Well done to Christopher Reid for achieving the almost impossible and winning a cross-genre national book prize – the Costa – with a collection of poetry. I’ve read other of Christopher’s collections and heard him read. He’s very good, specialising in the quiet observation of life’s desperate details; if anybody is going to get all the pathos out of a threadbare rug, he’s your man.
I also owe him a great debt – he was the external marker on our final show degree at Norwich School of Art, for which my piece was a pile of a collection of short stories displayed on a plinth called Close Quarters. Christopher was at that time poetry editor at Faber and Faber – he took my collection back to work with him and passed it on to a prose editor there, and that was how I got started.
This is the type of jacket I want on all my books – title, name, colour, and that’s all
Buy A Scattering here (World Ranking of no. 15 on Amazon at time of posting : for a collection of poetry – encroyable!)