Sadie McCarney

Sadie McCarney is a Canadian poet who grew up in Nova Scotia. She now lives on Prince Edward Island, where she also writes fiction. Her work has been widely published in a variety of publications including Plenitude, Grain, Prairie Fire, The Malahat Review, The Puritan, Room and The Best of The Best Canadian Poetry in English among other places.

Here is work scratched with wit, and warmth where you least expect it. Blunt, sharp, tough and tender, with shithouse Picassos and supermarket fairytales, McCarney’s poems are led by voice and I am glad to follow.       Lily Blacksell

Listen to Sadie read the sequence Steeltown Songs from the collection.

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ISBN 978-1-904551-91-1  £12 plus £2p&p

Published April 2020 (in conjunction with University of Regina Press, Canada)

pre-orders for UK/Europe* now being taken.

(pre-orders/copies will be despatched on Monday 24 February)

* we are only able to supply this book in UK/Europe. If you are in Canada/US you can purchase the University of Regina edition.


Live Ones reads like a tomboy with its pockets full of rhinestones, placing them lovingly on the graves of the dead.

This rewarding debut collection grapples with mourning, coming of age, and queer identity against the backdrop of small-town and rural Canada. Sadie McCarney’s poems are intensely honest, photographic in detail yet frequently surreal. They inhabit their own unique space between the humour of the everyday and the sorrows of human emotion. They are in turn playful and serious, lucid yet strange, creating an enthralling read from cover to cover.

Sadie’s website is : www.sadiemccarney.com

Sadie McCarney, Poet, Tall Lighthouse