New Title: The Messenger House - part history, part poetry, part travelogue
In her fifth book Janet Sutherland explores journals written by her great-great-grandfather, George Davies, as he travelled to Serbia with his Queen’s Messenger friend, Mr Gutch, in 1846 and 1847. She writes her own journals during a trip to Hungary and Serbia in 2018 and after her cancer diagnosis and treatment during the first Covid lockdowns of 2020. Poems, journals, letters, messenger regulations and other testimony, both imaginary and actual, question, answer and echo each other in a radical collage. All the writers are grappling with uncertainties. Sutherland is intrigued by what these testimonies reveal and hide. Part history, part poetry, part travelogue – these journals, poems and other writings interweave the then and now, the observed and imagined. What do we know about these messages and their messengers? What secrets and possibilities might these words carry? What can they tell us about ourselves?
Available from Shearsman Books and:
The Book Depository
Barnes and Noble.com
Published April 2023. Paperback, 264pp, 9x6ins. £16.95 / $24
An interview with Sian Thomas for Wildhart Radio
I was recently interviewed about, and read some poems from my last poetry collection Home Farm, Shearsman Books, for Sian Thomas on Wildhart radio. We talked about memory, writing and the farm where I grew up. Sian interviews poets on Wildhart Radio and there is a large back catalogue of readings to listen to, including mine. Wildhart Radio is a community radio station, coming from the heart of Forest Row in Sussex and broadcasts to Sussex, the UK & the World.
Planet Poetry Podcast with Janet Sutherland
I was interviewed recently on the Planet Poetry Podcast hosted by Peter Kenny and Robin Houghton and what a pleasure it was to talk poetry with Peter and read some of my poems. The episode is called "Eels | Elements - with Janet Sutherland" and can be heard by clicking on the link below or simply by searching for "Planet Poetry Podcast". There are over 24 hours of recordings in this series, each episode features one or two poets plus conversations about the works of others, so do listen if you can.
Rob Mclennan's blog -12 or 20 (second series) questions with Janet Sutherland
Rob McLennan has asked questions of more than two hundred poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, from North America and beyond, to see the range of their answers to a series of similar questions. Here he asks me those questions...