Memories of a Swedish Grandmother

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Feminist, philosophical and linguistically playful poems on identity, motherhood and the family from the perspective of a someone with a mixed cultural heritage.

In her debut colllection, Sarah Windebank explores her Swedish roots, and especially the influence of Mormor, her grandmother, who brought her up until she was sixteen. Growing up in a household where her mother and grandmother always spoke to each other in a foreign language, but never taught her, she picked up ‘glittering fragments, rather like a magpie’. With nods to Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Bishop, this is an immersive collection of poetry full of accent and domestic detail, at once foreign and familiar.

SPOTLIGHT is an Arts Council England-supported collaboration between Myriad, Creative Future and New Writing South to discover, guide and support marginalised and under-represented writers.

In the same series: Cora Vincent by Georgina Aboud; Stroking Cerberus by Jacqueline Haskell; Summon by Elizabeth Ridout; Crumbs by Ana Tewson-Bozic and The Haunting of Strawberry Water by Tara Gould.

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