Aunts Come Armed with Welsh Cakes
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Aunts Come Armed with Welsh Cakes

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Selected by Carol Ann Duffy 

for the Laureate's Choice Collection 2019 (II)


In this moreish collection Welsh cakes come to represent secrets and things which remain unsaid in an atmosphere of dark domesticity. Nevertheless, Thirza Clout finds humour and delight in the absurdities of ‘normal life’.




Thirza Clout’s poems admit us in to a life full of characters and family members, particularly women; the many aunts who make Welsh cakes and their darker deeds as well. Intimacy, love and all the difficulties that come alongside them are played out here, with an eye for bright details and an ear for lyrical story-telling.

– Suzannah Evans

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