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Joanna Ezekiel

Joanna Ezekiel was born in Essex in 1969, and has worked as a teacher, bookseller and librarian. She is the author of five books of poetry, including a full collection entitled Centuries of Skin (Ragged Raven, 2010), and a first novel, The Inside-Out House (Indigo Dreams, 2014). She was the winner of the 2012 Rydale Poetry Competition and was shortlisted for the 2012 Bridport Prize. She is currently an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University, and lives in York. She has ridden on a camel twice, although not the same camel.

Her second full-length collection of poetry, Homecoming, was published by Valley Press in April 2016.

[Author photo by Ian Hargreaves]



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By necessity, to come home is to look with fresh eyes at what is familiar. Joanna Ezekiel’s exquisite second collection captures this experience with a combination of quiet observation and vivid sensuality. She draws on her British Jewish upbringing and Indian Jewish heritage to explore what it means to belong – to a family, to a country, to a culture – in poems that sing with warmth and generosity. Playful juxtapositions of characters and landscapes create a sense of the unexpected, and her treatment of the past is as subtle as her commentary on the present. Evocative and tender, Homecoming is a collection that invites the reader into an unfamiliar place and makes them feel at home.

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