Chad Hedger and Friends

Chad Hedger and Friends

By Paul Binding

Price: £7.50

ISBN: 978-1-912524-30-3

Number of pages: 36

Paperback, 135x210mm

The poems of Chad Hedger and Friends are to be read as a sequence, however free-standing some individual poems may seem. Images, motifs, emotions, experiences—some large and dominant, others fragmentary and haunting—recur throughout the work and relate to each other. The sequence derives ultimately from key years the poet spent in his young manhood in North Yorkshire and from the effect on someone he knew there of W.B. Yeats’s poem An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, included here as appendage to the collection.

This is Paul Binding’s second solo book of poems. He is the author of five novels, of a prize-winning memoir of his early childhood in Germany, and of studies of Lorca, Eudora Welty, Ibsen and Hans Christian Andersen; he has also translated two novellas by Andersen for Angel Books. He lives in Shropshire, and his greatest interests are animals, music and the Welsh Marches where he has made his home for almost thirty years.

Critics have said of previous books:

After Brock (novel, 2012): ‘The topology is fundamental, and the lyrical descriptions of the Welsh Border and its animals a beautiful treat’ – Independent 

Hans Christian Andersen: European Witness (literary criticism and cultural history, 2014): ‘Infectiously enthusiastic and audacious…. Binding has deep insight.’ – Guardian 

The Stranger from the Sea  (novel, 2019): ‘I like the often-lyrical prose, and the subtlety with which Binding makes social statements. I also admire his willingness to tackle ambitious themes.’ – Historical Novel Review, US