Butcher’s Dog 14 Launch

Butcher’s Dog is a brilliant poetry magazine published in the North East of England. I’m delighted to have a poem in Issue 14, edited with care and precision by Jo Clement and Aoife Lyall, both excellent poets in their own right.

At the launch the Editors talked about how the poems in this issue ‘bridge’ or connect people across times and places, particularly important in the pandemic we are all living through.

My poem “I Crossed the Humber Bridge Without Paying” was inspired by a beautiful photograph of the bridge by Andrew Edwards.

The cover of the magazine extends the theme of connection and absence, featuring ‘Untitled (Bench) 19’ by Narbi Price from his stunning series The Lockdown Paintings (available to buy as a book of 40 paintings from his website).

So many excellent poets and friends read at the sold-out Launch of Issue 14, which made me realise, again, the strength and importance of the poetry community, especially in times like these. Butcher’s Dog is not-for-profit and the editorial team is unpaid. They rely on revenue from magazines and ticket sales to keep printing the magazine – so ‘give the dog a bone’ and buy a copy of Issue 14 – or even better, a subscription!

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