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Malcolm Carson: Poet


Publisher: Shoestring Press
Date: 2007
Price: £8.95
ISBN: 978 1 904886 53 2

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Take Five

with Ann Atkinson, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, George Parfitt, Deborah Tyler-Bennett

Publisher: Shoestring Press
Date: 2003
Price: £5.00
ISBN: 1 899549 90 0

Rangi Changi

Publisher: Shoestring Press
Date: 2010
Price: £9.00
ISBN: 978 1 907356 18 6


“Musical, resigned, sensuous… So persuasive is Carson’s voice.”
Nigel Jarrett, Acumen

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Lines and Levels, ed. Barrie Wade, Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts, 1972.

To Build a Bridge, ed. Douglas Dunn, Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts, 1982.

Miracle and Clockwork, ed. Michael Standen, Other Poetry, 2005.

The Nottingham Collection, ed. John Lucas, Five Leaves Press, 2005.

Both Sides of Hadrian's Wall, ed. Robert Leach, Selkirk Lapwing Press, 2006.

Speaking English – poems for John Lucas, ed. Andy Croft, Five Leaves Press, 2007.

The Cockermouth Poets 1700-2012, ed. Michael Baron, Octogenary Press, 2012.

Cleethorpes Comes to Paris

Publisher: Shoestring Press
Date: 2014
Price: £5.00
ISBN: 978 1 907356 60 5

Cleethorpes Comes to Paris is a sequence of poems recounting and recalling the first trip to not just a foreign country but to a culture that held compelling images and philosophies for a generation. Two sample poems can be found in the Poems section.


“The poems record and recreate small vivid moments… carefully-crafted and well-observed poems.”
Thomas Ovans, London Grip

Skye Winter

Date: 2016
Price: £3.00

In December 2015, I had a writing week in Ellishadder on the Trotternish peninsula in Skye. The result was a series of poems which appear in Route Choice, with illustrations by Stuart Quigley.

We have now produced a folding booklet with just the poems and illustrations. They are available as gifts in the their own right.

Copies are available from me at £3 including p&p. Please get in touch. A great gift!

Route Choice

Publisher: Shoestring Press
Date: 2016
Price: £10.00
ISBN: 978 1 910323 50 2

Review (extract):

Malcolm Carson neatly catches our attention in the first poem of his new collection Route Choice. ‘Bookmark’ is based on the rather familiar device of memory triggered by a rediscovered photograph. From a book that has long been

left quiet and unbothered, out slips
a photo of myself, my sister,
long since lost.

I like the passing thought that a book might be bothered by being taken down from a shelf; but more disturbing is the subtle suggestion that it might be the sister herself – rather than merely her picture – who is destined subsequently to be lost.

- London Grip (read the full review here)

The Where And When

Publisher: Shoestring Press
Date: 2019
Price: £10.00
ISBN: 978 1 912524 31 0

Review (extract):

The book as a whole is notable for its clarity and consistency. Carson has a good ear for rhythm and cadence and the poems have the calm assurance of a poet who has found his own voice and is comfortable in his own style… enjoyable poems in this very enjoyable book.

- Stephen Claughton in London Grip (read the full review here)

Malcolm Carson has a way of enthralling us with his delivery…. There is much to admire in this collection. Carson engages the reader with his variety and choice of subject matter and his finely crafted lines. The Where and When is worth returning to again and again.

- Neil Leadbeater in The High Window (read the full review here)