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Full Stops in Winter Branches

by Char March

‘A weaving of twigs / a precariousness in wind / the heart of a hedge / each a basket of hope.’

In this, her fifth collection, Char March searches for hidden nests of humanity within the cold, bare branches of politics, and gives a voice to the voiceless (both human and otherwise). She expertly immerses us in the landscapes and soundscapes of her twin homes of Scotland and Yorkshire – and, whether visiting the depths of Leeds’ sewers or tasting the Hebrides sea, never strays far from the sharp humour and eye for detail that her readers have come to expect. This is poetry at its very best, highly-involved writing that seems effortless; a feast of fantastic literature to warm your soul, whatever the season.

‘I love Char March’s poems. This is a fantastic collection, powerfully evocative and full of lyrical emotion.’ Francesca Martinez

‘These poems made me pay attention – and laugh. They’re wry, pithy and downright funny. They unpack into serial astonishment: each poem doorsteps you with its distinct voice and attitude.’
 Graham Mort

‘These are tender poems: tender about the repair-worker's touches to a church, the ex-soldier's feel in his lost hands, the hawk's descent on its prey. Nothing goes un-noticed and much goes celebrated, for all its pains and real weight of life, lovingly called to mind.’ Atar J Hadari

‘To read the work of Char March is always a pleasure; a rare example of a poet who never forgets her reader.’ Deborah Alma

‘These are marvellous poems; immediately engaging, witty, moving, funny and caustic they are underpinned throughout by a warm and perceptive humanity. This is a collection I will return to again and again.’
 Jo Haslam

'Char March gives individual, authentic voices to creatures and objects, tells the stories of the unheard, feeds us rich lexicons from lost times or ways of life. Her poetry is dark, earthy, salty and sometimes disturbing, with sardonic humour and exactly the right amount of compassion.’ Valerie Laws

‘I effing love Char March’s writing! Her poems invite you in. They’re sharp and tender, eccentric and beautifully crafted. Dive in and revel.’ Rosie Garland

‘Char March has a keen eye for detail. Full Stops in Winter Branches is alive with poems that capture moments of life's imperfection and moments of rare beauty. March attends to the world fully, noticing how a dog finds that land 'glitters with smells', how 'white ground is hedge-squared' to a bird. She is equally adept at praise poems and lamentations. Like the Ardnamurchan dragonfly of one poem, her project is nothing less than capturing the impossible, netting the “colour of energy”.’
Helen Mort

‘Char March’s latest collection sparkles with humour and intelligence. She has an enviable range of voices with which she surprises, moves, and shocks us. She moves dextrously between different geographies, conflicted histories, and varieties of contemporary English. Her poems brilliantly combine the poet’s cherishing of the individual word with the playwright’s understanding of the situated voice.’ Prof. John Whale, Director of the Poetry Centre, University of Leeds

‘Char’s poems are lyrical and down to earth, bawdy and beautiful. They evoke compelling images and soundscapes. One moment you laugh, the next catch your breath. A wide-ranging collection that makes you want to read the poems again and again to savour their richness.’ Jackie Kohnstamm


Char March grew up in Scotland’s run-down industrial belt in the 1960s, and now divides her time between the Yorkshire Pennines and Lochaber. She is a multi-award-winning author, with five poetry collections, six BBC Radio 4 dramas, eight stage plays, a screenplay and a short story collection to her name, as well as creative non-fiction. She lectures at universities throughout the north, and has served as a writer-in-residence across the UK and Europe.

Her new collection, Full Stops in Winter Branches, was published by Valley Press in November 2018.


Edition: First

Date Published: 2018-11-22

ISBN: 9781912436118

Catalogue Number: VP0131

Number of Pages: 80

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

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