A Voice Coming from Then On Tour

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This Autumn we’re taking A Voice Coming from Then on tour in Wales, to celebrate the collection winning the English Language Poetry Category in the 2022 Wales Book of the Year Awards. Join us at one of the events below for readings and conversation with poet Jeremy Dixon (and occasional guests).

Links to tickets for all the events will be updated as they become available.

05/10/2022  6.30pm The Hours, Brecon details and tickets
06/10/2022 (National Poetry Day) 1-2 pm Waterstones, Carmarthen details and tickets
06/10/2022 (National Poetry Day) 7pm Waterstones, Cardiff details and tickets
13/10/2022 5.45pm Cardiff Central Library Hub, a joint event with George Sandifer-Smith details and tickets

09/11/2022 7pm Storyville, Pontypridd details and tickets
10/11/2022 7.30pm Aberystwyth Library click for details and tickets, or call the library to book your free place: 01970 633717
29/11/2022 Typewronger, Edinburgh (details to follow)
30/11/2022 Lighthouse Books, Edinburgh (details to follow)
If you would like any more information about any of these events, please contact outreach@arachnepress.com.

We are crowdfunding to support this tour! We have the dates booked and will definitely be there, but we could use some help to pay for travel and accommodation and at the moment, we are not receiving any grant support.

All the events above are free, and the book sales we make won’t cover our costs, but it’s really important to make the most of the award, and to get this book out into bookshops and libraries and talk about it.

If you can help, either by donating or sharing the Kickstarter page, we would be very grateful: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1477491501/a-voice-coming-from-then-tour

A Pocketful of Chalk Online Launch

We went the for the whole gamut of launches for A Pocketful of Chalk, outdoors, in a barn, in a museum and on line! Here’s the online version, a triumph of technology that took a lot of setting up – those downs are beautiful, but they interfere with Claire’s internet signal. A lot of testing and rearranging of kit was involved, and turning off of interfering phones etc, but it worked!

First Set

Second Set

Q&A

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Happy Birthday, A Voice Coming From Then!

Today is exactly one year since we published A Voice Coming From Then by Jeremy Dixon. Largely written and edited during lockdown, A Voice Coming From Then recently won the English-language Poetry award at the Wales Book of the Year 2022 and this has given us another chance to celebrate Jeremy and his extraordinary collection in real life.

We’re building an A Voice Coming From Then tour of Wales this Autumn, with events already planned at several libraries, independent bookshops and Waterstones stores across Wales this October and November.

If you run a bookshop, library, arts venue or poetry night, then please get in touch with us on outreach@arachnepress.com and let us know if you’d be interested in hosting an event with Jeremy Dixon as a part of this tour.

If you’re in Wales (or close by) and would like to see Jeremy reading from A Voice Coming From Then, please keep an eye on our blog and social media channels for the event dates and locations – coming soon!

For now, we are celebrating A Voice Coming From Then‘s book birthday with an online offer: buy a copy of the print book from our webshop and we’ll send you a code for 50% off the ebook or audiobook, which is beautifully narrated by Nigel Pilkington.

A Voice Coming From Then starts with Jeremy Dixon’s teenage suicide attempt and expands to encompass themes of bullying, queerphobia, acceptance and support.

As well as exploring identity, the tragic effects of bullying and the impact of suicide, this collection also includes unexpected typography, collage, humour, magic, discotheques and frequent appearances from the Victorian demon, Spring-heeled Jack.

One of the Wales Book of the Year judges commented: “I really admire Jeremy’s ability to be so vulnerable. I felt like he just really put his heart and his whole self into the collection.” Congratulations to Jeremy on having this immensely personal and moving collection out in the world for a whole year. 

A Pocketful of Chalk at Keats House

Claire Booker reading at the launch of A Pocketful of Chalk, in the beautiful Chester Room at Keats House

Hey Diddle Diddle

 

Dinosaur Boy

 

Drone Boys

 

Green Ray

 

Grey Heron

 

Long Man Dreaming

 

Mirabelles

 

Morning After

 

Fisherman’s Daughter

 

Remembering Chocolate

 

The Wrasse

 

Looking Towards Smock Mill

 

 

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Eight Poems for Seven Sisters

In which we discover that ancient barns have no soundproofing at all, while reading poems about the glory of the landscape outside.

Claire Booker reads from her poetry collection A Pocketful of Chalk at the visitor centre at Seven Sisters Country Park, between the downs and the sea.

