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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. Her poetry has been read live on BBC Radio and published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including MagmaThe Interpreters HouseShoreline of Infinity, and in anthologies from The Emma Press. When she’s not writing poetry, she’s also a novelist, occasional librettist, and fibre artist – her sculptures have been sold to collectors around the world. You'll normally see her carrying a backpack, just in case she's swept off on an adventure.

Caroline’s debut pamphlet, Bone Ovation, was published by Valley Press in 2017, and a full-length collection, Little Quakes Every Day, followed in November 2020. Her debut novel, Composite Creatures, will be published in May 2021 (Angry Robot Books).


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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