Jay Bernard

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Narrated By: Jay Bernard

Duration: 59 minutes

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The audiobook edition of Surge, written and read by Jay Bernard.

Winner of The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2020.

*Winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2018*

Jay Bernard's powerful debut is a queer exploration of the black British archive, tracing a line between two significant events in recent British history: the New Cross Massacre of 1981 in which thirteen young black people were killed in a house fire - and the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. The collection stems from research undertaken about the New Cross Fire during a 2016 residency at the George Padmore Institute.


Poetry by individual poets, Modern & contemporary poetry (c 1900 onwards), Social discrimination & equal treatment

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

New Statesman, Books of the Year

Sensitive but devastating verse

Financial Times, *Summer Reads of 2019*

Surge is a radical hybrid, painfully beautiful multigenerational ghost story, a social document, and a work of political archaeology. It is an indictment of this country's systemic hostility to its black, Asian and ethnic minority population, and the scandalous lack of accountability when this system claims lives. It is a heartbreaking and brilliant book about an ongoing tragedy

Guardian, *Books of the Year*

A searing combination of artistic invention and meticulous research into the 1981 New Cross Fire

Pascale Petit, *RSL Ondaatje Prize*

Politically and lyrically compelling