 

Fisherman’s Daughter

 

Breaking Out

 

Drone Boys

 

Gaia in the Garden

 

Green Ray

 

Grey Heron

 

On the Centenary of my Teacups

 

Looking Towards Smock Mill

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A Pocketful of Chalk out and about

As we head towards a bank holiday weekend and you are perhaps thinking of a walk, here, somewhat delayed, are the poems from A Pocketful of Chalk that Claire Booker read en plein-air in Seven Sisters Country Park, above Cuckmere Haven, in perfect walking weather back at the end of July.

 

Towards Beachy Head

 

Dinosaur Boy

 

Hey Diddle Diddle

 

Long Man Dreaming

 

Mirabelles

 

On Beacon Hill

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A470 on the Road day 6 Brecon

Video by Dai Powell: Diana Powell, Sian Northey, Siôn Aled, Gareth Writer-Davies, Stephen Payne and clare e potter read under the trees of Brecon cathedral close, hosted by Leigh and Nicki of The Hours bookshop.

The book is back in stock available from our webshop and good bookshops everywhere

audience under the trees

clare e potter

stephen payne

Gareth Writer-Davies

Sian Northey

Diana Powell

Siôn Aled

 

 

 

Paper Crusade online launch videos

Videos from the online launch of Paper Crusade (also available as an eBook) in which poet Michelle Penn introduces us to the cast of characters in her reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Introduction

The Sea

The Daughter

The Father

C

the spirit

 

 

A470 on the road day 5 National Library of Wales Videos

Nowhere near the A470 of course, but such a prestigeous venue!

And such lovely people, Pedr ap Llwyd, the librarian (National Librarian, I suppose!), said

it was an amazing, warm, friendly, enriching event and the book is a treasure trove of excellent verse.

and then there was such a gorgeous view over the town and the sea!

view from the library

Our Next A470 event is Sunday 10th July 3:30pm, , £5 part of Gŵyl Arall Festival, Caernafon. Editors Ness Owen & Sian Northey will be joined by Sion Aled, Sara Louise Wheeler, and Lowri Williams to read and talk about the book.

Intro from Cherry Potts

 

Ness Owen

 

Rae Howells (I am authorised to report that the patient survived)

 

Siôn Aled

 

Gareth Writer-Davies & Sandra Evans

 

Diana Powell

 

Pat Edwards and Siôn Aled

 

Sara Louise Wheeler

 

Rhys Owain Williams & Sian Northey

 

Sian Northey

at this point I realised I was running out of space on the camera, so things got a bit hairy…

Jeremy Dixon and Siôn Aled (sorry, I clipped the beginning)

Lowri Williams (Just in Welsh as the camera ground to a halt)

Did you hear the coverage on the book on Classic FM and on BBC6 Music?

And see the coverage in the Guardian?

 

A Voice Coming From Then shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year!

We couldn’t be more excited to share the news that A Voice Coming From Then by Jeremy Dixon is on the shortlist (of three!) for the 2022 English-language Wales Book of the Year, in the Poetry category.

We are celebrating by holding an online event with the other shortlisted poets, Angela Gardner and Abeer Ameer, on 20th July at 7pm. Get your free ticket here.

A Voice Coming From Then, which we published in August 2021, starts with poet Jeremy Dixon’s teenage suicide attempt and expands to encompass themes of bullying, queerphobia, acceptance and support.

As well as exploring identity, the tragic effects of bullying and the impact of suicide, this collection also includes unexpected typography, collage, humour, magic, discotheques and frequent appearances from the Victorian demon, Spring-heeled Jack.

 

Jeremy Dixon said: “I am beyond delighted that my collection of poems dealing with bullying, queerphobia and attempted suicide has made the shortlist of Wales Book of the Year 2022. My greatest hope throughout the difficult writing process was that the book would be understood and resonate with an audience beyond myself. For the book to have been selected by the judges is the most unexpected and welcome compliment!”

‘beyond delighted…’

The Wales Book of the Year Award is an annual prize celebrating outstanding literary talent from Wales across many genres and in both English and Welsh. Today, Friday 1 July, Literature Wales announced which books have reached the English-language Wales Book of the Year Short List 2022.

YOU can VOTE for the people’s choice from the shortlist via Wales Art Review

The winners will be announced on BBC Radio Wales on 29 July.

Congratulations Jeremy!  We are so pleased A Voice Coming From Then is getting the attention it deserves.

You can order a copy of A Voice Coming From Then from our webshop. To celebrate Jeremy’s place on the shortlist, we’ll send you a code for 50% off either the ebook or audiobook, when you order a print copy.

Any press enquiries, please email Saira Aspinall on outreach@arachnepress.com.