Dr Burnett’s ‘The Grassling’ receives glowing review

25/03/2019 by Sinead Staunton

The Grassling book cover

Dr Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newman University, will see her latest work titled The Grassling, published this Thursday, 28th March.

Published by Penguin Random House, the creation of The Grassling was spurred on by Dr Burnett’s father’s declining health and inspired by the history he once wrote of their small Devon village, Dr Elizabeth-Jane Burnett delves through layers of memory, language and natural history to tell a powerful story of how the land shapes us and speaks to us.

The Grassling has already received positive reviews from The Guardian, who said ‘A subtle, moving celebration of place and connectedness . . . The Grassling brings the sounds, smells and sights of the countryside alive like few other books. Burnett stretches the limits of prose, infusing it with poetic intensity to create a powerful, original voice.’ Read the full Guardian review.

Dr Burnett’s previous work is already widely anthologised and also featured in Dear World and Everyone In It (Bloodaxe, 2013), a collection of the UK’s “most talented and interesting poets” and Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK (Reality Street, 2015).

The book is now available for pre-order.