Long time readers of This Northern Gal will not be surprised to hear that I love Jen Campbell and devour her writing. As such, as soon as I knew she had a new poetry collection coming out, I knew it wouldn’t be long until I put my book buying ban to one side and picked up a copy.
That finally happened in Grasmere, in the cutest little bookshop. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to get it and steadily made my way through it while it was in the Lake District. It was the perfect location for this collection too. The dramatic backdrops, mountains and tiny villages fit beautifully with the fairy tale feel in many of Jen Campbell’s poems. It was hard not to get swept up in them.
It is not just fairy tales that have inspired this collection. There are poems about growing up in my beloved north east and others that seem to have been born from the circuses of old. Others seem to belong to the world of dystopia. Throughout, there is this idea of identity and finding your feet in an unsteady world that I really loved. It was a truly impactful collection that I wanted to take my time with and will hopefully be returning to again and again.
If you liked The End of the World in the Beginning of the Night or you’re a fan of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood, I think you’ll like this collection!
Let me know what you think!