Her first pamphlet since her debut full collection Platinum Blonde sees Phoebe Stuckes’ trademark poems of high humour and hubris take on a dreamier, more abstract, quality. Perhaps the ‘wise-cracking party girl’ of her earlier work is sensing that, for a while at least, the party is postponed. There isn’t much worth staying up late for any more in these poems. Instead, our character lies awake in bed long into the night or wakes up into a pre-dawn world they barely recognise. And the strange new rural setting they wake to is inviting and also threatening and therefore not to be trusted.
Phoebe Stuckes remains one of the most exciting horrifying hilarious unsettling poets writing today. The One Girl Gremlin is of course an absolute triumph!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phoebe Stuckes is a writer from West Somerset. A four time winner of the Foyle Young Poet of The Year Award and a Barbican Young Poet, she has performed at the Southbank Centre, Waterstones Trafalgar Square, Wenlock Poetry Festival and she was the Ledbury Festival young poet in residence in 2015. She has also appeared on The Verb on BBC Radio 3 and Front Row on BBC Radio 4. Her writing has appeared in The Poetry Review, The Rialto, The North, Ash and Ambit among others. She has led poetry workshops for Oxford University Poetry Society, Ledbury Poetry Festival and The Poetry Business. Her radio play adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s short story ‘A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings’, written in collaboration with Alexander Hartley, was described by Oxford Culture Review as ‘a triumph’. The production was also revived for the Oxford Playhouse Young Players festival 2018. Her debut pamphlet, Gin & Tonic was shortlisted for The Michael Marks Award 2017. In 2020 she won The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. In 2019 she was the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for her first full-length collection, Platinum Blonde, which is out now with Bloodaxe Books and has been highly commended by The Forward Prizes.