Isabelle Kenyon is a northern writer and the author of poetry collections, This is not a Spectacle, Digging Holes To Another Continent (Clare Songbirds Publishing House) and Potential (Ghost City Press). She is the editor of Fly on the Wall Press, a socially conscious small press for chapbooks and anthologies. She was shortlisted for the Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize 2019.
She has headlined at Cafe Del Nino's spoken word night, Cannock, and has opened Coventry Cathedral's Plumb Line Festival. She opened Leeds International Festival as part of the 2019 'Sex Tapes' and for Apples and Snakes' 'Deranged Poetesses' 2019.
She is a fierce dog lover and a confessed caffeine addict.
THE TOWN TALKS by Isabelle Kenyon
THE TOWN TALKS explores the lives of two twins, Michael and David, first removed from their father as babies (due to his incompetence, anger issues and alcoholism) and later separated from each other, as Michael is taken captive from a park.
Michael and David live separate lives and it is only in a bookshop that David finds out the truth – Michael’s autobiography sits on the shelf, with his date of death.
The story is told un-chronologically, primarily from the perspective of mother, Judith, navigating single parenthood and the loss of her child, in a new town, where the villagers gossip about her family.
She needed a brew. Or a gin, but she didn’t want to be an alcoholic (she thinks she has it in her, the addictive gene). It was a large, noisy house but lonely when the boys had gone to bed. There had been a wedding and a husband before this silent town and draughty house. There had been flowers and spontaneity before the boys. After, there had been smashed plates and empty beer bottles. Paul had tried his best to love her and the boys, but it seemed like he was only capable of doing one or the other.
THE TOWN TALKS will be published in March 2020.