On Tuesday I picked up the first edition of Poets Afloat, the collection of poems by people living on or otherwise connected to the canals, and most particularly the Kennet and Avon Canal. They offer an insider's perspective on life on the cut, its wildlife, people, and misadventures.
There's some terrific stuff in there, from poets both known and previously unpublished; Michelle Smith, Audrey Nailor, Christine Rigden, Jinny Peberday, Georgina Beazeley, Fanny Gorman, Emma Whitcombe, Simon Kirby, Sarah Jean Bush, Gail Foster, Sarah Kitcatt, Ann Drysdale, Louise Tickner, Jo Stait, and me.
20% of profits from the sale of this book go to the Floaty Boat Fund, helping keep vulnerable boaters in their homes.
As usual, you can get it directly from my boat (if you can find it!) or in Devizes Bookshop and Ex Libris in Bradford on Avon.
And it's here in my Etsy shop.