Sunday, March 27, 2011

Being Human - Bloodaxe Books

I am thrilled to announce that the new Bloodaxe Books anthology Being Human is out...
... and I am in it!

I have bought and loved Bloodaxe poetry books for years. They are beautifully prepared and presented, innovative, diverse and internationally renowned. I absolutely adore my collection, which I keep going back to. Time after time.

So when I was asked earlier this year -totally out of the blue- if I agreed to have my poem "Mother Tongue" published in Being Human I thought I HAD to be dreaming. When I eventually realised that I was actually awake, I think I replied with a "YES, pppplease..."

And so here I am: in the same anthology as Yehuda Amichai, Paul Celan, Pablo Neruda, Sharon Olds, Sylvia Plath... to mention a few of my idols. I think I could still be dreaming. Please don't wake me up.

But do buy the book, and read poems about living in the modern world, poems that will touch your heart, stir your mind. Poems about being human, about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder.


"Being Human" is the third book in the "Staying Alive" poetry trilogy. "Staying Alive" and its sequel "Being Alive" have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry. "Being Human" is a companion volume to those two books - a world poetry anthology offering poetry lovers an  international selection of 'real poems for unreal times'.

'Being Human, the final volume in Bloodaxe's acclaimed trilogy of anthologies, edited by Neil Astley...the first, Staying Alive (2002), ably demonstrated the power of a well-constructed anthology to introduce readers to vital new poets. I'll be expecting a copy of this one under my tree next Christmas morning' – Sarah Crown, Guardian.


  1. kudos! I haven't read the poem - its title tickles me as it's both like & unlike that of my upcoming book - so this is my chance. Well done!

  2. Wow, congratulations!! I will buy the book right now...

  3. Bravo Nora!!!! So it turns out that the world start to conceive what I knew for years now - that you are a great poet!!!

  4. Wow - you are in good company but you certainly deserve to be there .. great news xx