Book Launch: Real Boys by Thomas Stewart

Thomas Stewart – Real Boys 

 The Portobello Bookshop

30th July 2024, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

This event will take place in the bookshop with an in-person audience.

Vouchers can be redeemed on the night of the event against a single copy of Real Boys – we will have a list of attendees with vouchers to be redeemed. Please note that only one voucher can be redeemed per book.

About Real Boys:

This collection is a visceral depiction of the difficult love between a father and son and what happens when that love is lost. In his debut, Thomas Stewart examines the death of his father whilst exploring questions of grief, guilt, mental health, identity, sexuality and masculinity.

As these poems unfold a hallway of mirrors is created, with father-son relationships from art, cinema and Welsh mythology expanded and rethought. From Space Jam to The MabinogionThe Babadook to Ivan the Terrible, this collection grapples what it means to be a father, a son and a self. Subverting the notions of gender, Stewart addresses the damage of old stereotypes, the passage of generational trauma and questions how we might change.

Here, father and son yearn, kill, retreat, die, grieve, turn to stone, are brought back from the dead. Here, sunflowers compete in fashion contests, bees nestle in beards, apple seeds birth ragged-robins. Here, suns give license to grief, witches rest in the crib and moths lead the way to the dead. At its core, Real Boys explores the crushing weight of grief and how we might just live with it.

Please note: Tickets for our events are non-refundable. Professional photography and videography may take place during this event. Thank you for your understanding.

Thomas Stewart studied at the University of South Wales and creative writing at the University of Warwick and in Milan. In 2021, he was awarded a New Writers Award from Scottish Book Trust where he was mentored by Clare Askew. In 2020, he was Highly Commended in the Verve Poetry Competition, and his poem was included in the anthology, We’ve Done Nothing Wrong, We’ve Nothing to Hide (Verve Poetry Press, 2020). Thomas is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Based on a True Story (fourteen poems, 2022). Empire of Dirt (Red Squirrel Press, 2019), a Poetry Book Society selection.

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Tuesday 30 Jul 2024
The Portobello Bookshop, Edinburgh. United Kingdom