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This book was written with the help of a major Individual Artist’s Grant from the Arts Council England, received in 2005.

“The House of Straw is a song of celebration and love.”–the Irish Times


The poem “Visiting the Country of my Birth” from this collection, appears on Poetry Society UK website


“That surprise of moving from the minutiae of a moment to a consequence of a few years is typical of the way a sense of loss and estrangement is sustained throughout and finally underlined by revisiting the country she was born in, where

     The girl with unreadable eyes has returned
     Inside someone they cannot touch.
         (‘The Latch’)”–Jane Routh, Stride Books