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To sleep, perchance
to dream? No chance:
it’s 4 a.m. and I’m wakeful
as an animal,
caught between your presence and the lack.
This is the realm insomniac

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Colette Bryce © Phylis Christopher 2010


Colette Bryce is a poet from Derry, Northern Ireland. She has published four poetry collections including The Full Indian Rope Trick (Picador, 2004) and Self-Portrait in the Dark (2008). Her latest, The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), was awarded a Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. Selected Poems, drawing on all her books, is a PBS Special Commendation and winner of the Pigott Prize for Poetry 2018. Colette lives in the north of England where she works as a freelance writer and editor. She received the Cholmondeley Award for poetry in 2010.

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Inspire Festival Nottingham

Sat 28 Sept 7.30pm

Poetry Readings
Colette Bryce & Nafeesa Hamid

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