Michelle Penn reading at the Greenwich Book Launch for Noon

Michelle Penn reading Precarious at the Greenwich Book Launch for Noon with much improved sound compared to the live version!

many thanks to Stephen Lawrence Gallery for hosting.

You can buy a copy of the book in any good bookshop or from us direct (and post free within UK) which makes us very happy.

The next launch is in Aberdeen at Blackwells at 5.30 on March 29th, organised by Intuitive Music Aberdeen

Happy Twelfth Night – Solstice Shorts Videos

It’s Twelfth Night, the official end to the festive season, so to mark the occasion here are all the videos from the London session of the Solstice Shorts Festival

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd, Herald the Noon

Precarious, by Michelle Penn

Still No Name  by Marika Josef

High Noon by Marka Rifat read by Carrie Cohen

Noon Son by Alison Lock read by Grace Cookey-Gam

A Vampire at Noon by Patience Mackarness read by Marika Josef

Ian Grosz An Autumn Noon, read by Michelle Penn

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd Green Broom

Toast Crumbs by Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier read by Marika Joseph

Arthur Streeton Advises his Students by Mandy Macdonald, read by Michelle Penn

I am Not Beautiful at Noon by Elinor Brooks read by Grace Cookey-Gam

Under the L by Liam Hogan read by Carrie Cohen

Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Laila Sumpton read by Grace Cookey-Gam

These poems and stories, and those performed at our other venues will be published on March 21st 2019, in the book, NOON which you can preorder now

Poetry Book Fair readings – video and audio

We were at the Poetry Book Fair a couple of weeks ago, but it’s been so busy since I’ve not had a chance to get the recordings of the readings up.

Here they are!

Jeremy Dixon Flax, San Francisco, Pearls over Shanghai, and Tabernacle Lane from Liberty Tales

Math Jones (the end of Grithspell) from The Other Side of Sleep

Sarah James At The Hotel de la Lune

Lisa Kelly Daylight Saving Time

#Arachne5 Joy Howard

As part of our Arachne 5th Anniversary celebrations, we’ve asked all of our authors to come up with a blog, that might have something to do with writing or anniversaries. Some of them responded! This one is from Joy Howard whose collection Foraging we published this year.

Cover Karen Keogh

A real pleasure getting my third collection (but my first with Arachne) underway with Cherry. Carefully edited and beautifully produced. Some poetry publishers produce a nice book and that’s it, but as most poets love showing off, it’s good to have a publisher who also actually sets up reading opportunities. So Happy Anniversary, Arachne, and all power to your elbow for 2018 and beyond.

Pictures (by Nelly Naylor) of Joy getting her chance to ‘Show Off’

Joy Howard reading from Foraging

Kate and Joy signing books

Come to the Party where other people will be showing off!

The Story Sessions – Retelling Tales – Video – Flash From the Floor

Poems from Cherry Potts, David Wilson & Silas Hawkins ‘Flash from the Floor’ at The Story Sessions, Retelling Tales.

With Paper for Feet on Tour week 2

Here’s a poem from With Paper For Feet read by Jennifer A McGowan at Oxford on Friday at the lovely Albion Beatnik:

A Sort of Love Story

You can hear more from Jennifer at Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG this Wednesday 8th March at 7pm, free entry, and refreshments laid on by the lovely library staff. It’s International Women’s Day, so expect a lot of poetry from a female perspective.

Solstice Shorts Video: Star:Light and Wonderwork

Two poems by Pat Tompkins, read by Ray Newe and BSL interpreted by Paul Michaels at Solstice Shorts Festival 2016: Shortest Day 21st December 2016 at Made in Greenwich Gallery London #ACEFunded

Buy the book: Shortest Day, Longest Night

Catch us on Tour: Friday 06/01/2017 7.30 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Poem (and story): Sarah James. Story: Wendy Gill, Pauline Walker, David Mathews, David Steward.

Solstice Shorts Video: Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time a poem written and read by Lisa Kelly and BSL interpreted by Paul Michaels at Solstice Shorts Festival 2016: Shortest Day 21st December 2016 at Made in Greenwich Gallery London #ACEFunded

Catch us on Tour: Friday 06/01/2017 7.30 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Poem (and story): Sarah James. Story: Wendy Gill, Pauline Walker, David Mathews, David Steward.

Buy the book: Shortest Day, Longest Night

Review of The Don’t Touch Garden in Salzburg Review

A lovely long review of Kate Foley‘s The Don’t Touch Garden from Lindsay MacGregor in Poetry Salzburg Review

Kate Foley’s eighth collection, The Don’t Touch Garden, is firmly rooted in her own life…
It is hardly surprising that it has taken Foley, born in 1938, so many years to publish these poems. She confronts difficult issues and complex feelings head on. “Lost Property” (8-9), imagining the distress of her birth mother, ends rue-fully: “She’s lost her memory but not / its weight and shape and pain.” (9)
Foley is adept at using sound, particularly alliteration and rhythm, to bring observed moments to life. So, in the title poem, we distinctly hear the repeated hacking as: “My father coughs the cough that kills / thirty years later” (16).
The collection makes for a challenging read, confronting all of us with the vulnerability of childhood and the isolation that comes with inability to articulate feeling.
But there’s humour too. In an observation which may resonate with many British readers, “My mother murdered cabbage. / It died with a yelp in the pot.”
This is a tender and moving collection. Although it is about adoption, there is something in this collection for anyone who has been a child…

London Book Fair Poetry Pavilion update

9781909208186Our slot at the Poetry Pavilion at London Book Fair has expanded.

We are now reading on Wednesday 13th at 15.35, and Bernie and Jeremy are joined by Math Jones.

Math Jones - Geoff Robinson, photographer

At about 16:10 we will be talking about poetry in performance.

If you are a poet or poet-in-waiting and attending the LBF you might be interested in the Inpress LBF Poetry Prize. email or hand deliver to the pavilion, a poem on the subject of Internationalism.

more information here: : http://inpressbooks.co.uk/pages/lbf-poetry-prize