If you are in doubt as to a different present to buy for a literary friend or relative, let me tell you about a glamorous granny Louise C Callaghan whose third collection of poetry In The Ninth House published by Salmon Poetry could solve your problem.

She was included in the Field Day anthology and in 2007 got a First Class Honours in Creative Writing from St Andrew’s University, Scotland.

Her book is in three sections and the first Waiting for Frogs to Hop returns to her favourite creatures, frogs and birds. A two year old child has a memory of a father with an iron hook, screwed into the end of his wooden arm. By the end of this sequence the child poet has grown up to learn – never a hen was born, that didn’t die in debt…or cutting the cloth of truth into stories and poems.