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Portrait (earth love press, 2022) is Tracy Patrick's first full-length poetry collection.
'Intelligent, funny and irreverent, this is one of finest collections of poems ever made in modern Scotland.' Dr Jim Ferguson.
'It is safe to say that there is not one dishonest sentence in this dazzling and long overdue debut collection.' A C Clarke.
'In sickness and in health, these smart, wry, confiding poems, some of them in Scots, adopt a tough but tender, often subversive stance.' Donny O'Rourke.
Tracy Patrick writes fiction and poetry. Her debut novel, Blushing is for Sinners (Clochoderick Press, 2019), was commended by the Saltire First Book of the Year Award judges, 2019, and listed as one of The Bottle Imp's best Scottish Books, 2019.
'An immersive and enticing debut exploring the history of the Paisley Mills with a delicate touch. This book is full of longing, of interlocked psychologies and real life. The judges felt they could see the talent bubbling away and look forward to see what Tracy writes next'
Saltire First Book of the Year judges, 2019
'This is a very accomplished, page turning debut, switching confidently between the corporate environment surrounding Ava in present-day Canada and the parochial, conformist Paisley her mother knew, keeping readers in eager suspense over where their separate stories will go.'
'This ambitious first novel is brimming with warmth, heart and soul, a host of memorable characters and a deep-rooted political awareness.'
Donal McLaughlin, author and translator.
'As if weaving her own Paisley shawl from word patterns, Patrick uses an understated, consistently powerful narrative that always engages and brings an inner smile to this reader. An absorbing read that delivers, page by page by page.'
Brian Whittingham, Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire.