Carole Coates has had four full collections published by Shoestring Press. The latest is Jacob (2016). Carol Ann Duffy has said ‘an extraordinarily riveting narrative poem on the pain of childhood and its long reach, written with forensic care and heart-stopping empathy’. Her three earlier books are The Goodbye Edition (2005) a ‘volume that excites and challenges’ according to Other Poetry; Looking Good (2009) of which Jean Sprackland said ‘these poems revisit intense experience with painful honesty and wry humour’; and Swallowing Stones (2012) of which Elizabeth Burns said ‘she creates an utterly convincing world and peoples it with vivid characters whose voices – sometimes shocking, sometimes lyrical, always perfectly judged – are woven together in this powerful and moving sequence’. Her pamphlet Crazy Days (Wayleave 2014) has been described as ‘an important piece of writing’ by Dilys Wood. She has published extensively in the literary press and her poem ‘Hostilities on a train travelling through Yugoslavia, August 1973’ won second prize in the Mslexia Poetry Competition 2017.