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Chelsea Flower Show Massacre by Mark Fiddes

Chelsea Flower Show Massacre

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A Debut collection of funny, reflective and empathetic poems.


Chelsea Flower Show Massacre by Mark Fiddes

From the grief that his wife feels at the news of George Clooney’s wedding to the takeover of the famous flower show by luxury brands, Fiddes brings a wry humanity to real life in Britain. Funny, reflective and empathetic, his poetry celebrates what it is to be alive, confused and commuting on the Northern Line.


“Fiddes avoids creating just another example of verbal topiary with his narrative and descriptive skills and his ability to turn wonderful locutions.” Patrick Cotter, poet and judge of the Gregory O’Donoghue International Prize

“In the Valley of the Fallen… prejudice and man’s inhumanity to man is caught in stone. It’s a poem that makes you sit bolt upright.” Abigail Morley, poet and judge of the Frogmore Papers Prize

About the Author

Mark Fiddes

Mark Fiddes was born in Northamptonshire. After spells in Oxford and Washington, D.C. he now lives in Wandsworth, London, with his wife and two sons. He has worked as a speechwriter, creative director and columnist. His poems have been awarded internationally, from the Gregory O’Donoghue, Philip Larkin and Charles Causley prizes to the Wasafiri, John Clare, Frogmore Papers and Live Canon competitions. He has been anthologised by Templar, Aesthetica Magazine, Lightship, Southword, Fish Publishing and the University of London. Last year he published a top-selling children’s adventure novel The Curse of the Golden Hinde.

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16th March 2015


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