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We're delighted to introduce our Summer Pamphlet Choice, Didicoy by Karen Downs-Barton (published by Smith Doorstop). Didicoy offers a window into the colourful, precarious world of a multiracial Romany family, and focuses on characters at the often-untold margins of society. Blending lyricism with formal experimentation, these poems explore what it is to belong. Clear-eyed and outspoken, Didicoy has something of the impact of a contemporary Cathy Come Home. This pamphlet also won the Poetry Business Competition judged by Romalyn Ante and Jonathan Edwards.
Karen Downs-Barton is an Anglo-Romani writer who, after a peripatetic childhood, including times in state care, now lives in Wiltshire. Winner of the 2021 Cosmo Davenport-Hines prize and a 2022 Creative Future silver medallist, she is a PhD candidate at King’s College London, exploring identity through minority languages and multilingualism in entertainment industries. 

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