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Will you Walk a Little Faster?

UK Publisher: Bloodaxe Books

Penelope Shuttle’s new collection explores cities (London, Bristol) on foot and via inward exploration, drawing on architecture, history and personal memory. These are poems drawn from the flipside of experience, undermining and rebuilding syntax in order to precipitate language, and, in the main, abjuring punctuation. The poems also engage both with active and meditative thinking in order to establish a vulnerable and temporary equilibrium; poems more interested in framing questions than arriving at answers.

Will you walk a little faster? is Penelope Shuttle’s first new book-length collection since her Bloodaxe retrospective, Unsent: New & Selected Poems (2012), and was published on her 70th birthday.


It is the gentle pace that captivates in her poems. And what a phenomenal poet she is (she has recently celebrated her 70th birthday). She has an unbossy, contemplative, unmistakable voice. She leads you quietly and helps you see things – London especially – afresh. –Kate Kellaway, Poetry Book of the Month, The Observer

This is a richly various volume, one which will delight her many admirers, and deserves to make new converts of those previously unfamiliar with the world (or worlds) that Penelope Shuttle opens up to us. –Roger Caldwell, London Grip [on Will You Walk a Little Faster?]

At once conversational, tender, witty and spirited, the poems in Will You Walk a Little Faster? read (an effect aided by their minimally capitalized titles) almost as one poem; a hymn to the heartbeat of the city. –Suzannah V. Evans, Times Literary Supplement

Penelope Shuttle is a well-known poet and novelist. Her Selected Poems (OUP, 1998) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and the collection...