Lockdown reading: support bookshops (recommended coping strategies)

Lockdown is just round the corner, and with it, your local indie bookshop will be closing. How will you cope? ESPECIALLY if you haven’t done your christmas shopping yet? (I feel like this list should be illustrated by Tom Gauld)

1 RUN to the shop before Thursday 5 November and PILE up books until you can carry no more (Highly Recommended)

Our favourite bookshops… we highly recommend you run here and pile high: Gay’s the Word, Lighthouse, Housmans, Bookseller Crow on the Hill, Review, to name but a very few.

2 Use you local Bookshop’s website to order. (Highly Recommended)

3 Oh NO! your local bookshop doesn’t have a website (yet)? Order direct from the Publisher, especially if they are an independent – they too will suffer from bookshops being closed! Hint, our webshop is here (Highly Recommended!)

4 Still no joy? Head over to Bookshop.org where every sale supports independent bookshops, and you can choose which bookshop gets a cut of the cover price, if you want to, otherwise it’s shared equally between all the participating bookshops. (And if you CLICK this particular link (here it is again, Bookshop.org) we get a tiny referal fee too! You’ll land on our page, where amongst other things, there is list of books we recommend for writers, and a list of some of the other books written by our authors. You can skip off and search for other books elsewhere, and we still get a tiny thankyou from Bookshop, so you know, everybody wins. (Highly Recommended)

5 Want to support global conglomerates that have poor records of staff management and tax paying? Just so you get the book cheaper? …What are you doing on our website?

Coming Soon: A Gift of Rivers

The moment the book becomes ‘real’ for me as the publisher, is when I hold the ‘running sheets’ in my hand. These are an actual print of the book, unbound, sent from the printer for quality control purposes.

That’s the point I start gearing up for publicity and all that jazz.

As on this occasion the arrival of the running sheets has coincided with the last week of LGBT History Month, it is appropriate that the book in question is Kate Foley’s love letter to her wife, A Gift of Rivers.

Kate has to be in Amsterdam when the book is due out, so there will be a pre-publication ‘launch’ on 5th April at the lovely Gay’s the Word. Everyone welcome.Books will actually be available from us, by the end of March so feel free to preorder.

And Kate will also be speaking at the London Book Fair Poetry Collective at 17.30 on Tuesday 10th April.

We are looking at whether we can have an official launch-day party in Amsterdam on 26th April!

REVIEWERS If you would like a copy please get in touch.

 

Kate Foley & Cherry Potts reading at Gay’s the Word – Video

We had a great evening at Gay’s the Word – thank you to Uli & Jim – and despite Kate’s determination to walk out of shot, we have some video – where it got silly, with just a sleeve on show, there’s audio instead.

Here’s Cherry reading a bit about family from The Dowry Blade, chosen specially to link with Kate’s themes, and not read elsewhere.

and audio of the other section read

Here’s Kate reading a varied selection of poems from The Don’t Touch Garden

Blue Glass, Empty Pram:

Oral History:

My Father Counting Sheep:

The Elephant Aunts:

 

and here, reading an abridged version of the long title poem.

continued off camera…

More dates for The Dowry Blade readings

Moving into March already.

Meet author Cherry Potts and hear readings from The Dowry Blade, buy a signed copy, and ask questions if you feel so inclined!

Cherry and Julian small

3rd March, 7pm 

Beckenham Bookshop

42 High Street
Beckenham
Kent
BR3 1AY

(near Beckenham Junction)

 

 

 

 

IMG_857024th March 7pm

Gays The Word

66 Marchmont Street
London
WC1N 1AB

(Between Kings Cross and Russell Square Tube stations)

A joint reading with Kate Foley, poetry and fantasy, what a heady mix!

Readings from The Dowry Blade and The Don’t Touch Garden

£3 on the door, but there’s alcohol.