Contained

David Turner
15 x 23 colour paperback due Feb 8 2020
ISBN: 9781916159464
78 pages
paperback £10 / PDF £4 ︎ BUY


8 February – London Launch - Ye Olde Rose and Crown, 53 Hoe Street, Walthamstow. Free entry but donations to the Arts Emergency charity gratefully received, w/local poets Vanessa Onwuemezi, Emma Hammond & Lizzy Turner.

15 February – Cardiff Launch - David will be reading at the all-new experimental poetry night CRASH at the Flute & Tankard pub, Windsor Place, Cardiff. Free entry

14 March – Bristol Launch @ HOURS gallery, 10 Colston Yard, Bristol. Entry £4 or £10 inc. a copy of the book, w/local poets Shauna Robertson & Tom Sastry.


Contained is a multi-media project which straddles art forms. Through prose poetry, essay-writing, visual poems and audio recordings it explores the themes of class and mental health – in terms of both the author’s lived experience and a wider discussion. The text and images in book form are accompanied by a QR code which links to the audio elements via a SoundCloud page. The audio is integral to the book, with all parts together forming a multi-sensory experience - https://soundcloud.com/david-turner-poetry/sets/contained

3:AM magazine have published Floor Plans by David Turner; 4 Poem Brut's taken from the forthcoming Hesterglock Press collection, Contained.

Have a listen to David reading  Contained here


Constantly interrogating and evaluating its scenery, ‘Contained’ investigates how the partitions within our heads resemble the walls around us. How opaque these walls seem from inside — how windows offer no relief. Incorporating image, object and audio, the poems pronounce uncertainty of truth and memory, then ask whether we need certainty. Medication-as-poison; romantic body horror; myriad ways of drowning; these are a few of the inhabitants within. But not content to lie down inside its confines, the collection explores how those of us connected by its themes find ways to call to each other through the walls. Dealing with solitude and loss, it is as much about connection, survival and hope — about continuing through the tunnel without being sure of a light at the end.
— Lizzy Turner

David Turner is the founding editor of the Lunar Poetry Podcasts series, has a City & Guilds certificate in Bench Joinery along with the accompanying scars, is known to the Bristol, Kristiansand and Southwark Community Mental Health Teams as a ‘service user’ and has represented Norway in snow sculpting competitions. Widely unpublished. Working-class. Picket line poet.
lunarpoetrypodcasts.com
twitter.com/silent_tongue


at Unfinished Memmoirs of a Hypocrit book launch II July 25th 2019
the Mayday Rooms, Fleet St. London
with thanks to SJ Fowler