Apostasy – John Burnside



Apostasy is a remarkable collection of fourteen poems by John Burnside, one of the UK’s foremost poets. A child struggles to reconcile a received Catholic world-view with a more instinctive and passionate paganism. A deep connection with the natural world offers an imaginative and spiritual freedom.

Shortlisted for the 2022 Michael Marks Poetry Award.

‘For my money, John Burnside is by far the best British poet alive.’

Cressida Connolly, The Spectator

Apostasy is also available as a kindle ebook.

Paul O’Prey reads five poems from John Burnside’s Apostasy at its London launch in 2022:


20 pages.


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