[08/09/2022] Outlandish by Jo Clement

[08/09/2022] Outlandish by Jo Clement

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Bloodaxe Books, paperback

Publication Date: August 9, 2022

Publisher Marketing: Jo Clement's first collection confronts Romantic impressions of British Gypsy or Roma ethnicity and lyrically lays them to rest. From Wordsworth to TV's Top Gear, her poems invite us to consider notions of otherness, trespass, and craft. She steps between ancient stopping places and mardy council estates to trill elegiac Romanes, English, and birdsong about witches, wild camping, and Silver Cross prams. Compelled by a brutal Roma diasporic legacy, Outlandish tenderly praises the poem-as-protest and illuminates a hidden and threatened culture. Born in Darlington in 1986, Jo Clement received a scholarship to gain a PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. She has published two pamphlets, including Moveable Type (2020). She is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Northumbria University, Editor of Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine, and founded the imprint Wagtail with support from the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC).