Charles Boyle (poet)

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Charles Boyle (born in Leeds in 1951) is a British poet. He has published a novella, 24 for 3, under the pseudonym "Jennie Walker."[1]

Boyle read English at Cambridge, taught in a Sheffield comprehensive and in Egypt[2] and worked in publishing, including several years at Faber and Faber.

In 1980 he married painter Madeleine Strindberg.[3]

He is best known for writing The Age of Cardboard and String. This book of poems had favourable reviews from The Guardian[4] and Magma Poetry.[5]

In 2007, as a result of his difficulty in getting 24 for 3 published, he established CB editions, a small press dedicated to novellas, translations, and writing in other genres often neglected by mainstream publishers.

Boyle's An Overcoat: Scenes from the Afterlife of H.B., written under the pseudonym "Jack Robinson", was featured in The Guardian's Nicholas Lezard's choice column in April 2017, with Lezard concluding, "I can't think of a wittier, more engaging, stylistically audacious, attentive and generous writer working in the English language right now".[6]



Under the pseudonym Jennie Walker[edit]

Under the pseudonym Jack Robinson[edit]

  • Robinson, Jack (24 April 2009). Recessional (Paperback ed.). CB Editions. ASIN B01HCADYLW. 
  • Robinson, Jack (10 November 2010). Days and Nights in W12 (Paperback ed.). CB Editions. ISBN 978-0956107374. 
  • Robinson, Jack (17 March 2016). An Overcoat: Scenes from the Afterlife of H.B. Paperback (Paperback ed.). CB Editions. ISBN 978-1909585249. 


  1. ^ Bloxham, Andy (2008-06-20). "Lauded book by Jennie Walker is really by Charles Boyle". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-06-20. . Boyle wrote a short piece about misidentifications of authors (TLS, September 28, 2012, 16) in which he good-naturedly referred to vandalism of this Wikipedia biography.
  2. ^ Cover copy of Charles Boyle, Affinities (Manchester: Carcanet 1977)
  3. ^ Jeremy Noel-Tod; Ian Hamilton, eds. (2013), The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English, Oxford University Press, p. 65, ISBN 978-0-19-964025-6 
  4. ^ Lezard, Nicholas (2001-03-31). "Cheeky alibis". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  5. ^ Killingworth, Michael (Summer 2001). "When lack of love contaminates". Magma Poetry. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  6. ^ Lezard, Nicholas (22 April 2017). "An Overcoat: Scenes from the Afterlife of H.B. by Jack Robinson". The Guardian (Review section). London. p. 18. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 

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