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Makeover

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‘Intimate, warm, and with teeth clenching wit, Bolger turns the domestic into an epic.’ ~ Joelle Taylor

 

Makeover is a book dripping with nostalgia, cigarette ash and sour cream dip. Lit by too-close TV screens and too-bright calorie counters, Bolger’s poems explore growing up, differing bodies and societal expectations.

 

Writing in praise of mums, nans and sisterhood, this is a work bursting with strength, anger, love and, ultimately, hope. In a celebration of girls shaped by swimming baths and Working Men’s Clubs, friendship and family, Makeover contends with what we inherit and what we ought to pass on.

 

*From the Winner of the 2023 Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition and the 2022 Moth Poetry Prize*

 

Cover by Amy Louise Evans

 

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Page count: 28

Publication date: 15 February 2024

Paperback ISBN: 9781915628244

 

Re-watch our online launch on YouTube

 

Watch Laurie read the poem ‘Swim’ from Makeover:

 

Laurie Bolger

Laurie Bolger is a London based writer and founder of The Creative Writing Breakfast Club. Her debut pamphlet 'Box Rooms' (Burning Eye) has featured at Glastonbury, TATE, RA & Sky Arts. Laurie’s writing has appeared in The Poetry Review, The London Magazine, Magma, Crannog, Stand, & Trinity College Icarus & her poems & short stories have been shortlisted for The Bridport Prize, Live Canon, Winchester & Sylvia Plath Prizes. In 2023, Laurie’s poem ‘Parkland Walk’ was awarded The Moth Prize, judged by Louise Glück, and Highly Commended in the Forward Prize for Poetry.

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Makeover is a book dripping with nostalgia, cigarette ash and sour cream dip. Lit by too-close TV screens and too-bright calorie counters, Bolger’s poems explore growing up, differing bodies and societal expectations.

Writing in praise of mums, nans and sisterhood, this is a work bursting with strength, anger, love and, ultimately, hope. In a celebration of girls shaped by swimming baths and Working Men’s Clubs, friendship and family, Makeover contends with what we inherit and what we ought to pass on.

Praise for Makeover

‘Laurie Bolger’s writing is a best friend, a memory, a picnic, a hug and a punch. “I want to live without weighing things” is maybe my favourite line of poetry this year, and definitely my new life motto. Stunning.’ – Hollie McNish

‘Intimate, warm, and with teeth clenching wit, Bolger turns the domestic into an epic. Her leaps of surreality are breathtaking, unexpected and painful. Moving, tender and always curious Makeover is a book that will hold your hand in the supermarket.’  – Joelle Taylor

‘This heartwarming and delicious hymn to love & sisterhood & sticky toffee pudding will remind you good things are still happening out there.’ – Jacqueline Saphra

‘This is a confection of a collection – easy to read in one delicious gulp and then return to again and again…’ – Cathi Rae, Everybody’s Reviewing

‘Makeover by Laurie Bolger is a sizzling, dissolving snapshot. It’s a sticky but persistent moment in time.‘ – Kayleigh Jayshree, Ink Sweat and Tears

Additional information

Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × .5 cm
Format

Pamphlet, eBook

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