• Scattering Eva is an ambitious and exhilarating collection. James Sheard can
    manage both scale and intimacy, governed by a fine ear, in language both rich and chaste. Combining love, politics, history and belief, Scattering Eva quickly takes up residence in the reader's imagination. Sheard is also something of a rarity - a manifestly European poet working in English. Not to be missed

    Sean O’Brien
  • These poems burn with life and feeling. James Sheard is an eloquent writer whose linguistic verve is offset by short, spare lines and a sombre musicality

    Helen Dunmore
  • His language has the acid precision of a drypoint, perfectly servicing the difficult ambition of its subject-matter with images that made me catch my breath

    Adam Thorpe
  • James Sheard at his best is a strong, and already much-praised poet... He has a powerful, almost mythic sense of political struggle

    Alison Brackenbury

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