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Busy month ahead for local writer

JUNE promises to be an exciting month for Frome writer, Crysse Morrison, who findsherself with two – very different – books to launch. 

“The lockdown months were productive times for me,” says Crysse. “Although it was sad to lose the Poetry Cafe, and various writing workshops, plus having to cancel shows planned by Nevertheless Productions, these enforced self-isolations gave me an opportunity to reconnect more with my own writing.  

“In the first lockdown I wrote ThePrice of Bread, a historical novel set in Belfast in the 1970s when ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland were re-erupting, and my new novel is also set in the recent past: it’s called Blow-Ins, and the action of the story all happens in the summer of the year 2000, in southwest England.” 

Hobnob Press, who commissioned and published Crysse’s popular history of her adopted hometown, Frome Unzipped, from Prehistory to Post-Punk, also publishes her fiction, including last year, a collection of Crysse’s short stories - Deja Lu - as well as Crysse’s novels.  

Hunting Raven Bookshop will launch Blow-Ins on Tuesday 21st June at the book shop in Cheap Street, and everyone interested is invited to come along and join the event. 

Crysse has also launched her second poetry collection, called What’s It Like For You / Dance For Those Who’d Rather Not, which is actually a compilation of two pamphlet-length books, which explains its strange name.  

Crysse says, “This is the outcome of a lockdown collaboration with poet Hazel Stewart, who performed with me when she lived in Frome. As ‘Live and Lippy’, we shared our poems at various venues and events, and also made several videos with Howard Vause, which are still online.   

“Hazel lives in Cumbria now, and ironically it was lockdown that got us together again, as we were able to renew our creative friendship on Zoom. We compiled two pamphlets of our poems and Hazel offered them to Philip Hewitson of Caldew Press - who recently published a poetry collection by John Hegley – and he wanted not one but both!  Hence the double-fronted look of the book. 

“Pictures by Mel Day enhance the pages of this unusual book, which will be enjoyed by many – including those who usually ‘don’t like’ poetry!” 

Crysse’s book Blow-Ins is available from local bookshop, Hunting Raven. Her poetry book What’s It Like For You / Dance For Those Who’d Rather Not can be purchased directly from Crysse for £8.50 including postage, by emailing: crysse@crysse.com

She will also be selling the book at the Poetry Cafe at HOME (the new cafe in town) on 29th June, and at the Small Publishers Fair at the Silk Mill on 2nd July, 10am to 3pm.

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