Christine McNeill

When Bloodaxe books published Kissing the Night, Christine McNeill’s first collection, she rightly won critical acclaim for her poised and searching treatment of subject matter that, as the Times Literary Supplement noted, “dwelt on the meeting point of jarring value systems”. Her style is one which “mingled influences from both German and Anglo-American literary culture”.

“The best poems in her book deal with the lingering aftermath of World War II but also with language as identity like Lowell in Life Studies McNeill, makes people and their subjects speak eloquently”.

Mark Jarman, Southern Revue

“A powerful set of poems where the emotion is restrained, yet not defused into easy irony or a penchant for ‘sassy’ endings.”

Mark Robinson, Scratch

Books by Shoestring Press:

Still Life

First and Last Music

The Scent Gallery

The Outsider