A Scattering

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!)

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13 Responses to A Scattering

  1. markelt says:

    I’ve ordered it along with George’s collection yesterday.

    Burns)ish) Night so poetry, haggis and whisky at Elt Towers on Saturday night. Kids are there so ‘Nine Inch Will Please a Lady’ won’t be read till late.

  2. Stephen Foster says:

    I didn’t know you were a Jock.

  3. markelt says:


    Anyway, I said Burns(ish).

    And who wouldn’t like a chance to eat haggis, drink whisky and read poetry?

  4. chiffs says:

    Well done Christopher Reid. ‘Encroyable’ ranking for a poetry book, maybe, and well-deserved for an incredible poet.

  5. Bilbo says:

    It Cracks Like Breaking Skin is still your best book, winger. Well, I think so. It’s the real inner you. I’m not surprised that Reid picked up on it.

    This tate a tate between you two reminds me of how much I miss being with you. Soon eh?

    I’m babysitting this weekend. Loz’s two boys friday and Swiss’s two plus one mad dog on saturday. Hold on.

    Bilbo. X

  6. Bilbo says:

    BTW, I’ve decided Bilbo Baggins is now my new name. Sigur Ros decided for me. Don’t try to change my mind. You won’t. In future, you will ALL refer to me as Bilbo. Geddit!

    Bilbo. X

  7. Stephen Foster says:

    Shaffers after the Blackburn game, maybe?

  8. Stephen Foster says:

    How did Sigur Ros decide you that?

    nb, you’re causing me work too: I’m having to approve all your posts anew now you’re in under another nom deploome.

  9. Bilbo says:

    “How did Sigor Ros decide you that?”

    Eli gets under my skin. 😉

  10. Daftburger says:

    This Bilbo character any change of giving him/her a splattering?

  11. Bilbo says:

    That might be a tad difficult. I think Swiss has booked me in again for another sitting. We could get round it maybe if I take Sam and TTB with us. Definitely put it in your dairy for the 13th March. Veela at home. It’s my b’day. Party up at the Chinese at the Milehouse. I need to organise this. Hold on.

  12. Bilbo says:

    Do one Mr D. I’ve got issues yerno.

  13. Daftburger says:

    Yeh of ‘What Car’ magazine. 😀

    *with thanks to Alan Partridge.

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