Reviews

  • "Haunting, historical, archival and imaginative... a stunning debut"

    Bernardine Evaristo, New Statesman, Books of the Year
  • "This affecting poetic exploration of the New Cross Fire of 1981 (dubbed “The New Cross Massacre”) is incantatory, lyrical and documentary. It makes a deep impact both on account of its own narrative and in the wake of Grenfell"

    The Sunday Times
  • "Sensitive but devastating verse"

    Financial Times, *Summer Reads of 2019*
  • "A sad and angry consolation, alert to the past... Surge is a mature work, with lyricism both poetic and pop... [One] of British poetry’s most distinctive new voices"

    Tristram Fane Saunders, Daily Telegraph
  • "Although the fire, the subsequent protests and the founding of the Black People’s Day of Action were documented by poets Linton Kwesi Johnson and Benjamin Zephaniah among others, Bernard’s work uniquely addresses a new generation encountering this past almost afresh, as it is echoed painfully inthe present... The collection’s major achievement is its unfailing attentiveness to the framing of history through the stories of individuals and collectives that the poet holds, urgently, ethically and so skilfully, in their hands"

    Sandeep Parmar, Guardian