Scarlett Ward – ache


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  • Scarlett Ward
  • Ninth collection in our Midlands Writers Series.
  • 26 Sept 2019
  • PBK: £9.99
  • ISBN: 978 1 912565 23 8
  • 78 pages 216 x 138 • 40 poems
  • Market: General/trade
  • Genre: Poetry Collection
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 ache is a breathtaking collection of healing and rebirth. Scarlett writes in away that makes me want to live more deeply” – Chloe Frayne.

Scarlett Ward is an incredible young West Midlands poet as comfortable on the page as in performance, with a real ear for language and an imagination to match. Her debut collection, created with help and advice from Liz Berry and others, doesn’t disappoint, as it takes its concerns of depression, mental ill-health and the deep and powerful ache of recovery, and turns them into quite startling poetry -at times as light as petals, at others as heavy and violent as a hobnail boot. Read, gasp, enjoy.

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Scarlett Ward Bennett is a West Midlands poet whose debut collection ache – published by Verve Poetry Press in 2019 – has been nominated for a 2020 Forward Poetry Prize. She was nominated for Best Spoken Word Performer in the 2019 Saboteur Awards, and came third in the Wolverhampton Literature Festival Prize judged by Roy McFarlane. Scarlett runs several poetry workshops, and hosts the ‘Versification’ poetry evening in Cannock. A self-confessed hedgehog lady, she volunteers for West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue.

Follow Scarlett on Twitter: @scarlettwith2ts