Red Squirrel Press
SAMPO: HEADING FURTHER NORTH (RED SQUIRREL PRESS)
Following a ten year exchange with Finnish poets, this is Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby's take on the Kalevela legend.
The two poets journey in and out if the myth connecting to bardic heroes, the origins of iron and contemporary North Eastern realities in rapidly shifting perspectives and tones ranging from the tragic heroic to the comic pathetic
A selection of praise for Sampo: Heading Further North
"Sampo is a sparkingly original work from the North East that interweaves myth and reality across two cultures brilliantly. The fusion of words and soundscape allows this two-man verbal rollercoaster to shine at their very best!"
Claire Morgan , Apples & Snakes
"The icy tracts of Finland and the industrial heartlands of north-east England certainly seem to have found a common voice in a poetic performance which kept us spellbound. The insistent choruses ("the iron in the blood points north") and the quality of the music which overlaid the poetry make this a sort of Waste Land for the 21st century."
Andy Humphrey , The Speakers Corner , York Literature Festival
"A collection that casts spells like sparks from a blacksmith's anvil. Memorable, haunting and insightful."
Rob Nichols , The Evening Gazette
Publication price £7.99 + £2.00 postage