The Blue Armchair – Publishing on 21st February 2024 – pre order your copy now


‘A complicated mother provides the impetus for these beautifully crafted poems. The poet moves from a fractured childhood to maturity with honesty and intelligence.  A first-rate volume of poetry.  Do read it!’ —  Myra Cottingham

‘This mosaic of poems, a loving attempt to gather the shards of life of a tantalising woman. The writer uses a very delicate touch in evoking amusing, disturbing and richly rewarding moments in the life of a diasporic family’ — Elke Asmus

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In The Blue Armchair, his third collection, John Froy seeks to rediscover his mother after her death in poems widely and wildly various. But which mother? The inspiring painter he hardly saw, a reckless mother he saw too much of? Or an ill, unhappy woman? These complications provide the background, but others too often take centre stage. We meet father, siblings, step-parents, a grandmother and a tragic grandfather, lovers and friends.

In poems written over twenty years that don’t flinch from pain, loss, and mental health issues, we also find much family love, art, colour, scented flowers, food and wine. We travel across the world, encounter the earth mother, Gaia, get up to hear the dawn chorus. An artist stepfather shines through, as we end with the joys in being a grandfather.

About the author: John Froy was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the West Country, He went to art school, travelled widely, and taught English as a Foreign Language. He settled in Reading with his wife and daughter and set up a decorating business. He ran the local publisher Two Rivers Press for a number of years. A prize-winning poet, author of four memoirs about his childhood, student, teaching and travelling years, his work has appeared in anthologies and journals. The Blue Armchair is his third poetry collection.

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