Publishing interesting books...
We published our first book City without a head in 2013 to rave reviews. City without a head is an anthology of creative writing, which if you had to search for it online, might be found under the sub-headings of 'psychogeography', or poetry about place, or experimental prose. Since then we have been working on developing our micro-publishing project.
As a micro-press, we only publish small printruns, using 'old fashioned' or handmade technologies. Books and magazines are printed in the UK in low printruns using recycled paper, vegetable dyes where possible and are as environmentally friendly as we can make them. We have a growing list of poetry, fiction and plays.
How to order books: UK based buyers can buy now with Paypal by choosing a category below, or email for information on other ways to pay. Non-UK based buyers and bulk buyers should email us too for an accurate postage quote.
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Debut poetry collection by Rosemary McLeish
Wordsmithery have just published, I am a field, the debut full-length collection from Selling-based writer Rosemary McLeish.
Rosemary’s poem ‘Red Rebecca’ (which is included in this collection) was chosen by the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy as runner-up in the 2018 MsLexia/Poetry Book Society Women’s Poetry Competition. Of the poem Ms Duffy said: “I love the salty relish and brio of this poem, and its narrative quality. The voice of Red Rebecca is very exuberant and funny. And there’s a hint of archaic authenticity about it, as though it’s a translation of an old Gaelic song.”
Barry Fentiman Hall of Wordsmithery first encountered Rosemary reading her poetry at the Burns Night event he hosts regularly in Faversham at The Yard, 2 years ago. Barry says: “Rosemary was an absolute revelation. The audience was transfixed, I was lucky to be standing not 2ft away when she read ‘I am a field’, the title poem of the book.”
Rosemary’s collection I am a field is a poetic memoir focussing on place and nature. Rosemary will be launching the book at Breaking Bread Rochester on Saturday 9 February from 6.30pm. Entry is free and there will be readings from Rosemary and other poets and storytellers.
There is also a London launch at The Poetry Cafe on Thursday 21 February, with support from 6 poets and a fiction writer.
Buy I am a field (£10 plus postage)
Read an interview with Rosemary at the Confluence website.
New poetry collections from two of Kent's live lit scene familiars
We have recently published two debut collections by poets who will be familiar to those on the Kent live lit scene.
Barry Fentiman Hall's England, my dandelion heart is a collection of poems about life in the post-Brexit England.
"A bold, daring collection that is both a lament for and a celebration of England, the Medway delta and the poet’s Northern roots.” Bill Lewis
Jonathan Terranova's Longing for more is a collection of poems about the loss of a brother and the loss of a lover.
"Jonathan Terranova is a brave poet with a disarming honesty and an ability to completely immerse you in his world." Mark Holihan
You can buy both here. (£10 plus postage)
New poetry collection - One Man's Trash by Matt Chamberlain and Spreken
One man's trash by Matt Chamberlain and Spreken is a collection of poems which seek to find the beauty in the mundane. Chamberlain and Spreken sent deliberately uninspiring photos to each other, then wrote poems about the images. What has resulted is a collection of tender and honest poems which communicate the fragility of life.
“... a heightened celebration of the mundane and the ordinary; minutiae of life lifted up for public scrutiny.” WOW Kent
Available for £8 (+ postage, UK). Click here to buy.
Play: God's Waiting Room by Karen Bartholomew
God's Waiting Room
An end of life comedy.
Mother is dying slowly, the wait is unbearable, the pressures insurmountable, the thoughts unbelievable. Surely a gesture towards God's bigger plan is needed? Sisters, Stella and Connie may be different from one another but share a common and profound love for their Mother. Can things really continue as they are?
Cast: Karren Winchester, Clive Ward, Karen Bartholomew
Directed by: Tracey Wilkinson
★★★★ ‘Poignant, funny and beautifully accurate’ London Pub Theatres
★★★★ 'Many theatre lovers have missed this gem of a play that deserves more exposure' Everything Theatre
★★★★ 'Death explored in a brave way' Remote Goat
The script is available for £9.99 (+ postage, UK). Click here to buy.
My Mind Is Free goes to the Edinburgh Festival
My Mind is Free by Sam Hall is played this year's Edinburgh Festival, with a preview in London at the Waterloo East Theatre on 27 July.
"...definitely an important show to see." 4 stars, Female Arts (Read full review.)
"Sam Hall’s play seeks to capture the individual heart ache of trafficking, while managing to convey the breadth of the issue. Hailing from Vietnam, South America, Romania and UK, the four victims on stage have varied backgrounds and varied experiences of what it means to be trafficked.
Whether it be working on paving driveways, growing cannabis in a nail bar, or prostitution and rape My Mind is Free explores the stories of these victims one by one using flashbacks. As the actors take on roles from each of the stories, the sparse stage with its very few props of crates and blankets reflect what it is to be trafficked, possession-less, and unidentified."
A Younger Theatre. (Full review.)