A substantial new collection from this powerful North Yorkshire writer. Includes many prize-winning poems, which delve into astronomy, childhood terrors, the fabulous, the amatory, the fishy, the hospital, disappearing communities. Pat Borthwick gets at the truth, brings out its light and dark in every detail
About Pat Borthwick
Pat Borthwick was born in Lincoln and much of her upbringing was spent on the canals and waterways of Britain. She now lives in rural North Yorkshire. Pat first trained in visual art and worked for many years as a ceramic sculptor. She has been Writer in Residence for prisons, libraries, schools and hospitals as well as for a coal mine, a chalk cliff and a cabbage.
On community projects Pat frequently collaborates with other artists. Her work has been widely published in magazines and she enjoys a national reputation for her sparkling readings. Roger Garfitt has described her as ‘a conjuror with real stars up her sleeve’ and Simon Armitage as ‘a mapmaker with whose maps you can surely find your way.’ Before Swim an earlier full length collection was Between Clouds and Caves (Littlewood Arc, 1990) and a third book is due out from Templar in October 2008. Pat won the 2007 Templar Poetry Pamphlet Competition and Wave will be published in the autumn of 2007. A former chair of NAWE, Pat is also a part-time tutor for the Open College of the Arts and runs the Yorkshire Open Poetry Competition. She was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2003.