Graham Burchell’s second collection The Chongololo Club is now available.
Graham was born in Canterbury and now lives in Dawlish, Devon. He has lived in a host of places in between, including seven locations overseas – Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Tenerife, Mexico, France (Paris), Chile and the United States (Houston, Texas). He has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. His collection Vermeer’s Corner was published by Foothills Publishing in the United States in 2008. He has won, been placed, commended or short-listed in many poetry competitions, including Chapter One Promotions, Poetry on the Lake, the Templar Prize, the Plough Prize and the Lorca in England International Translation Competition. His poetry has appeared in many print and online literary magazines in the U.K, U.S and other parts of the world. He frequently gives readings and runs poetry workshops in the West Country and beyond. His website can be found here. Below you can read a sample poem from the collection – winner of the Didsbury Arts Festival Open Poetry Competition (2010).
Please join us for the launch of The Chongololo Club at The Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix Street (off Charing Cross Road), London on Tuesday June 26th from 6.30 pm.
‘These poems have the virtues of close observation and personal engagement in their accounts of living and teaching in Africa. Flora, fauna, people, loneliness, culture-shock, compassion and humour all contribute to making this collection haunting and coherent. The poet sustains triumphantly the demands of his particular subject material.’
Penelope Shuttle, poet
Crossing the Sahara
Night is a black drone in an aeroplane’s throat,
hidden sand below, pricked with occasional orange stars.
There are things I’ve forsaken already.
This is the dream between being awake and being reawakened.
I slide down this continent, glass in one hand,
whisky gone, just a melting ice-cube cold against my teeth.
There are fires down there, remote, winking.
I dream but I cannot sleep.