‘Where the road runs out’.

I’m very excited to announce the launch of my 3rd poetry collection, ‘Where the road runs out’, on Wednesday the 12th of September, 7 pm at The Book Corner, The Piece Hall, Halifax. Tickets are FREE but you need to book them here through EVENTBRITE so we can get an idea of how many people will be attending.

‘Where the road runs out’ will be published by COMMA PRESS . 

” Gaia Holmes’ third collection of poetry transports us to the edge of things: to remote, treeless islands, to dark, unfathomable mines, to the gaping maw of grief. With frailty and ferocity, these poems map out the strange absences left in our lives when a rupture occurs like the sudden appearance of a sinkhole threatening to pull everything else down with it. Where the Road Runs Out is a moving, and often witty, portrait of loss, isolation, and ultimately healing. Above all, it is a paean to the landscape, and the myths, magic and mysteries that lie just beneath the surface.”

You can pre-order it HERE

And here’s the poem that the title of the collection comes from:


In Passing
We might have passed each other at Gretna Green

as you headed South and I headed North

up through Kingussie, Aviemore and Invergordon

to where the road runs out at Dunnet Head.


We might have passed each other

on the skinny road through Biggar

you, counting roadkill and clocking the miles,

me, shedding my clothes in the passenger seat,

high on the promise of brack and brine,

stitching my self back in to my selkie skin.


~ by Gaia Holmes on August 22, 2018.

One Response to “‘Where the road runs out’.”

  1. Sorry to miss the reading, Joy and I are in St Ives then, but maybe you’ll read at Beehive again soon.

    Best wishes, Bruce

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