Bloodaxe 1997

‘Linda France’s work provides further evidence that much of the most energetic, vital poetry today is by women.  Her exuberant first collection, Red, compared love unfavourably with jazz.  Her third collection, Storyville, devotes a section to this connection.  The result, like the music, is very seductive.’

Christina Patterson, The Independent


‘For France, jazz is an expression of the raw energy of life, both human and nonhuman. It is something that will score your belly with gorgeous claws or a secret for anyone with ears,/ an inkling to dance like an oyster / with a black pearl heart.’

Satyaghandi, Urthona