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Released 31st October 2021 // 64 pages


Gregory Leadbetter and Phil Thomson's Balanuve is a sequence of poems about a mythical city, charting its decline to its resurrection. Leadbetter's poetry sings with the sweetly intoxicating music of Yeats and moves like a flag flapping in the wind around a ruined castle. Balanuve is a luxurious, mysterious, and voluptuous book complemented by the haunting photography of Phil Thomson. A collaboration of the highest order.


Perfect bound 8x8 with crimson red endpapers


Gregory Leadbetter's books include Balanuve (with photographs by Phil Thomson) (Broken Sleep, 2021), Maskwork (2020) and The Fetch (2016), both with Nine Arches Press, the pamphlet The Body in the Well (HappenStance Press, 2007), and the monograph Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). He is Professor of Poetry at Birmingham City University.


Art college graduate and former advertising copywriter, Phil Thomson, spent many years as a senior lecturer in design at university - and these days, continues to be successfully at one with his parallel worlds of lyric writing and image making.

Gregory Leadbetter & Phil Thomson - Balanuve EBOOK