Rebecca Sharp

"This rich and complex interplay of voice and landscape questions and celebrates the transitory and evanescent. Complementing Anna King's unpeopled, delicately luminous paintings, Rebecca Sharp's poems evoke buried layers of human existence from the no-man's-land that lies between urban and rural ... The evanescent, shifting quality of these landscapes is underpinned by the poet's skilful use of line-breaks, suggestive of the ambiguities of time and place ... The poems continually question, hedge themselves in brackets, revise, go back on their tracks, offering the reader places where identities shift and cross over, where borrowed lives can strive for understanding like striking flint for fire.

Impossible not to be moved by these restless, shifting poems with their precise yet tender  observation of decay and disrepair ... This is a beautifully balanced work, a collection that is both unnervingly strange yet also life-affirmingly human."

 

Rebecca has been a guest several times on BBC Radio Scotland, Radio Merseyside, Radio Cumbria and on BBC Radio 3's The Verb; reading, performing and talking about her work.

"Sharp's powerful dramatic poem for two voices ...

What Sharp has created is a grave, powerful and richly contemporary event, inspired by the special power of Scotlands far western landscape, and brave enough to bring these two mighty languages alongside one another. It should be seen across Scotland, not least in those areas where Gaelic still lives, breathes, and has the power to change."

 

 

The Scotsman - Joyce MacMillan on Little Forks, March 2013:

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Anna Crowe, poet and translator - on Unmapped, Jan. 2013: