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Former business journalist releases new poetry collection

As the pandemic continues, a thirst for travel is rampant and many have turned to books to relive summers abroad.

'White Eye of the Needle' is the second book of poems by Chris Campbell, from Wormington, near Broadway, and explores human connections, both passing and intimate.

The collection includes poems written in Gloucestershire and travels across the UK and abroad, including a honeymoon in Madagascar and trips to Tignes, France.

Mr Campbell, a former national and regional journalist, has collaborated with illustrator Sandra Evans, to produce a collection which values everyday beauty. The book has been published through Gloucester-based The Choir Press.

Poet and performer, David Linklater, author of Black Box, said: "In a world when we are feeling cut off, these poems are like a bridge back to some sense of balance. They are celebrations of relationships, places and of being alive."

In times to come, Campbell, and other poets' recollections of lockdown life will offer relatable and searingly honest depictions of our times.

Mr Campbell said that his writing process is very much about processing the world around him, valuing human relationships above all else.

Multi-award-winning poet, Natalie Ann Holborow, former versifier in residence at Dylan Thomas Birthplace, said: "This is a collection that reminds us that it's the human connection and the power of the natural world that keep hope alive in a world gone dark."

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