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Visions of Hastings






Georges Perec is my hero

by Caron Freeborn


The shock of beauty in an unsafe world

These poems "speak a remarkable vision of the world. Anybody’s world, but one resonant with a landscape of scarred, bleak surfaces made real and welcoming by human resourcefulness. […] The many voices that inhabit the poems add up to a fierce, precise, cocky, compassionate, intelligent, observant, direct, and (largely) unsentimental work of art. The whole book is a sampler of unobtrusive poetic skill." - Ian Patterson: poet, translator, critic.

"Caron Freeborn’s ear for speech, her eye for the strange and telling detail, her empathy with the outsider and the shock of beauty in her strange and sometimes unsafe worlds, push the boundaries of language and form. This is where poetry should go. Freeborn shows us how."                             - Elizabeth Speller, prize-winning poet and novelist

"There are so many truths you might take away from Caron Freeborn's extraordinary, ambitious poems, but I'll mention only these two: firstly, that Caron Freeborn loves language; secondly, that the language loves her back." 

                                           - Joanne Limburg, Bloodaxe poet, novelist and memoirist


Georges Perec is my hero by Caron Freeborn

About the author

Caron Freeborn

Caron Freeborn grew up in the working-class new town of Basildon, in Essex. She went to Cambridge at 25, the first of her family to get a university education. After writing two novels, Three Blind Mice (Abacus, 2001) and Prohibitions (Abacus, 2004), fiction – for reasons too private for prose – slipped quietly away. Three years ago, she finally stopped resisting writing poetry – always her most important love as a reader. Young poets aren’t always young. Caron says winning the Earlyworks Press Poetry Collection Competition has been a real gift: the chance to see the grubby details placed together.  "Georges Perec is my hero" is based on her entry. 

Currently, she is working on a novella in blank verse.

The launch

"Georges Perec is my hero" was launched on 5th June 2015, 6.30-8.30pm,  at CB2 in Cambridge  introduced by editor Mandy Pannett, and featured on radio by Cambridge 105 and is now on general release.

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