Home Front Anthology on Radio 3
Home Front brings together four collections by four writers: Bryony Doran and Isabel Palmer (pictured top left and bottom left), both mothers of young British soldiers who served in Afghanistan; and two American poets, Jehanne Dubrow, wife of a serving US naval officer deployed to the Persian Gulf and other conflict zones, and Elyse Fenton, wife of a US army medic posted to Iraq. The book was launched on Remembrance Sunday 2016 at Dulwich Literary Festival. Bryony and Isabel read together at Poetry in Aldeburgh on 4 November 2018, alongside two others standing in for the US poets.
Isabel Palmer won the open category of ‘Writing Armistice’, the Army’s Poetry Competition 2018 for her new poem 'Shell-shock'. She was awarded the prize at a ceremony at the National Army Museum in April 2018. She read this poem at an Armistice 100 event at Salisbury Cathedral on 28 September, along with another that was commissioned especially for this event. Isabel Palmer is currently the National Army Museum’s Poet-in-Residence.
Words and Music: Women Writing War, BBC Radio 3, Sunday 11 November, 5.30pm
Poems by writers included in Bloodaxe’s Home Front anthology were read out in a special Remembrance Sunday edition of Words and Music, which focused on women who have written about war. The two British poets Bryony Doran and Isabel Palmer had poems included on the programme.
‘From the poets and journalists of WW1 to the mothers of soldiers in Afghanistan Carolyn Pickles and Lara Rossi tell of the experiences of women in warfare…. And the poets Bryony Doran and Isabel Palmer tell of their experiences of being the mothers of young soldiers in Afghanistan.’
Isabel Palmer’s poem ‘Worst-Case Scenario’ featured at 48 mins, and Bryony Doran’s ‘Snow on the Line’ at 58.22.
Two other Bloodaxe poets featured on the programme:
Moniza Alvi’s ‘How the Stone Found its Voice’ from Split World: Poems 1990-2005 also featured at 10.27, and Ruth Fainlight’s ‘Handbag’ from her New & Collected Poems at 53.58.
Click here to listen. The programme will be available on BBC Sounds until 11 December 2018:
INTERVIEWS WITH ISABEL PALMER & BRYONY DORAN
Cherwell, Friday 11 November 2016
Isabel Palmer was interviewed for a feature in the Oxford University magazine Cherwell. The piece appeared in print on 11 November 2016 and was accompanied by photographs of all four poets with work included in Home Front. The book combines the collections of four female poets on the experiences of war for those left behind. Isabel Palmer’s debut collection Atmospherics is published in Home Front alongside collections by Bryony Doran, Jehanne Dubrow and Elyse Fenton.
'The new voices in this quadruple collection are powerful, unusual and varied. They have so many stories to tell, and they are calling for listeners.' - Katherine Mennis, Cherwell
Click here to read the feature
Sheffield Telegraph, Thursday 10 November 2016
An interview with Bryony Doran ran in her local paper, the Sheffield Telegraph, on 10 November.
‘When her only son travelled to fight with the Army in Afghanistan, Sheffield writer Bryony Doran found an outlet for her feelings of uncertainty through creating poetry. Now Bryony’s collection, Bulletproof, is being published in a book called Home Front along with the work of three other female poets with husbands and sons who have served in conflict zones.’
Click here to read the article
The Yorkshire Post, Wednesday 9 November 2016
“The anthology gives the female perspective of how it feels to be at home paralysed with fear. This perspective is so very rarely told. TV reports usually focus on the war and the victims. War poets are nearly always men. I hope soldiers will read this book and find greater understanding of how the women in their lives feel. And I hope it will go on to be a classic war poetry book.” – Bryony Doran
Swindon Advertiser, Tuesday 8 November 2016
Isabel Palmer wrote an article for the Swindon Advertiser, her local paper. It was published on 8 November and was illustrated in the print edition with a specially taken photograph of Isabel holding a copy of Home Front, along with photographs of her son Harry taken in Afghanistan and her father, also named Harry, who fought in the Second World War.
'I tried black humour but I was too superstitious': Click here to read the article
A film of Isabel Palmer reading her poem 'BFPO' from her collection Atmospherics can be seen here.
[15 November 2018]