Runner-up for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2016
Miriam Nash spent her early years on the Isle of Erraid off the west coast of Scotland, where Robert Louis Stevenson’s family once worked as lighthouse engineers. Voices of the island echo through her first collection, All the Prayers in the House, which holds at its heart the rupture and re-imagining of a family.
Bold, honest, playful and inventive, the collection travels far from its coastal beginnings, crossing the Atlantic, visiting a women’s prison and a 17th-century ladies dictionary. Here are poems of ritual and transgression, safety and danger. They take the form of songs, letters, fragments, formal verse – many kinds of prayer perhaps, for many kinds of storm.
'Miriam Nash’s work is thematically satisfying, energetic and dynamic. These anarchic poems are the product of an original and febrile mind. A blast.' – Jackie Kay, Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2016
'Miriam Nash's poems provide pleasure through the variety and veracity of their subject matter, her insight and freshness of approach, and the warmth she breathes into them. Through subtle shifts of key and perspective they remain touchingly accessible, whether recapturing girlhood fears and vulnerabilities or creating semi-dream worlds, as when corresponding with RLS. Equally at ease with a broken line and traditional ballad form, her often quirky ways of seeing are enhanced by the lightsomeness of a songstress.' – Stewart Conn, Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2016
‘An already mature voice exploring with great precision our painstaking routines.’ – Daljit Nagra
Miriam Nash live at Ledbury Poetry Festival
Miriam Nash won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry in 2015 and read at Ledbury Poetry Festival in the annual Gregory Poets reading. The following day she got married. Exactly two years later she returned to Ledbury to launch her first collection, All the Prayers in the House, including the poem she recited at her wedding, ‘Love Song for a Keeper’. She shared a platform at Ledbury with Kayo Chingonyi on 8 July 2017. This video shows Miriam's complete set at Ledbury.
Miriam Nash reads 'Love Song for a Keeper
‘Love Song for a Keeper’ is the poem Miriam Nash wrote for her wedding in 2015. Now it’s included in her first collection, All the Prayers in the House. Here she reads the poem at the book’s launch reading at Ledbury Poetry Festival on 8 July 2017.