Miriam Gamble

Miriam Gamble is from Belfast. She studied at Oxford and at Queen’s University, Belfast, where she taught literature and creative writing while completing a PhD in contemporary British and Irish poetry. She is the deputy director of the MSc in Creative Writing by Online Learning at the University of Edinburgh. A pamphlet, This Man's Town, was published by tall-lighthouse in 2007; her first book-length collection The Squirrels Are Dead (Bloodaxe, 2010) won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. She has also won an Eric Gregory Award, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award, and the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize. Her second collection is Pirate Music (Bloodaxe, 2014).

Dressing Fleas

If we do not mass produce products, we vie with one another in the difficult, exquisite and useless art of dressing fleas Octavio Paz Mr and Mrs Flea are dressed up and ready for the celebrations. He sports a neatly …

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On Fancying American Film Stars

From the big screen, and larger than life for a week or two, which is all a tangent universe can stand, we take them home and introduce them to our modest living quarters. Their baby blues stare out at us …

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