The Country With No Playgrounds, Elena Croitoru


Category Pamphlets
The debut pamphlet from Elena Croitoru. 

Winner of the Live Canon pamphlet  competition, selected by Hannah Lowe:

“The thematic mix of family, memory
and the history of living in a communist then former communist country
is imaginatively handled throughout this collection. Croitoru makes
the images of a neglected, dilapidated urban spaces somehow beautiful,
and writes with passion about the young girl narrator, wanting to
escape home, while simultaneously pulled back to home and childhood
through poetry." (Hannah Lowe)

Elena Croitoru is a British-Romanian writer and she has an MSt in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. She won the Charles Causley Poetry Prize and has been commended or shortlisted in the Edward Thomas Fellowship Award, the Wales Poetry Award, the Mairtin Crawford Award, the Winchester Poetry Prize, the Teignmouth Poetry Competition & other awards. Her first novel was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Prize - Best Unpublished Novel.
The Country With No Playgrounds is based on her experience growing up during Ceausecu's regime and the post-communist depression. Elena can be found on Twitter: @elenacroitoru