135mmx210mm, paperback, 44pp
Rosemary Norman was born in London and has worked mainly as a librarian. She began writing and even publishing as a child but her first full collection, Threats and Promises, did not appear until 1991. Shoestring Press published her second collection, Italics, in 2010. Between came two pamphlets from Hearing Eye, Life on Mars and The Song of the Nobird.
With video artist Stuart Pound, she makes poetry films where the poem is image or soundtrack and sometimes both. Their work is screened regularly at film festivals and can be viewed on Vimeo.
“Reading Norman is an energising experience. Her carefully-cultivated, self-effacing voice negotiates its often dark content so intricately you find yourself feeling those mini-electric-shocks and thrills that leave you smiling to yourself at what language and rhythm can do. Her many deaths always end up celebrating life. To say she’s an oddball-original is to proffer the highest praise.” – Paul McLoughlin
“It’s rare to be reading a book cover-to-cover whilst also needing it to last longer. These poems are witty and direct and many are unforgettable, combining lightness of touch with a gentle gravity.” – John Forth