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This is Not a Stunt

by Cath Nichols

A bold, intimate and celebratory poetry collection, filled with ‘alternative’ voices – and bodies. [Pre-order: due 7th September]

In these poems, living with disability or being trans are not tragedies to overcome but ways of being, with their own humour, romance, stories and mundanity.

Embracing the ordinary (‘We’re middle-aged, of course. Life rolls on’) and the remarkable, Nichols revisits her childhood in New Zealand and her teenage years in Kent, before crossing several decades (and haircuts) on the gay scene in Manchester.

At the heart of the collection is a sequence, ‘Bo(d)y-in-waiting’, a forthright and intimately observed narrative about a boy growing up trans in the 1970s, thwarted and misunderstood at every turn by vacuous doctors and oblivious teachers. Readers will discover why ‘each body is an act of becoming’, and be left with a new appreciation of what makes us human.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cath Nichols was born in Kent, 1970, but spent her childhood in Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. She is the author of two pamphlets, Tales of Boy Nancy (Driftwood, 2005) and Distance (Erbacce Press, 2012) and a collection, My Glamorous Assistant (Headland, 2007). She holds a PhD in Creative Writing. Her latest collection, This is Not a Stunt, is due for publication from Valley Press in September 2017.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Edition: Paperback

Date Published: 2017-09-07

ISBN: 9781908853868

Catalogue Number: VP0103

Number of Pages: 80


Cover design by Jamie McGarry

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