A SOUTH Shields poet is celebrating the publication of his second collection.
Alistair Robinson’s new book, The Land Before Yoghurt, has been published by Northumberland-based Red Squirrel Press.
The poet, a senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Sunderland, is set to launch his book at South Shields Central Library, on Wednesday, April 23 – World Book Day.
He said: “When I was growing up, lots of things that you take for granted didn’t exist – I can remember when yoghurt came out.
“The collection isn’t really a nostalgic kind of thing – some of the poems do look to the past but they’re more anti-nostalgic.
“A lot of the poems are inspired by South Shields, too.
“There’s one about the snakes in the museum, one that I was inspired to write while sitting in Café Nero in King Street, another is about the pavement in North Marine Park, a factory down on the riverside, ships off the coast, and the last Metro home from Newcastle.
“There’s another one about my aunt, Olive Randall, who was a music teacher for many years. She taught out of her home in Highfield Drive, in Harton, but she passed away a few years ago, and another is about my five-year-old daughter, Nina, who goes to Hadrian Primary.
“There’s also a poem about our French twin town, Noisy-le-Sec – I spent a lot of time there in the 1970s.”
Alistair, who won New Writing North’s Northern Promise award in 2004, added: “My first poetry collection, Stereograms Of The Dead, was published in 2009, and this new collection has just sort of come together since then.
“I’m really looking forward to launching it. I haven’t actually seen a copy of it yet, so I can’t wait for that.
“A lot goes into putting it together, and the process can be quite fiddly towards the end so it’s always exciting to finally see the finished product.”
Alistair has also recently had a poem published in an anthology in New Zealand, and a poem he wrote about TV show Come Dine With Me is also set to be published.
He will be at the Prince Georg Square library from 6pm on Wednesday.