William Scammell

Some time before his death in 2000, the poet William Scammell began to put together a collection of his critical essays and reviews to which he gave the title Night Watch. Many of these pieces had first appeared in such prestigious places as The Independent on Sunday, Listener, London Magazine, Poetry Review and TLS, whose editors rightly saw in Scammell one of the sharpest, most entertaining and independent-minded critics of his generation.

Although Scammell died before the collection could assume final shape, this has now been supplied by his son, Ben, and by Scammell’s friend, the poet and translator Christopher Pilling.

Books by Shoestring Press:

Nightwatch: Selected Essays