A Whistling of Birds

A Whistling of Birds

Isobel Dixon

ISBN: 978-1-913437-72-5

eISBN: 978-1-913437-73-2

Price: £12.99

Publication date: 22nd June 2023

Format: Paperback / eBook

A Whistling of Birds by Isobel Dixon pays close and striking attention to our threatened natural world, with echoes and glimpses from other nature-honouring writers and artists as well. The book began as a group of creature-focused poems, with illustrations by Douglas Robertson, after a conversation about D.H. Lawrence’s Birds, Beasts and Flowers and will be published ahead of the 100th anniversary of Lawrence’s iconic collection.


Isobel Dixon grew up in South Africa and studied inEdinburgh. Her debut collection, Weather Eye, won the Olive Schreiner Prize in South Africa. Recent works include a pamphlet, The Leonids, published by Mariscat and a collection, Bearings, published by Nine Arches (who also re-issued her earlier collections A Fold in the Map and The Tempest Prognosticator). Readings of her work are recorded on the Poetry Archive.

Her next collection, A Whistling of Birds, will be published by Nine Arches in June 2023. The book will contain a selection of images by Scottish artist Douglas Robertson, part of an exhibition to accompany publication. Isobel’s poems have appeared in manyinternational publications including The Paris Review, Magma, The Dark Horse, Bad Lilies, Anthropocene, Finished Creatures, Poetry Birmingham LiteraryJournal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Scotsman, New Statesman, New Contrast, The Hudson Review, Harvard Review and Prairie Schooner.


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