Of Algae & Grief
Pip Osmond-Williams is from the North of England and now lives and works in Glasgow as a Scottish Literature researcher.
Pip Osmond-Williams’ debut pamphlet features poems
from her winning entry to the Brian Dempsey Memorial Competition in 2021. Combining the personal and the mythological, much of the collection examines grief in its various forms and stages through the lens of nature, exposing the ways in which the absence of a person can punctuate the living world. Real and imagined bodies of water permeate Of Algae & Grief, providing spaces through which to explore the swell and return of loss, love and hope.
"Pip's poetry is sometimes mysterious but always has the clarity and confidence of someone who absolutely knows what they are doing with each poem. For this reason it is invitational, it draws you into a series of emotional states, stories and experiences you would not have known without her putting words to them."
Callum James, judge of The Brian Dempsey Memorial Competition 2021
“The poems of Pip Osmond -Williams are uniquely memorable and attractive, poised carefully in their sense of intellectual discrimination yet attentive to all the senses: taste, scent, touch, the visual, the aural [... ] these are poems of loss and sorrow, commemoration and determination, strong attachments and moral judgement. Their subtlety and sensitivity constitute a dangerous strength. Wherever she goes next, keep your eyes on what happens here. She’s one to watch.”
Alan Riach, poet and Professor of Scottish Literature
“This is a vivid and deeply moving collection, full of poems that press on all the aches and shades of loss of people, of place, of myths.[...] Here, you will find an essential cartography for moving through, and
bearing witness to, the cyclic tides of grief and hope and all the creatures that inhabit there between.”
Roseanne Watt, poet
'Of Algae & Grief': 210 x 148mm,36 pages RRP £8.00
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