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Join Em Strang as she launches her second collection, Horse-Man. Her first full collection, Bird-Woman (Shearsman Books) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prize and won the Saltire Award for Scottish Poetry Book of the Year in 2017. She is supported by Kate Ashton.
Horse-Man inhabits at times surreal, at times mystical territory, where the human and nonhuman merge and blend. In this liminal space, loss and grief are acknowledged and sometimes embraced, allowing the human small mercies in the face of That Which Is Greater Than Us. Part keening, part celebration, Horse-Man immerses the reader in a powerful advocacy of sacred meaning and – fiercely, bravely – asks what it means to be whole, a fully embodied human being.
Em Strang has taught Creative Writing, Creative Reading and COPI (Community of Philosophical Inquiry) at Dumfries prison and has also worked as Poetry Editor for the Dark Mountain Project. She completed a PhD in Creative Writing (ecological poetry) at the University of Glasgow in 2013, and was a recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award the following year. Her work has been published widely in anthologies and journals, commended in the 2013 Wigtown and McLellan poetry competitions, shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport Prize and selected for the Forward Anthology in 2016. Her illustrated pamphlet, Stone, was published by Atlantic Press (a collaboration with artist, Mat Osmond) in March 2016, with all proceeds going to Scottish charity, Trees for Life.
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