The Crow Road from Eden is a multi-course literary meal; an engrossing and passionate collection of poems, a travel memoir, and a critical study of poets (and poetry scenes) from across the globe. The book collects poems written in Africa, England, Ukraine, Russia, the Balkans and the Middle East, organised by location, with an introduction describing the literary history of each country, and the influence that history has had on the author's own writing and life. Tony Howson's journalistic work has given him a unique, front-line insight into all those regions, and created a book the likes of which you are unlikely to encounter again - however far you travel.
“A rewarding experience... the wide geographic and emotional sweep of this collection is enhanced by Howson's respect for, and immersion in, the countries and cultures he has lived in. Written with a rare intelligence, the reader will take away some vivid imagery that resonates long in the mind.”
– Heidi Kipling
Tony Howson was born in Slough, 1956, and spent his formative years in Yorkshire and Teesside. He has worked widely as a journalist in both print and radio, and in 2011 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Journalism from Uzhgorod University, Ukraine. His poetry has been widely anthologised, and his prose has appeared in a diverse variety of outlets from the Northampton Mercury and Herald to The Guardian.
He presently works for BBC Media Action, living a uniquely international existence between Kyiv, Scarborough and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is married with three sons and a granddaughter. His first book, a collection of poetry and travel writing, The Crow Road from Eden, was published by Valley Press in May 2012.
Date Published: 2012-05-25
Catalogue Number: VP0026
Number of Pages: 92
Cover design by Jamie McGarry
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