LAUNCH: The Department Of Work And Pensions Assesses A Jade Fish - Nuala Watt

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LAUNCH: The Department Of Work And Pensions Assesses A Jade Fish - Nuala Watt
Nuala Watt is a disability activist and Quaker based in Glasgow. She has taught English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Her poems have appeared on BBC Radio and in magazines including Bad Lilies, Ink, Sweat and Tears, and Wordgathering. She views poetry as a form of activism and a method of thinking. The Department of Work and Pensions Assesses a Jade Fish is her first full collection. Nuala’s poems lead us through the bureaucratic labyrinth of government assessment, the anxious joy of expecting a child and, with verve and originality, the realities of being a disabled parent. The book isn’t only about disability though. It’s about authenticity, justice, passion – life in dynamic fullness – conveyed in verse that is formally astute and spiritually attuned. It’s about anger, hope, frustration, love, and “how to take up a life and walk away.”
Dan O’Brien is an American playwright, poet, essayist, and librettist. His most prominent works have been the play The Body of an American and the poetry collection War Reporter. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2015–16. His play The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage was the winner of the 2018 PEN America Award for Drama. O'Brien's fourth poetry collection, Our Cancers, was published by Acre Books in 2021. Stephen Wilson in the Times Literary Supplement wrote: "[O’Brien] has produced an exquisite and terrible beauty in these pages." Survivor's Notebook (poems), From Scarsdale (memoir), and True Story (plays) were all published in 2023. His work has appeared internationally in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Rob A. Mackenzie is from Glasgow and lives in Leith. He studied theology at New College in Edinburgh and played guitar and saxophone in the jangly indie band, Pure Television. He has published two poetry pamphlets and four full collections. The Book of Revelation, his third collection, was published in 2020 during lockdown and Woof! Woof! Woof! was published in July 2023 - both books from Salt Publishing. His poems, articles, reviews and translations have appeared in many literary magazines, and his work has been translated into French, Italian and Czech. For ten years, he was reviews editor of Magma Poetry magazine. He runs Blue Diode Press.
Sophie Cooke is an award-winning short story writer, novelist and poet. She was brought up in Kilmahog, near Callander. In 2000, her short story Why You Should Not Put Your Hand Through The Ice won runner-up prize in the MacAllan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition. Her first novel The Glass House (2004) was published by Random House and shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of The Year Award. A second novel Under the Mountain was published in 2008. She is currently working on a novel, a novela, and a poetry chapbook/pamphlet on themes of journey and pilgrimage.

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