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The Shirley valentine Syndrome (2008)



Pauline Suett Barbieri Bringing Home the Bacon (2013)


ISBN 978-1-906742-50-8


It appears that comedy shoots out of the family tree, having regards to an ancestor Richard ‘Dicky’ Suett (1750-1805) George III’s favourite clown and star
of Drury Lane for 25 years. Charles Lamb also lovingly recorded him as follows ‘Shakespeare foresaw him, when he framed his fools and jesters. They all have the true Suett stamp, a loose and shambling gait, a slippery tongue, this last the
ready midwife to a without-pain-delivered jest; in words, light as air, venting truths deep as the centre….’

Charles Lamb - Essays of Elia (1822)

Pauline Suett Barbieri’s first full collection, The Shirley Valentine Syndrome, was singled out for praise by amongst others, Brian Hinton in Tears in the Fence. - ‘Barbieri’s lime green cover painting of half human - half robots making love just hints at the surrealist exactitude.’ Its unique voicing makes one of the most important debuts in the last decade.

This latest collection, from which Tears in the Fence has already had a bite, takes slices of Francis Bacon to task and comically, critically, erotically fixates fables. Barbieri grafts the experience of one extraordinary painter’s experience of another for whose work her admiration knows few bounds even when she puts him through her own special kind of grinder.

‘She enjoys toying with imagery and language, creating otherness, relying on English’s many alternative meaning to, with nods and nudges, turn a smile. If the aim of the Oasis Broadsheets is to allow one to steep oneself, if briefly, in an author’s world…then they work. I will certainly look out for more of her work.’
Sam Smith – New Hope International Review


Born in Liverpool in the next
available cot to Lennon and
McCartney, Suett soon escaped
abroad to get away from the noise they were making. She then found herself on a working tour in 1965 with their following her to the USA and other foreign lands where she married and landed up as Barbieri and they were still making a hell of a lot of noise.

Barbieri was shortlisted for the
Bridport Poetry Prize by Sir
Andrew Motion and twice for the
Exeter Poetry Prize by Jo Shapcott and Lawrence Sail, respectively. Her poems have won various prizes and been published in many international magazines.

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