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Surge

Surge

Bernard, Jay, 1988- author

Trade paperback. The debut collection from the winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2018. Bernard approaches the combined significance of the New Cross Massacre of 1981 and the Grenfell Tower Fire of 2017. *Shortlisted for Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2019* *Winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry* Jay Bernard's extraordinary debut is a fearlessly original exploration of the black British archive: an enquiry into the New Cross Fire of 1981, a house fire at a birthday party in south London in which thirteen young black people were killed. Dubbed the `New Cross Massacre', the fire was initially believed to be a racist attack, and the indifference with which the tragedy was met by the state triggered a new era of race relations in Britain. Tracing a line from New Cross to the `towers of blood' of the Grenfell fire, this urgent collection speaks with, in and of the voices of the past, brought back by the incantation of dancehall rhythms and the music of Jamaican patois, to form a living presence in the absence of justice. A ground-breaking work of excavation, memory and activism - both political and personal, witness and documentary - Surge shines a much-needed light on an unacknowledged chapter in British history, one that powerfully resonates in our present moment

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Published London: Chatto & Windus, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Jay Bernard
ISBN: 1473560608, 9781473560604
Physical Description: 80 pages
Subject: Poetry by individual poets; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Social discrimination & equal treatment; Literature.; Poetry
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781784742614