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Jane Draycott at Manchester Central Library

Yesterday my wife and I heard Jane Draycott reading from her new collection, Over . We’d gone because I so admire the metrical skill and the strong yet subtle and delicate rhythmic and phonetic texture of The Night Tree. I was hoping to hear some of the poems from that volume (particularly “Because tonight the beach”). That didn’t happen, but it was a marvellous occasion. The new work is clearly very good and the poet’s reading style was a fine combination of a measured clarity … Continue Reading