We are delighted to announce that today is the official launch of Hilary Robinson’s extraordinary pamphlet – Revelation. Hilary was a successful candidate in our submissions call-out, where her meditations on the intimate, the impact of betrayal and infidelity, coupled with compassion in the face of ‘illness of body, mind or soul’ were indeed a Revelation.
Hilary Robinson has lived in Saddleworth for over 40 years, during which time she has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, including The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed With Pipework, Strix, Riggwelter, Please Hear What I’m Not Saying (Fly On The Wall Poetry 2018), Noble Dissent (Beautiful Dragons Press 2017), Bloody Amazing (Yaffle/Beautiful Dragons Press 2020) among many others. She is currently collaborating with composer, Joseph Shaw, on an opera to be performed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2022. Hilary has an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Manchester Metropolitan University.
In a stunning central sequence, Hilary Robinson looks unflinchingly at the aftermath of betrayal in a marriage.The originality of this pamphlet lies in the precise articulation of the journey towards both anger and forgiveness and through despair and mental illness. This is powerful, painful work that contains moments of strength and vulnerability, humour and sadness – all held together by an engagement with form that allows the stories in these poems to really sing. (Kim Moore)
…Her subject may be betrayal, filiality, childhood fear, infidelity, illness of body, mind or soul, and sometimes crackle with cleansing disdain, but the humanity remains the same. Hers is a compelling perspective, in intelligently wrought poetry, that makes her collection worth reading and re-reading. Rebecca Bilkau.
Hilary Robinson’s poems sing with a lyrical precision that is as authentic as it is unflinching…This is a bold and startling collection (Nikolai Duffy)
To purchase a copy of Revelation see https://www.4word.org/titles/