A brilliant and eclectic new collection from the Forward Prize-winning poet.
Ian Duhig worked with homeless people for fifteen years before devoting himself to writing activities full-time. He has won the Forward Best Poem Prize once and the National Poetry Competition twice. His last two books with Picador, The Lammas Hireling (2003) and The Speed of Dark (2007), were both PBS Choices and shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. His most recent short story appeared in The New Uncanny, winner of the Shirley Jackson Best Anthology Award for 2008, and his most recent musical collaboration, with the Clerks early music consort, on their CD Don't Talk - just listen! (Signum, 2009). He lives in Leeds with his wife Jane and their son Owen.
An undoubtedly stimulating, thoroughly entertaining collection. .
.one of Duhig's charms is that, for all his learning, he retains
humility -- Kathryn Gray * Magma Review *
Ian is a one-off, a true original. In The Blind Roadmaker he charts the journeys of 18th century blind Jack Metcalf who learned to read by feeling headstones faces as well as those of today's dispossessed with a hat's off empathy, wit and intelligence -- Jackie Kay * Herald *