Living by Troubled Waters

Living by Troubled Waters 

Roy McFarlane

ISBN: 9781913437541

eISBN: 9781913437558

Price: £9.99


Publication date: 6th October 2022

Format: Paperback

Extent: 72pp

DCF: Poetry Collections


Living by Troubled Waters is the third collection of poetry by acclaimed poet and current National Canal Laureate Roy McFarlane – an extraordinary book exploring the legacies of slavery and colonialism, place and displacement, social justice, equality, Black motherhood and family, art, and the healing power of poetry as a witness to our troubled times.



Roy McFarlane is a Poet, Playwright and former Youth & Community Worker born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage spending most of his years living in Wolverhampton and the Black Country, now residing in Brighton. Roy is Canal Laureate for Britain, and Birmingham & Midlands Institute Poet in Residence, as well as being the former Birmingham Poet Laureate. From Amsterdam to Philadelphia, Roy has shared his passion for social justice, equality, identity, love and the healing power of poetry as a witness to our times. His debut collection, Beginning With Your Last Breath, was followed by The Healing Next Time, (Nine Arches Press 2018) nominated for the Ted Hughes award and Jhalak Prize. He has an MA in Writing Poetry from Newcastle University and the Poetry School. 


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Roy McFarlane’s second collection, The Healing Next Time, is an unparalleled book of interwoven sequences on institutional racism, deaths in custody and of a life story set against the ever-changing backdrop of Birmingham at the turn of the millennium. Here forms a potent and resolute narrative in lyrical and multidimensional poems which 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. 

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