New book! Lessons for an Apprentice Eel Catcher

Lessons for an Apprentice Eel Catcher, Alex Toms. Published by Dunlin Press
Lessons for an Apprentice Eel Catcher, Alex Toms. Published by Dunlin Press

Dunlin Press are delighted to launch Alex Toms’ debut poetry collection, Lessons for an Apprentice Eel Catcher, at The Wivenhoe Bookshop on Thursday 11th October 2018.

In this stunning, otherworldly collection of poetry, Alex Toms introduces us to a troupe of curious characters to explore themes of love, womanhood and sex. At the centre of this collection is the eel catcher, a shadowy figure who lives on the fringes of everyday experience. The eel catcher weaves willow traps, and tales of folklore and magic, evoking an East Anglia inhabited by poachers, witches and ghosts.

In her poems, Toms skilfully summons the uncanny, and out of it draws a slithering sense with which we are all familiar. Here are all the snares of life, and also perhaps, a spell that could set us free.

 Lessons for an Apprentice Eel Catcher, Alex Toms. Published by Dunlin Press
Lessons for an Apprentice Eel Catcher, Alex Toms. Published by Dunlin Press

The poems are accompanied by specially commissioned individual paper-cut illustrations and bespoke photography.

Lessons for an Apprentice Eel Catcher, Alex Toms. Published by Dunlin Press
Lessons for an Apprentice Eel Catcher, Alex Toms. Published by Dunlin Press

Alex Toms is a repeat winner in national poetry competitions and in 2015 was Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year. She is widely published in magazines, journals and anthologies. Find out more about the launch here.

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