Since being named a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2006 and winning the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize in 2007, a first pamphlet of mine, seventeen horse skeletons, has been published by tall-lighthouse.
Some of my poems have appeared in anthologies including the Salt Book of Younger Poets, Best Scottish Poetry 2011 and Best British Poetry 2013, and I’ve also had work published in Edinburgh Review, Magma, Fuselit, The Scotsman, Shit Creek Review, The Dial, and the Dutch poetry journal Awater.
I’ve written a poem in response to a wildflower, as part of an anthology and performance for the City of London Festival, and taken part in a week-long poetry translation workshop with Literature Across Frontiers, culminating in a showcase reading at StAnza International Poetry Festival.
Runcie has a gift for description and her metaphors are surprising without seeming overwrought… The breadth of reference in this pamphlet is remarkable, blending mythology, science and the fantastical with technical skill and a touch of humour. This is without doubt a highly individual collection and something of a Tardis, much larger on the inside than it may appear.
– Poetry Book Society
Poised, quick-witted, economical poems that often start out from the corporeal, its pleasures and travails, and all its sloughed second skins, swaddling, masks and grave goods – I’ve been mightily impressed by Charlotte Runcie’s debut, and the lovely promise of even greater things to come which, like in all the best debuts, is insisted on every page here.
– Paul Farley
Runcie’s inventive imagery is delicious… a balance of interesting language and restraint that many poets find hard to get right.
– Dr Fulminare
In the broadest sense, her theme is journeys, coupled with a fascination with the future’s uncertainties; unsurprising for a poet just out of her teens. But Runcie’s succinct lines steer her poems clear of daydreaming: the tone here, though not without feeling, is typically sharp and to-the-point, lending her poems a seeming purposefulness… Runcie’s lush imagination bodes well for her future writing.
– Stride Magazine