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Seasons of the Heart


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'One of Scotland's most accomplished literary talents' The Times

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Alan Spence is an award winning poet, playwright, novelist and short story writer. His awards include the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award, the Macallan Short Story Prize and the McVitie Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. He is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen, where he is also Artistic Director of the annual WORD Festival.


The 150 pieces in this exquisite collection take the reader through the unfolding beauty of the passing seasons, their fleeting delights presented in a pleasing pocket-size format. Scotland on Sunday How much pure energy can be packed into a book that fits into a hand, a book so small it will slip easily into a back pocket? Seasons of theHeart, Alan Spence's first poetry collection since Glasgow Zen, testifies in 150 haiku to the sheer potential of the small. It is a reminder of the power of simplicity ... Seasons of the Heart becomes a meditative and sustained delivery of both energy and purity. Spence is a calm and necessary visionary ... This is Spence in essence, all openness of instinct and imagination. -- Ali Smith The Herald One of Scotland's most accomplished literary talents. The Times

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