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John's ninth collection, Being the Bad Guy, was published by Peterloo in 2007. Fourteen of its poems had previously won prizes in a variety of competitions. Yes, fourteen!  Even so, I reckon he was robbed.

'Fattish, baldish, backward-looking and provincial'; his earlier publications include Tennis and Sex and Death and Landscape With Small Humans, both from Peterloo. His Writing Poetry, from A & C Black, deals with such vital questions as : Does modern poetry have to be difficult?  Can it rhyme and is it OK to be funny?

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Alison's seventh collection is Singing in the Dark, Carcanet, 2008. 'A quiet lyricism and delight' - The Guardian.'Grace and authenticity' - Poetry London

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