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Miles Salter

Miles Salter is a writer, musician and storyteller based in York. His first novel for teenagers, A Song For Nicky Moon, was shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House children’s writing award in 2010. He has written for several newspapers including The Guardian and The Independent. He is a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University, and is director of York Literature Festival.

Miles’s poems have appeared in some of the UK’s leading poetry magazines, including The Rialto, Ambit, Orbis and South Bank Poetry. His first collection of poetry (writing as Miles Cain), The Border, was published by Valley Press in 2011, and a follow-up, Animals, in September 2013.

His third project with us, The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetrywhich he has co-edited with Oz Hardwick, is due out in August 2017 (appropriately enough on Yorkshire Day, August 1st).



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A lion attends confession, a woman sleeps with a python, a giraffe walks into a bar… Miles Salter’s much-anticipated second collection is a mixture of surreal, dark comedy and piercing observation, taking inspiration from the natural world and the ‘most dangerous animal of all’ – the human being.

Salter’s Animals, human or otherwise, populate a variety of physical and emotional landscapes; from the sci-fi dystopias of ‘The Queue’ and ‘A Warning’ to the contemporary urban settings which characterized Miles’ first collection The Border. These appealing, accessible and articulate poems explore the emotional and evolutionary shadows that all of us pass through, whatever our species; a collection not to be missed.

The Border

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A woman borrows her husband's tongue, a man spends years in a stalled car, a teenage boy sees a crack divide his town...

In this impressive debut, York-based poet Miles Salter (writing under his original pen name, Miles Cain) guides readers through an increasingly familiar dystopia of mind and city; a world observed with accuracy, wit and heart. Insightful, surreal and surprising, The Border marked the arrival of a formidable new voice in British poetry.

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