The Earth is a Bookcase came into being during the summer of 2020. Despite a global pandemic forcing museums to close their doors, the wonderful team at the Lapworth Museum of Geology allowed Beth to undertake a remote internship, creating written content for their first souvenir guidebook.
Review: This pamphlet does not only piece together the puzzles of our geological past, it also holds up a feminist lens to highlight the prejudice that female scholars have faced in times of great scientific exploration, considering how change can be implemented for those who come next. O’Brien exposes the invisible lines of society and landscape, and the imperfect grace within. Above all, we are reminded that “it might seem untidy, but there is comfort in the earth”. Claire Walker—poet and editor
I Left the Room Burning (Wild Pressed Books, 2021)
A woman who never wanted children finds herself reluctantly bringing up her sister’s daughter. The narrative threaded through these eighty short poems confuses and obfuscates, whilst completely drawing the reader in to the extent that by the end, one is left with the feeling of having watched a deeply immersive film or read an engrossing novella.
This pamphlet is a collection of poems that centres on the theme of disability, visual impairment, and dealing with how people react to one with a disability.
Light Perception discusses the feeling of being labelled as ‘wrong’ from a young age, the struggle of trying to seem as able as possible, even if it’s just an act, and coming to terms with learning that everyone needs help sometimes.