Blake Morrison

Blake Morrison was born in Burnley, and grew up in Skipton. His outstanding collection is This Poem …, published by smith|doorstop in October 2013. Other books include two bestselling memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father and Things My Mother Never Told Me; a children’s book, The Yellow House; several play adaptations and libretti; and three novels, including South of the River (2007) and The Last Weekend (2010). He lives in south London and is Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College.

A Discoverie of Witches, a collaboration between smith|doorstop and Lancaster Litfest, was published in 2012.

His latest collection of poems, Shingle Street, was published by Chatto & Windus in February 2015.


Reviews

'Morrison brings delicately descriptive gifts and an alert intellect to his survey of the contemporary world' – The Scotsman


'One of our most sensitive and stylish writers.'  – Sunday Times


'Blake Morrison is a bloody marvel – you should read everything that carries his name.' – Tony Parsons 


'In Morrison’s remarkable new book, A Discoverie of Witches, history is by no means transcended; but rather past, present and future co-exist, interact, clash, overlay one another, to the point that some of his poems become temporal palimpsests.' — Jonathan Taylor, Iota

Blake Morrison reads from his memoir, And When Did You Last See Your Father


OLD WITCHES

The more blind, deaf, lame, arthritic,
hairy-chinned, bowbacked and incontinent,
the greater the power they have.
Their bony hands encircle your wrist,
their lips issue instructions,
Light the oven, let the cat in, sweep the floor,
Fetch that box of potions from my dresser,
and you do, how can you not,
till the day your patience runs out.
Once they were hanged or drowned.
Today it’s more subtle:
a pillow when no one’s looking
or an overdose of morphine
– a kindness to them as well as to you.

— A Discoverie of Witches (2012)

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