Hers are original poems, scrupulous, unflashy, meditative, pushing at the ineffable, peculiarly inside language, earning their hard-won spiritual insights and flaring with sudden illuminations that are sustaining for all of us. --Michael Laskey, Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
What is most attractive about her work is that she is never solemn about the spiritual life which fascinates her. --Helen Dunmore, Observer
Gillian Allnutt is a quietly original poet who has followed an uncompromising path. In its inwardness, its emblematic use of nature and its intense spiritual quest, her poetry is in the line of Hopkins and Geoffrey Hill. Her tone and verbal music is quite her own. --Peter Forbes, Contemporary Writers
About the Author
Gillian Allnutt won the Northern Rock Foundation Writer's Award in 2005. Her collections Nantucket and the Angel and Lintel were both shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and Lintel was a Poetry Book Society Choice. How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2007), draws on six published books plus new work. She has also published Berthing: A Poetry Workbook (NEC/Virago, 1991), and was co-editor of The New British Poetry (Paladin, 1988) and formerly poetry editor of City Limits. She lives in Co. Durham.