Callisto, Lisa’s fourth collection (Red squirrel Press), is a series of interconnected sequences and her first book to be written entirely in prose poetry. The eponymous character at the heart of the book was inspired by a neighbour in Benwell, the Newcastle suburb where Lisa was born and raised. Callisto wends its way from the 1970s to the present day and beyond, taking cues from the inner-city landscape. Inspirations include the photography of Tish Murtha, Sibyl Fawlty, handed-down family memories and the savage beauty of the northeast coastline. All the poems in Callisto started life as prose maquettes and fragments in writing journals, and this collection marks a major shift in Lisa’s writing practice.

Cover of Callisto by Lisa Matthews

“…a courageous book, clear-eyed, unflinching”, Gillian Allnutt