By Ross Thompson

Threading the Light

Debut collection of poems by Bangor-based poet Ross Thompson


By turns poignant, wryly humorous and nostalgic, Threading the Light, Ross Thompson’s debut collection of poems charts a chronological journey through the pre-adventure world of childhood, the wounds of awkward adolescence and the future promise of adult life.

These threads are woven together and illuminated, as if “held inside the hand / of a skilled jeweller”, resonating as they reach towards the sequence ‘Grief is Great’, a hesitant lament in the aftershock of loss.

Honest and emotive, Threading The Light is a book about hope, about moving forward without letting go of the past.

A stunning debut. Here are poems rich in the language of intimacy, of light and shade. Thompson is delicate, adept and courageous; he is unflinching and honest. We need such poetry. — Maria McManus

Here is a voice that can deliver a poem with authority and mischief, an engaging wink and a nudge. Thompson’s frames of reference are startling but never obfuscate the poet’s quest to find the bullion phrase. Experience and imagination are buckled tightly into well-wrought rhythms. The grave and the humorous are shaped with ease on the lathe of Thompson’s pen. — Mel McMahon

LINK: Ross Thompson interviewed about Threading the Light at The Honest Ulsterman.

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About The Author


Ross Thompson is an award-winning writer and English teacher from Bangor, County Down. His poetry has featured on television, radio and in an extensive selection of international journals and publications. He continues to read at arts festivals and literary events across the country, and he has also collaborated on several multimedia commissions. Threading The Light is his first collection of poetry.