Bob Beagrie

Bob Beagrie lives in Middlesbrough and is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Teesside University. He has published seven collections of poetry, including most recently Leasungspell (Smokestack, 2016). His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies and has been translated into ten languages. Beagrie is co-director of Ek Zuban Press and Literature Development and is a founder member of the experimental poetry and music collective Project Lono.

Photo: Kevin Howard


Leasungspell »

An Anglo Saxon Fool's Tale: an epic journey through the wilds of the Dark Ages, with Bob Beagrie and friends

Sat 4 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £5.00/£4.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre


An extract from Leasungspell

i hæfd lytel mynd o’ the lang wics an’ mónaþ
i dwelt in The Glōm, undra the fét of swín
æfter burian mi hus-hold. Lost te The Glōm –
that healfweg stæd ’twixt life an’ deað, hwær
both leoht an’ deorcnysse sting, an’ mi bodig
wæs náht but spore-clood floetan thruh wudu,
in a baelfyl swell o’ sárness, mi gob scoren of words.

Flagen bie ælc dogged dawn, gutted bie ælc dosk.
Flitan in deaðscóha thru offéolle-leoht
a þing i becyæm, a Greneling o’ fern frond,
braccen, mos, that bathe decay in fancie dress
an’ weax agan fram rott. Mi eyes wær rain-hrings
on stil watter hwær oftymes i wolde leah
wið scwal-wæsced scinn, oþþe amang snow flacces
swirlan fram a holhow on a hyllsyde, scifferan;
oþþe hwenne i stod on a peac thie becyæm
the cascet o’ the lyft lifen blaw that byrns oot
the breost-wund an’ drawes oot pus wið ælc scryce.


Bob Beagrie

From Leasungspell (Smokestack, 2016)