The English Strain is the new collection of poetry by UEA alumnus Robert Sheppard and has just been published by Shearsman. In 1979 Robert became the first poet to graduate from the UEA Creative Writing MA. A prolific poet, he subsequently became Professor of Creative Writing and Programme Leader of the MA Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. He was the editor, with fellow UEA graduate Scott Thurston (1991), of the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry and is the co-editor of Atlantic Drift. His selected poems, History or Sleep, is published Shearsman, along with The Robert Sheppard Companion, edited by James Byrne and Christopher Madden.