my books



The manuscript for my debut poetry collection, ‘and my heart crumples like a coke can’ is being typeset as we speak, the cover is in the process of being designed by someone very designy & the finished book will be published by Wakefield Press in May 2018!  Barely containing excitement here!

praise for ‘and my heart crumples like a coke can’ …

‘One of the wittiest, liveliest and most moving collections I’ve read in recent years. These poems are sassy, heartwrenching and unforgettable. They evoke the best of Bukowski and Ginsberg while being the unique product of a contemporary female mind, a mind that is hilarious, provocative and – remarkable. Reading this collection made me feel like I was at a book festival, stand-up comedy night and therapy session all at once. Every poem is an event.’    Kevin MacNeilauthor of The Brilliant & Forever, The Stornoway Way, A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll & Hyde, The Diary of Archie the Alpaca.

‘Ali Whitelock’s observations are funny and playful, there is a real honesty to her work and it is in no way pretentious, it’s the kind of poetry that I want to re-read even before I have finished reading it.’   Edward Crossan, Poetry Editor, Polygon Edinburgh.  

‘Ali Whitelock writes a poetry of excoriating tenderness.  Whitelock is Bukowski with a Glaswegian accent and a nicer wardrobe.  These poems, trying not to be poems at all, are acts of love and defiant triumphs of order over disorder, Hurrahs that cry down all  disarray.’  Mark Tredinnick, poet and author of The Blue Plateau, The Little Red Writing Book, Blue Wren Cantos, The Lyre Bird & Other Poems.   


‘POKING SEAWEED WITH A STICK & RUNNING AWAY FROM THE SMELL’     (published to critical acclaim in australia and in the uk)

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“Alison Whitelock dreamed of shooting her father with a sawn off shotgun. Her brother planned to use the longest knife in the cutlery drawer, and her mother tried to poison him with out-of-date tranquilisers. And he deserved it. This wee book is a bittersweet account of growing up in Scotland in the strange and brutal kingdom we call home. But Poking seaweed with a stick is anything but a tale of childhood suffering. With a whimsical disregard for all that’s proper, Alison Whitelock tells her story not as an adult remembering her past, but as the child who experienced ‘all that shite’ first hand.  Poking seaweed with a stick and running away from the smell is an enchanting Scottish tale that will have you smiling through your tears and laughing till you cry.”


‘A hilarious, no-misery memoir,’ – The Scotsman

‘Candid and rhythmic…humour is her safeguard against the terrible things she tells us,’ – Sunday Herald

‘Remarkably life affirming,’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

‘Charmingly cynical,’ – The Scottish Review of Books

‘Joyous!’ – Julie, Waterstones Lancaster

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