We don’t let Doris get in our way

Well, we try not to anyway, what’s a storm when you have books to launch? Our audience was a little diminished for the launch of Foraging and With Paper for Feet, announced by a flurry of text and emails saying that various modes of transport were curtailed, delayed or unavailable.

We had a good time nonetheless. Here’s a couple of videos from the launch at The Nightingale Room at Keats House Library.

Joy Howard reading A Perfect Hexagon from Foraging

and Jennifer A McGowan reading Icarus from With Paper for Feet

You can catch Jennifer reading from With Paper for Feet next on

Friday 03/03/2017 7.30
Albion Beatnik 34 Walton Street Oxford OX2 6AA
£2 on the door

Saturday 04/03/2017 2pm
North Kensington Library 108 Ladbroke Grove London W11 1PZ
free but please book via EventBrite

It’s poetry publication day!

Today we publish two poetry books: With Paper for Feet by Jennifer A McGowan

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and Foraging by Joy Howard

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Available from excellent bookshops everywhere, and online from us and our lovely sales partners Inpress, and the usual suspects.

If you haven’t yet RSVPed for the launch party tonight, please do let us know if you are coming! Otherwise there may not be enough vino to go round, and that would be truly terrible.

We’ve already had a review for each book!

 

Poetry Review — Foraging

A lovely review from ‘evil cyclist’

Evilcyclist's Blog

Foraging by Joy Howard
Foraging by Joy Howard is a short collection of mostly nature and personal poems. Howard runs Grey Hen Press and edits and publishes anthologies featuring poetry by older women. Her work has appeared in several publications over the years. Foraging is her first collection in quite some time.

Howard’s skill with words is quite impressive. This collection is mostly short poems that use few words to create sharp, crisp images. The words align like atoms in a perfect crystal. Every word used is needed and no word is unnecessary. Not a single word is out of place in her poetry matrix. I thought early on that this might be an arbitrary trait I picked up in her writing. Howard confirmed my thinking with the poem “A Perfect Hexagon” which examines the honeycomb structure of a beehive from an engineering and mathematical perspective. She mimics the bees efficiency in her writing…

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Poetry Review –With Paper for Feet

With Paper for Feet by Jennifer A McGowan is a collection of narrative poems using folklore, historical literature, and even religion as a source. McGowan, one of Oxford’s Back Room Poets, gr…

Source: Poetry Review –With Paper for Feet

Tour posters have arrived

This could almost pass for organised.

Tour posters for With Paper for Feet and Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed

Just got to get them out to the venues and other willing post-uppers now.

(both cover designs by Kevin Threlfall btw)

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The Story Sessions Winter tales videos

Videos of the readings from January’s Winter Tales Story Sessions.

Stories:

Poems:

Thank you to everyone who came along and read: Rosalind Stopps, Math Jones, Cath Blackfeather, Nancy Charley, Anne Macaulay, Michael Carey, Alison Lea, Annalie Wilson.

And to those who couldn’t make it and were read by Annalie: Megan E Freeman and Karina Lutz

if you want to take part in the NEXT Story Sessions, the theme is Retelling Tales (so… myth/ legend/ folklore/ famous stories with your own take) Headlining: Jennifer A McGowan.

We’ve got some great ones already, but we’d like more to choose from. Submit via Submittable, before the end of February for this one, or if you have something for May’s Fantasy theme you have a bit longer.

As usual, Annalie Wilson is available to read on behalf of people too geographically distant  to make it, and the very shy; and there is a SMALL budget for travel expenses if you want to come and read yourself. Plus of course, the audience luck dip that is Flash From the Floor. 100 words on theme prepared in advance or written in the interval!

Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed – trailer

Watch the trailer…

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Short Stories from Final Shortest Day Longest Night Tour Gig

Videos of the stories read at North Kensington Library for the final leg of the book tour for Shortest Day, Longest Night.

Katy DarbyIn the Blind

Pauline Walker Left of Earth Right of Venus

Cherry Potts The Midwinter Wife (extract)

Liam Hogan The End of Everything

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Stop Press: The pre-pub copies of Liam’s Collection Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed have arrived!

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Poetry from Shortest Day Longest Night at North Kensington Library

The final date in the Shortest Day, Longest Night tour, at North Kensington Library and videos of the poets. Short stories will follow.

AJ Akoto reads Bite

Lisa Kelly reads (part of) Daylight Saving Time

Bob Beagrie reads Dunking For a New Sun

Yes, I know, I need to get a camera that STAYS in focus.

Shortest Day Longest Night on Tour – Wivenhoe – Video

Video of the trip to Wivenhoe!

Extracts from Katy Darby reading her own Hunt & Pray and Rosalind StoppsDeliver Me, Cherry Potts reading from The Midwinter Wife, David Steward reading the whole of The Cutty Wren, and Lisa Kelly reading the whole of Daylight Saving Time.

You can catch the final planned tour date for Shortest Day, Longest Night Saturday 04/02/2017 2pm North Kensington Library
Poems: Bob Beagrie, Lisa Kelly, A J Akoto. Story: Katy Darby, Liam Hogan, Pauline Walker, Cherry Potts  FREE but TICKETED

We are still researching further dates, but this is all that are planned for the moment.

Buy the book: Shortest Day, Longest Night

Help us crowdfund for the rest of the tour and the next books