Paul Abbott has been writing poetry seriously for some time. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Tower’s poetry classes; he won Oxford’s Newdigate Prize, and published a highly-regarded short book, Flood, with Archipelago in 2008. He has since held a number of positions in Westminster politics, most recently as Chief of Staff to the Conservative Party Chairman during the 2015 General Election campaign, based at Conservative Central Headquarters. He now works in commercial campaigning, and lives with his wife and daughter in London. The seven poems here are taken from a collection he has been working on for the last seven years: The Northern Line.