Debut Poetry Collection

out with Verve Poetry Press


The Lolitas

(Book) £9.99 inc. p&p


The Lolitas is an extraordinary first collection. It is a genre distorting, disconcerting, dystopia of daughters, single parenting, love and abuse.  From the lyric tenderness of the first kiss, to a place where poetry borders with reportage and records the experience of working with groomed girls in the care system.  Darkly humorous, the work weaves working class narratives of fiction, fact and foretelling, in an intensely readable, page-turning glut of the gamine. 



Write Out Loud- Julian Jordan 

Double CD 'Council House Poetry'

out with Nymphs and Thugs

Love Is A Battlefield.

(Audio book on CD) £10

is a result of BBC Radio 3 New Voices commission from The Verb, New Writing North, Contact Theatre and Arc, Stockton.


Modern war poetry; economic conscription? It addresses the after-effects of war on the social and domestic lives of soldiers. Exploring class, PTSD and love.  Dark, humorous, accessible. Age 14+. 

Underscored with music by Lee Affen. 

Bird St.

(Audio book on CD)

is an incredible collection of visceral, vivid, heartbreakingly innocent and razor-sharp poetry which captures Louise at her best; encapsulating her "council house poetry" style. Age 14+.

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