"The Anvil New Poets" series has built up a reputation for introducing ground-breaking work from the best new poets. The names included in previous volumes are testament to the quality of the series: Kate Clanchy, Colette Bryce, Alice Oswald and Mimi Khalvati were all first published here. For the third volume in the series, Roddy Lumsden and Hamish Ironside have tracked down ten outstanding poets from all over Britain, and beyond. They have read through several hundred manuscripts, as well as soliciting work from the best new poets appearing in magazines and elsewhere. The result is an anthology both cohesive and various, by turns musical, formal, observational, witty and surreal.
Roddy Lumsden has published two collections of poems with Bloodaxe Books, 'Yeah Yeah Yeah' (1997) and 'The Book of Love' (2000). His next book is entitled 'Roddy Lumsden is Dead'.Hamish Ironside has published his poems in magazines such as 'PN Review' and 'Thumbscrew'.