The Dancers of Colbek


“The Dancers of Colbek once again shows us how engaging a writer Bedford is. The poems have wonderful narratives and the imagery is always spot-on and immensely entertaining.” ~ Keith Hutson, Poetry Salzburg Review 36 (Winter 2020)

“Bedford is adept at capturing the fine detail and emotional registers of a type of small community life that will resonate with many readers” ~ Yusef Sayed, in Lincolnshire Life, December 2020

“Not a pastoral idyll, but a heritage of traditions and pastures is celebrated in this collection…” ~ Janice Dempsey, in The High Window

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“Bedford makes the past fully present in this clear, resonant and thoroughly engaging book” ~ Stephen Claughton, in London Grip Poetry Review

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From the medieval dancers of Robert Mannyng’s Handlyng Synne to Wesley, Tennyson, Lawrence and John Clare, William Bedford’s The Dancers of Colbek explores his own early years among the market towns and seacoasts of Lincolnshire. There are prize-winning poems from his family’s history of farming, and a sequence of poems voicing John Clare’s experience of poverty and dispossession during the enclosures. The decline of rural ways of life is shown against a background of the arrival of American forces in the 1960s, their nuclear weapons dominating the landscapes where medieval dancers once celebrated pagan rites in midnight graveyards.

The author: William Bedford is an award-winning poet, short-story writer and novelist.

William Bedford. Paperback, 210 x 135 mm, 90 pages, January 2020


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