We are delighted to announce the release of Lydia Towsey’s second BE collection – The English Disease

‘An exuberantly inventive feast of a collection, happily ricocheting from  slapstick horror ballads to deadpan haiku and shot through with a thrilling  willingness to experiment with form, all of it given emotional weight and  resonance by the poet’s committed articulation of her longing to make  sense of what it is to live in contemporary England.’ 
– Francesca Beard


The English Disease has been coined as a term to describe everything from missed penalties and vitamin D deficiency – to no sex please, tea and rickets. Exploring contemporary world events, including the international migration crisis and the British EU Referendum, alongside the lived experience of becoming  a mother in a year of celebrity death and continental fracture, this collection examines the condition afresh.

With zombies, cats, Bowie, break-ups and the weather; eating disorders, buses, Beatrix Potter, queueing, nature, war and nursery rhymes. The English Disease draws upon class, colonialism and other undead matters to explore identity at a time of now… apocalypse?

To find out more about The English Disease, visit our web store.