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John McCullough

"Alive to the pathos in a punctuation mark, walking through dark places with a spring in its step, Spacecraft is a marvellous book"

Sarah Howe
shortlisted, ledbury forte poetry prize
guardian best books for summer 2016
longlisted, the green carnation prize

now available on kindle

Margins, edges and coastlines abound in John McCullough’s tender, humorous explorations of contemporary life and love.

Encompassing everything from lichen to lava lamps, and from the etymology of words to Brighton’s gay scene, Spacecraft is a humane and spellbinding collection from the winner of the 2012 Polari First Book Prize. Spacecraft navigates the white space of the page and the distance between people.


Our price £9.99
RRP £9.99
80 pages
ISBN 9781908058362
Published 1 May 2016
Cover design: Ben Anslow


A humane and spellbinding collection.
Eric Page, Gscene

In Spacecraft, McCullough unites form and content in a way that exhibits a versatility of tone and imaginative power to great effect ... from the lyrical and the learned, to the colloquial and downright funny.
Maria Taylor, Under the Radar

Spacecraft [is] a cabinet of beautifully shaped curiosities. Combining details of quasi-scientific observation with a fabulist’s openness to the queerness of unreason, [McCullough] is somehow both shrewdly sceptical and wide-eyed with wonder at once.
Gregory Woods, The Guardian Best Books for Summer 2016

Driven by the perfect blend of curiosity and feeling, these are poems that pull off that rarest of balancing acts — with brio. John McCullough is a poet you need know. Alive to the pathos in a punctuation mark, walking through dark places with a spring in its step, Spacecraft is a marvellous book.
Sarah Howe

Out of body, in the open brackets of the air, John McCullough crafts a space unsettled and vast as any voice has dared, charged with remembering and the equally perilous task of forgetting.
D.A. Powell

A cumulative mastery of conception and phrase-building is at work - from an initial poem which subtly eroticises the exclamation mark to a spirited reanimation of the word 'flother'.
W.N. Herbert

About the author

John McCullough’s first collection of poems, The Frost Fairs, won the Polari First Book Prize in 2012. It was a Book of the Year for The Independent and The Poetry School, and a summer read for The Observer. He teaches creative writing at the Open University and New Writing South, and lives in Hove, East Sussex.

Author photograph by Stephen Wells

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