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Poetry pamphlet

The Great Vowel Shift by Robin Houghton

Robin Houghton’s first pamphlet brings together poems published in a range of magazines including The Rialto, The North, Poetry News and Obsessed with Pipework.

“… equally at home in poignancy and exuberance” – John McCullough

“… an admirable balance of tenderness and terseness” – Hamish Canham Award judges on ‘Ellipsis’

“… a sense of the oceanic is achieved with the minimum of words and props” – Pascale Petit on ‘Midnight Pickup’

Published by Telltale Press, ISBN 978-09928555-0-5

The Great Vowel Shift, £4 plus 50p postage (UK)
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If you’d like to order more than one copy, or for orders outside the UK, please email me –  – thank you.


Afric McGlinchey on Sabotage Reviews
“Robin Houghton’s chapbook, beautifully produced by Telltale Press, is an engaging collection of amuse-bouches, alternating droll, slant narratives with subtle poignancy. (…) her poems live equally comfortably in rural (riverine) and urban environments, and her diversity, cultural references and lack of self-consciousness are really refreshing.”
Read the full review here …

John Field on Poor Rude Lines  
“… a masterclass in memory… Houghton interrogates feeling with dispassion and bravery.”
Read the full review here…

Jan Fortune in Envoi  
“Houghton shifts easily from tender to poignant, from honed to abundant, always retaining a sense of linguistic play and imagination. A fine new voice to watch.”

Clare Best in The Frogmore Papers – 
“… a beautifully balanced short pamphlet collection… each (poem) absolutely earns its place”

Martin Noutch at London Grip – 
“… there is cleverness here, playfulness and personality”
Read the full review.

Review copies available –  please drop me a line at or on Twitter I’m @robinhoughton  –  thanks!

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