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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

— Self-Portrait in the Dark Read more

Colette Bryce © Phylis Christopher 2010

Biography

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 special Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. Selected Poems, drawing on all her books, is a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, Summer 2017. She currently 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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Events

Picador Poetry

23 Aug 2017 8.15pm

Celebrating 20 years of the Picador Poetry list, editor Don Paterson is joined by Denise Riley, John Glenday, Jackie Kay, Robin Robertson and Colette Bryce. Bosco Theatre, Edinburgh Book Festival.

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