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Who Goes There?

by Penny Boxall

New collection by the acclaimed poet.

‘The lookout hails
into the weather.

We hear no words
but catch his meaning’

Halt! Who Goes There? Penny Boxall’s second collection throws light on the mysterious strangers we glimpse, and turns that same light on ourselves. From shadows lost to history to forgotten possessions and our own past identities, these poems consider questions of selfhood and the ways in which we can be peripheral in our own lives.

Praise for Penny Boxall:

‘Beautifully crafted’ Jackie Kay

‘Rich and substantial’ Andrew Forster

‘Generous and engaging’ Michael Laskey

Praise for Who Goes There?:

'Penny Boxall is a poet of the particular and strange, and her work in Who Goes There? often takes oddities as a launch pad – a wartime stunt by the secret services, or a Ravensburger jigsaw spilling out across a road – before alighting on further peculiarities through her delightfully finicky manipulation of thought and language... This collection is all nipped livery and briskness and comes with the lasting sting of the true poet. It will be fascinating to see where Penny Boxall goes next.' Andrew Neilson, Magma


Penny Boxall was born in 1987. Her debut collection of poetry, Ship of the Line, was first published in 2014 and relaunched in a new edition by Valley Press in 2018, alongside her second collection Who Goes There?

She won the 2016 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and the Elmet Trust Competition, and holds an MA with distinction in Creative Writing (Poetry) from UEA. In 2017, she became writer-in-residence at Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire and a Hawthornden Fellow. Her poem 'A wedding list' won the Mslexia/PBS Women's Poetry Competition 2018.


Edition: First

Date Published: 2018-09-07

ISBN: 9781912436064

Catalogue Number: VP0126

Number of Pages: 48

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

Cover photo by Rich Vintage Photography

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