Zone: poems of the Bosnian War, Stuart Laycock

Zone: poems of the Bosnian War, Stuart Laycock


Zone: poems of the Bosnian War. Stuart Laycock.
ISBN 978-1-869848-04-0. 72 pp.
198mm x 129mm. November 2015


THE POEMS BY STUART LAYCOCK IN ZONE sympathetically visit and revisit Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990’s, moving between places of safety and war-torn regions.

Witnessing and experiencing shocks to the fabric of the lives of people young and old during a conflict in which humanity was painfully lost, the poet recalls the burnt and bullet-holed emblems of life, broken bridges, fear on the roads and precious moments of respite – not without some wry humour.

Observing a cat in the ruins, seeing the wounded in hospital, or meeting a boy without a smile, the poet travels in the wake of the fighting trying to make sense of the worst that can befall.

This book contains photos, stills from video film taken by the author. The photo on the left of this page is of Stuart Laycock from the ID card carried in Bosnia, 1994.

‘This searing, deliberately underwritten collection….key to the overriding sense of dignified restraint is Laycock’s diction, as plain as everyday speech, often even less ornate than that…uniquely authentic and heartfelt.’ – Nick Cooke, London Grip

‘Laycock is especially good at describing the bleak details of a landscape transformed by war” Andy Croft, Morning Star, February 27-28, 2016

“So incredibly poignant and moving”
– Sir Nick Young, former charity Chief Executive.

Stuart Laycock studied Classics at Cambridge, has written history books including All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded and has also been a writer in advertising and marketing. Over a period of three years during the Bosnian War he took part in seven aid missions to the country and he continued to visit Former Yugoslavia on aid missions long after the war. His poem Grammar was shortlisted for the Festival Poet of the Year Award at the 2015 Canterbury Festival. This was his first published collection of poems.


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