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by Patrick Lodge

'Put on your dancing shoes, step out, trot a tricksy measure with me.'

Shenanigans is the highly-anticipated second collection by award-winning poet Patrick Lodge. From the Irish sionnachuighim, meaning “I play the fox,” ‘shenanigans’ can be found throughout this cleverly crafted collection – in wry remark and delicate wordplay, in the interweaving of distinct landscapes and voices. At once familiar and strange, Lodge’s poems are rich in detail and narrative – astute observations that transport the reader to a whole new world with each turn of the page.

'In rich, muscular language, Patrick Lodge transports us from the familiar world of Roger the Dodger and a spa pool aqua aerobics class to distant shores: Italy, Vietnam, Cambodia, Anglesey, Australia. In these observant, evocative poems he sketches whole worlds in his confident free verse.'
— Carole Bromley

‘From the local baths to the Berlin Wall, to Greece, Africa and Saigon, in this collection Patrick Lodge rounds up the precise, scattered moments that make us all human.'
— Oz Hardwick

'Patrick Lodge writes beautifully about the edges of humanity, the borders, the places where humans become animals … a fascinating journey.'
— Brendan McCormack

'Here is bedrock precision; words chosen with thought, not for effect; because they are ‘right’ words... The poet’s craft is everywhere admirable, and the content is equally so.'
— Wendy Klein, The High Window


Patrick Lodge was born in Wales, lives in Yorkshire and travels on an Irish passport. His poetry has been published, anthologised and translated in several countries including India, Australia, the USA and Vietnam. Recent competition successes include a commendation in the 2018 Gregory O’Donoghue International Competition, plus shortlistings for the 2018 Leeds Poetry Peace Prize, the inaugural Trim Poetry Prize in 2019, and the Poetry On The Lake competition 2019. He won the Red House Poets/Blackwater poetry competition, 2019. He has read by invitation at poetry festivals and events in the UK, Ireland, Orkney, Kosovo and Italy.

His first collection An Anniversary of Flight was published by Valley Press in 2013. His second, Shenanigans, followed in 2016, and a third, Remarkable Occurrences, in 2019.


Edition: Paperback

Date Published: 2016-04-14

ISBN: 9781908853707

Catalogue Number: VP0087

Number of Pages: 82

Cover illustration by Denise Phelps

Cover design by Rosa Campbell

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