The Inner Circle by Henry Bell


A poetic love letter to Glasgow (and all its contradictions) from Southside poet & writer Henry Bell.

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From love songs and dreamscapes to rats trapped in manholes, The Inner Circle takes us on a kaleidoscopic tour of Glasgow, weaving through tenement mansions and demolished neighbourhoods, trade unions and union jacks. Like a Daytripper ticket in poetic form, this is a pamphlet for those in love with cities and everyone in them.

Henry Bell is a writer living on the Southside of Glasgow. He is the biographer of John Maclean, an editor of Gutter Magazine, and of A Bird is Not a Stone, a collection of Palestinian poetry in translation. In 2019 he received a New Writers Award for poetry from the Scottish Book Trust.

‘Henry Bell is one of the finest young poets in this country with a lucid, lyrical and always accessible voice.’
– Liz Lochhead

‘I hadn’t realised how much I’d been waiting for this collection until I read it. Henry Bell has the talent to paint Glasgow as it should be painted – lik an oyster fu a clart. Poems brilliant enough to become part of the city itself.’
– William Letford