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Burning Season (Paperback)

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Burning Season is a book about fire and survival, climate change and nature's defiance. Yvonne Reddick's understanding of climate change is uniquely personal: her father was a petroleum engineer, and many members of her family worked in the fossil fuel industry. The collection speaks of the paradox that her Dad's gift to her was her love of nature and mountain landscapes. Burning Season includes a series of vivid, moving and heartfelt poems that explore her grief following her father's death in a hiking accident. These are set against a wider backdrop of ecological loss and heartbreak.



The book combines poems with nature diaries and lyric essays to trace an intriguing family history. It tells the story of a father who worked on North Sea oil platforms and Omani oilfields, and who transported the entire family to Kuwait four years after the first Gulf War. Reddick's mother worked in seismology, detecting deposits of oil deep below the ground. This family story forms the bedrock of Burning Season.



Here, too, are poems that celebrate nature's vibrant resilience: planting oak saplings, spotting rare ptarmigan in the Highland winter, imagining life in an underwater city.



Yvonne Reddick's first book-length collection builds on the achievement of her pamphlets Translating Mountains (Seren, 2017), winner of the Mslexia Pamphlet Competition, and Spikenard (Laureate's Choice, 2019), which was a poetry recommendation for early 2019 in the London Review of Books.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd Publication Date: 25/05/2023 ISBN-13: 9781780376455  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Yvonne Reddick is an award-winning writer, editor and ecopoetry scholar. She has received a Leadership Fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Poetry Society's inaugural Peggy Poole Award, a Northern Writer's Award and a Creative Futures Literary Award. Her work has appeared in The Guardian Review, Poetry Review and the New Statesman, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC North West Tonight. She has published two pamphlets, Translating Mountains (Seren, 2017), winner of the Mslexia Pamphlet Competition, and Spikenard (Laureate's Choice, 2019), which was a poetry recommendation for early 2019 in the London Review of Books. Her first book-length collection, Burning Season, is published by Bloodaxe in 2023. Her other publications include Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet and Magma: The Anthropocene Issue (as editor), which was met with the BBC news headline 'Poets print climate change poetry on recycled paper with vegetable oil ink.' She is a book critic for the Times Literary Supplement and a contributing editor at Ambit. She now lives in Manchester.

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