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Bone Ovation

by Caroline Hardaker

'But our bones are the same, I grant you, our bones are the same.'

Bird, beast or man, we each have the same element at our core: bones. While our forms may change, the bones always remain – and in this thrilling debut, the poet celebrates their beauty and structure through folk tales, philosophy, daydreams and night terrors.

Aided by a host of characters including a girl who fell in love with a mountain, a woman who can only ever look at you sideways, and a man made of bees, within this slim volume Caroline Hardaker creates a dozen unforgettable worlds entirely her own.

'Unforgettably arresting.'
– Travelling Man

'The poems in Bone Ovation are simultaneously soothing and sinister. Each piece here is its own myth – myths that have waited for the right poet to come along before they could be told. Prepare to be transported, disturbed, and enchanted.'
– Kate Garrett

'Bone Ovation is brilliantly observed and refreshingly unique. The kind of poetry I love!'
– Stephen Daniels, Amaryllis


Caroline Hardaker was born in the North East in 1986, and has lived there ever since, mostly in Newcastle. By day she writes for a fair trade organisation, and by night she is a successful fibre art sculptor, popular with collectors around the world. She always carries a rucksack with her, in case she should be swept off on an adventure. Her debut pamphlet of poetry, Bone Ovation, was published by Valley Press in October 2017.


Edition: Paperback

Date Published: 2017-10-05

ISBN: 9781908853899

Catalogue Number: VP0106

Number of Pages: 36

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

Cover illustration by Ben Hardaker

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