Fiction & Poetry, Poetry
Hardback Published on: 22/02/2024
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One of the finest collections of poems I have ever read. Powerful, intelligent, and very eloquent. A rare and delightful command of precise vocabulary to... READ MORE
Keiran at Waterstones Harrogate
Queen of the rhyming couplet
This collection is beautiful, honest, sharp, and a thorough delight to read. Many of these poyums beg to be read aloud, thanks to Pennie's impeccable sense... READ MORE
Esmé Sawyer
A work of art!
Len Pennie is a truly gifted poet. She has channeled her own life experiences into powerful, cleaver, moving, and eloquent poetry. In both Scots and Englis... READ MORE
Rhiannon MacG
I read this cover to cover in one sitting because I couldn't put it down for even a second. The Scots language is something I've never come across before t... READ MORE
Michela at Ashford
Beautifully eloquent, incredibly poignant.
I really really enjoyed this collection. Beautifully eloquent, incredibly poignant. I found the poets voice in every line, even ones I may not fully compre... READ MORE
Ella-Mae from Lewes
Poetry as therapy for both reader and writer
A glorious celebration of the Scots tongue Len Pennie's poyums scream with pain and rage but also celebrate hope and the birth of resilience. A performance... READ MORE
Sally Hughes
What a wonderful voice in such a special language.
I feel I should declare I am a Len Pennie fan already. This is the first book of poetry I have read for many years and I forgot how it poetry can mainline ... READ MORE
Eilish from Rustington


'And I have done more than just simply get by, So much more than escape or survive, Through the galvanisation of love, time and patience, I'll take hold of my story and thrive.'

'After life that was seldom what life ought to be, Through laughter and love I'll be whole, This story is mine from the cover to spine, And the narrative I will control.'

Whether she's writing letters to her younger self, advocating for women's rights or adapting fairy tales to process an abusive relationship, Len's voice is bold, unashamedly frank and unmistakably hers. The poems in this collection, both funny and fiercely feminist, announce a formidable new talent. Moving deftly between English and Scots, poyums is as approachable as it is affecting.

  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • ISBN: 9781805301387
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Weight: 223g
  • Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 17 mm

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Brilliant poet
Len is an extraordinary poet, her mastery of both the English language and of the Scots language are simply magnificent. This book may not be out yet, but ... READ MORE
Joseph Brady
This will be a great read I'm sure.
This will be a great read I'm sure.
Kiera Skelly
The poems you wish you could tell your younger self
A really expressive book of poems - Len has a wonderful way of using words, both English and Scots, which flow beautifully, expressing all sorts of emotion... READ MORE
An incredibly powerful collection of Scots poetry
I'm not usually a poetry person but I loved Len's Scots word of the day and the poetry that I had heard her perform on IG so I decided to pick up her new b... READ MORE
Sabrina Burton