The Jungle Has A New Queen

Have you ever seen I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here?

At the end of each series, the winner from the previous year comes on to hand the crown over to the new King or Queen of the Jungle. Well that’s how I feel right now. In December I was the latest poet to be published under the Songs of the North umbrella.


My book Heading North was the second collection brought out by Nordland Publishing in the series, and now a third collection has been published: Compass Head by Shetland-based poet Nat Hall.

It is another quality book by Nordland, rich both visually and lyrically. Here is an excerpt of the review I gave on Amazon:

‘Sometimes the imagery is elegant and sensual:

‘My fingers felt that final wave/flirting with your skin/in wet sand/smooth as a shell/or golden grain-/a silky sea/lace on our land/like petticoats/loose on your legs/plundering’
from From Shell To Sand

and other times simple and sharp:

‘February/sky like a shooting/Kalashnikov/fires hail stones on my/car roof just like bullets/on a tin can’
from Hit Sky

both styles equally effective.’


Compass Head  is a good collection of contemporary verse, and can be purchased here:

Nat’s WordPress blog can be found here:

From the Jackdaw to the Blackbird: the crown and baton has been passed on. Enjoy your reign.

10 thoughts on “The Jungle Has A New Queen

  1. Looks like a great publishing company to be associated with…regular output of material and supportive community of poets/authors.
    Congrats to Nat!
    May you both continue to create in ways that please your heart, satisfy your soul and enrich the public!


  2. Pingback: The Jungle Has A New Queen — City Jackdaw | nordicblackbird

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