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The Past is Just a Tale We Tell

by Iona Lee


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SKU: 9781846976322 Category:
ISBN: 9781846976322
Published: 06 Jul 2023
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
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About the Book

Iona Lee’s debut collection charts the journey of the writer, artist and performer into adulthood. Written in a unique voice, Iona playfully toys with thematic devices in this entertaining exploration of art and artifice, absence and impermanence, truth and tale telling. Characterised by a deep love of language, its music and its magic, these poems reflect on memory, the future and other hauntings. Wittily observed, this collection is an attempt to connect the stars into tidy constellations, and to join the tiny, inchoate dots of self into something traceable and translatable. Humorous and self-aware, gentle and philosophical, The Past Is Just a Tale We Tell is written in the knowledge that in telling one’s life-story, one creates it.

The Author

Iona Lee

Iona Lee is a writer of poetry and non-fiction, an artist, illustrator and spoken-word performer from Edinburgh. She has been a prominent member of Scotland’s live poetry scene for almost ten years, appearing on radio and television, and reading her work in venues and on festival stages across the UK and Europe, including Glastonbury, the Albert Hall and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Iona has been published extensively, in newspapers, anthologies and journals, with poetry appearing in Hachette’s Poems from a Green and Blue Planet, the Scotsman and Gutter Magazine, and with essays and articles in Bella Caledonia, the Skinny and a recent anthology of contemporary writings on witchcraft – The Modern Craft. Iona is the frontwoman of a band called Acolyte, whose single The Black Cat was a BBC Radio Scotland single of the week in 2021. She is currently studying for an MFA in Art & Philosophy. Her pamphlet (Polygon, 2018) was shortlisted for a Saltire Award, and in 2022 her upcoming debut collection was shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Follow her at @ionaleepoetry.

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