pamphlet, Rib (Wayleave Press, 2021).

Individual poems have appeared in 14, Acumen, Aesthetica Creative Works Annuals, Agenda, Ambit, Coast to Coast to Coast, Dark Mountain, Earthlines, Envoi, Eye Flash, Fenland Poetry Journal, Finished Creatures, Gutter, Here Comes Everyone, Interpret, Iota, Magma, Mslexia, Northwords Now, Orbis, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry News, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry Scotland, Popshot, Prole, Stand, Strix, The Bastille, The French Literary Review, The Frogmore Papers, The Interpreter's House, The London Magazine, The Moth, The New Quarterly (Canada), The New Writer, The North, The Poets’ Republic, The Pomegranate, The Rialto, The Spectator, The Storms, Vallum (Canada) and Under the Radar.

Also Morphrog, The Friday Poem and Creatives (Scottish Mountaineering Press) (all online), and several print anthologies including After Sylvia (Nine Arches Press), Emma Press anthologies of Age, Animals, Travel, and Future; Glimmer, Storm at Galesburg, The Visitors, Feeding the Cat, A Roof of Red Tiles (all Cinnamon Press), Pale Fire New Writings on the Moon (The Frogmore Press), All the Way Home (Leaf Books), Up to Our Necks in It (Black Tulip Books), Book of Sand, A Complicated Way of Being Ignored (Grist), Entanglements (Two Ravens Press), Alice: Ekphrasis at the British Library (Joy Lane Publishing), the Mslexia Writer's Diary 2016, My Time (Voluntary Arts Scotland), Poems in the Waiting Room, and Living with Other People (Corrupted Poetry).

Forthcoming work (as of November 2023) will appear in The French Literary Review, Under the Radar, Northwords Now, The Pomegranate, Poetry Salzburg Review , Dark Mountain, Stand, The Frogmore Papers, Strix, Glisk (Sidhe Press), What Winter Wants (Rymour Books), the Ginkgo Prize anthology 2023 'Best Poem of UK Landscape', Caduceus, Poetry Scotland, The Spectator and Green Ink Poetry (online).

 

The Red House Cover

(Drunk Muse Press, 2022)

The Last Woman Born On The Island Cover

(Vagabond Voices, 2022)

Rib

(Wayleave Press, 2021)

Art Of Egg Cover

(Two Ravens Press, 2015)

(re-published Pindrop Press, 2019)

 

(Pindrop Press, 2011)

 

The Last Woman Born on the Island is an exploration of the past and the present, and a celebration of the landscapes, both physical and emotional, that make up our lives. The title poem is set on an unnamed Hebridean island which could be St Kilda, could be fictitious, or could be a symbol for what we have lost and yearn to rediscover. Much of the collection is set in my homeland of Scotland. Some poems contemplate the history and traditions of the Highlands and Islands – from the HMS Iolaire disaster off Lewis in 1919, to the knitting of Eriskay ganseys, the legend of The White Cow at Callanish stone circle, and the work of herring girls at the start of the 20th century. Others consider Scottish dialect, and the country’s wildest and most beautiful landscapes. Is there is a difference between something lost, and something merely forgotten? Who is the last woman and where is the island? Available from Vagabond Voices.


The Red House
('La Maison Rouge') was the last silk spinning mill in France, an industry which reached its peak here in 1853 and ended in 1965 when this mill in the Cévennes mountains closed its doors for the final time. It is now a museum about Cévenol life. Using museum objects as starting points, the poems in this volume explore the history and culture of this sparsely populated part of France, a region which RL Stevenson crossed in 1878, often comparing it with rocky, heather-filled areas of Scotland, and recounting his journey in Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes. I have lived in a remote valley of the Cévennes since 2001 and weave my own experiences as an incomer through this narrative, as well as the lives of my neighbours and people who live there today – goat herders, smallholders, odd jobbers, restaurateurs, hunters, foresters: taciturn yet with a deep sense of community and communion with the land. The Red House draws out their stories, and with them, our own relationships with time and place. Available from Drunk Muse Press.

 

Reviews of The Last Woman Born on the Island

Westender
reviewed by Brian Toal

The Frogmore Papers
reviewed by Charlotte Gann

 

Reviews of The Red House

The Friday Poem
reviewed by Hilary Menos

The Frogmore Papers
reviewed by Clare Best

Northwords Now
reviewed by Mandy Haggith

Orbis
reviewed by Jennifer McGowan

 

Reviews of Rib

London Grip
reviewed by Rennie Halstead

Sphinx
reviewed by Anne Bailey

Sabotage Reviews
reviewed by Afric McGlinchey

The Friday Poem
reviewed by Richie McCaffery

Northwords Now
reviewed by Anne MacLeod

The Frogmore Papers: "characteristically lyrical, fluent and often quietly subversive"
reviewed by Robin Houghton

Orbis: "sharp and sensual"
reviewed by Theresa Sowerby

 

Reviews of The Art of Egg

Diary of a Soul Writer

reviewed by Hailie Andersen

The Interpreter's House: "The art is of turning everything into a 'yes' moment. And Black has that art."
reviewed by Dawn Gorman

The Frogmore Papers: "the poems take flight gracefully, taut and delicious"
reviewed by Janet Sutherland


Reviews of To Know Bedrock

The North: "Her poems exude a physicality which is precise and evocative at once."
reviewed by Wendy Klein

Orbis: "Here, the female body is unshakeable bedrock. I wish there were more space to limn [...] the excellence of this brilliant collection."
reviewed by Jennifer A McGowan

The Frogmore Papers: "Sharon Black's debut collection is beautifully assured."
reviewed by Janet Sutherland

Envoi: "Full of lyrical rhythm and compelling imagery, this is a quietly assertive poetry"
reviewed by Jan Fortune

Jayne Stanton POETRY
reviewed by Jayne Stanton