Slips (1)


Slips collects together for the first time the full range of Mark Pirie’s cricket poetry which started life as a 24-page booklet in 2008. Pirie’s poems have been regularly published in The Cricket Society News Bulletin over the past decade. Here are poems on many facets of the beautiful game, ranging from tributes to players past and present, poetry notes on matches and tests, comments on the more social aspects of the game, imaginary fictions such as Outer Space cricket and more.

“The Cricket Society has always supported poetry along with cricket and it has been one of my pleasures as Editor of our Bulletin, published eight times a year, to frequently feature the poems of Mark Pirie. I cannot think of a modern poet whose work I and our members, enjoy more. I am delighted that he has now put together a comprehensive collection of his cricketing output (he also writes on other subjects) and slightly startled that he has asked me to write a Foreword.

Put simply, if you love cricket and poetry you are bound to enjoy this collection. I love both and have found great enjoyment in Mark’s poems which have been put together for you. Our summer game is fortunate to have found such a good and talented friend and chronicler in Mark Pirie.” – John Symons, from the Foreword