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Cara Brennan

Cara Brennan was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, in 1990, and currently lives in Newcastle. She graduated from the Newcastle University Creative Writing MA with distinction.

Her poems have appeared in magazines including Ink Sweat & Tears, The Cadaverine, Pomegranate, Diamond Twig and Myths of the Near Future.

She is a proud graduate of the Writing Squad, where she completed the ‘Stanza Stones’ project with Simon Armitage. Her debut poetry pamphlet, Destroyed Dresses, was published by Valley Press in 2012, and was a Read Regional choice in 2014.


Destroyed Dresses

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‘The October sun breeds cataracts, the breeze freezes my bones. My neck is wool-deep in check; it’s hard to text with mittens on.’ So begins the first solo publication of Cara Brennan’s exemplary poetry, one of the most talked-about pamphlets of 2012.

Destroyed Dresses showcases the finest 17 poems created by the young writer to date; ordered chronologically to aid the sense of a poet 'coming of age', in life and in literature. As suggested by the iconic cover design (conceived by the author), the poems have both vintage charm and contemporary edge; as well as their own peculiar drama. They provide ample evidence of the unique attitude and skill which has won Cara national acclaim, and make Destroyed Dresses an essential (and economical) poetry purchase.

A Read Regional Choice for 2014. Paperback temporarily out of stock.

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