The Healing Next Time

The Healing Next Time

Roy McFarlane

Price £9.99

ISBN: 9781911027454


Date: 24th June 2018

Format: Paperback

Extent: 80 pp




Roy McFarlane presents his second poetry collection The Healing Next Time, a timely and unparalleled book of interwoven sequences on institutional racism, deaths in custody and of a life story set against the ever-changing backdrop of turn-of-the-21st-century Birmingham. Here forms a potent and resolute narrative in lyrical and multidimensional poems that refuse to look the other way or accept the whitewashed version of events.


Courageous, rageful and mournful, these are poems of Black history and Black presence, poems of witness and poems of activism. McFarlane’s intricate lines make record of injustice and mark the names of those who lost their lives and dignity to prejudice and hatred. The Healing Next Time also asks vital questions of the future, and of the reader – and reminds us where to power to change things lies. It is also a poetry of personal discovery, of revelation and resilience - where Zinidine Zidane, Janet Jackson, Malcolm X and Prince rub shoulders, and the influence of Jazz and of James Baldwin infuse and shape this unique, remarkable book.





Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and spent most of his years living in Wolverhampton. He has held the role of Birmingham’s Poet Laureate and Starbucks’ Poet in Residence. Roy’s writing has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe 2012) and he is the writer and editor of Celebrate Wha? (Smokestack 2011). His first full collection of poems, Beginning With Your Last Breath, was published by Nine Arches Press in September 2016.



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