Monday, 9 September 2019

V. Press Autumn News & Reviews




It's been one of those summers, shaking off the damper days' August rain and getting ready for the start of autumn colour and Keats' "mellow fruitfulness", but not the mists!

On the V. Press front, we've been celebrating a whole range of news, including:

REVIEWS

"This heart-wrenching flash collection tells the story of a poverty-stricken Irish family dealing with the effects of loss and alcoholism. Each flash story can be read as a stand alone yet together they culminate to form a bigger story. Some stories run to a couple of pages in length and other are less than page. Each succeeds in creating a depth of atmosphere and characterisation that is truly impressive. [...]I absolutely loved The Neverlands. It is stunning from start to finish. [...] If you have never read flash fiction before then this collection is an excellent example of the form at its best."

Yasmina Floyer, TSS Publishing, the full, detailed, review here.

The eponymous mosaic flash (first published in Jellyfish Review) that inspired The Neverlands has also just been named one of the Best British and Irish Flash Fiction (BIFFY) 2018-19.

A sample flash, more information and orders of The Neverlands here. And on Monday, 14 October 2019, Damhnait will be be reading from the pamphlet in her Guest Feature at Loose Muse: Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hants SO23 8SB. With Guest Feature poet Katrina Naomi as  Time:  7.30-9.30 p.m. Cost: £6 at the door.




"Natalie Linh Bolderston’s The Protection of Ghosts presents a phenomenal, haunting collection of poems considering family, culture, trauma, grief, and so much more. [...]

"In fewer than 40 pages and just 15 poems, The Protection of Ghosts provides more than a quick read—it’s truly a sensory experience that lingers long after you’ve left its pages."

Juliette SebockThe Poetry Question, full review here.

A sample poem, more information and pamphlet orders here.



“John Lawrence’s The Boy Who Couldn’t Say His Name (V. Press) is a look at living a good life beyond childhood trauma. It’s narrative and emotive and feels like looking out the window and watching time and people move maybe a step below real time. It’s cigarettes, love songs, betrayal, and Christmas morning.”

Christopher Margolin, The Poetry Question, full review here.

"Poetry, whether spoken or read, has the power to console, to annoy, to amuse, to empathise. It’s a complicated relationship between the poet, the poem, and the reader or audience." John Lawrence talks about his collection The boy who couldn't say his name and the power of poetry on the page and in performance in an article on The Poetry Question here

Author insights, themes and readers' notes for many of our titles can also be found in V. Press's The Reading Room here.


While we're sharing reviews, one too for How to Parallel Park by James Davey:

"Only when I’d re-read the pamphlet did I realise how cleverly this poem offers parallel parking as a wider image. If you want to write about the past what do you do? You halt at an appropriate point in your life, look back, start to travel backwards carefully, manoeuvring yourself into the perfect space from which to write — and you may be surprised at what you discover.

"You also bring your sense of humour along for the ride."

D.A. PrinceSphinx, the full OPOI (One Point of Interest) review here.


NEW PRINT RUNS

This summer we've been busy with new print runs on a number of V. Press titles, including The Protection of Ghosts by Natalie Linh Bolderston, Checkout by Kathy Gee, The Neverlands by Damhnait Monaghan and Michael Loveday's Saboteur Awards shortlisted flash fiction novella Three Men on the Edge. We like to keep titles in print for as long as possible, but at the same time predicting demand isn't an exact science. Some titles do sell-out fast, so it really is a case of buy these while you can!




NEW TITLES

Just published earlier this month: the illustrated autumn pamphlet John Dust (poems by Louise Warren, illustrations by John Duffin).

Like a character from a contemporary Somerset folktale,  John Dust is very atmospheric and very bewitching.


PUBLISHING EVENTS

V. Press director, editor and odd-jobber (such is the glam life of small press publishing!) Sarah Leavesley will  be taking in part in two events at next month's Big Poetry Weekend festival in Swindon.

Saturday, 5 October, 2019 – The Big Poetry Weekend, Swindon – Poetry Publishing Panel & Reading

3-4pm Poets & Publishers: Carrie Etter in conversation with Claire Crowther, Deputy Editor of Long Poem Magazine and Sarah Leavesley, Editor of V. Press. £7.

Claire Crowther has published three full collections from Shearsman and five pamphlets, the latest of which, Knithoard from Happenstance, launched in June 2019. Her first collection was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh Prize. Her poetry has been published in many journals including London Review of Books, Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, Poetry Wales, and Times Literary Supplement. She writes reviews, teaches creative writing at Oxford University, and was poet in residence at the Royal Mint.

Sarah Leavesley/Sarah James is an award-winning poet, fiction writer, journalist and photographer, featured in the Guardian, Financial Times, on the BBC, and in the Blackpool Illuminations. Her work ranges across nature, place, the environment, family, relationships, disability and more. Her latest books are How to Grow Matches (Against the Grain Press) and plenty-fish (Nine Arches Press), both shortlisted in the International Rubery Book Awards. She also runs V. Press, a poetry and flash fiction imprint.



4:30-5.30 p.m. Reading by Claire Crowther and Sarah Leavesley. £7.

Venue: Tent Palace of the Delicious Air at Richard Jefferies Museum, Marlborough Road (corner of Day House Lane), Coate Water, Swindon, SN3 6AA

Full programme here.

Tickets (including weekend passes, and day passes at £15) here.

COMING SOON





Sample poems, information endorsements and pre-orders are now available for October's poetry collections: The Aesthetics of Breath by Charles G. Lauder Jr and Cuckoo by Nichola Deane; and Novembers's pamphlet Patience by Nina Lewis.

V. Press editor Sarah Leavesley has also just started going through a select number of submissions from writers whose work we loved but couldn’t take on last submissions window, as well as new titles by existing V. Press authors.

There will be decisions on these over the next few weeks… Meanwhile, the first new title V. Press has taken on for next year is Diane Simmon's flash fiction pamphlet An Inheritance and we're very excited to have this to share with readers soon!

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Launching John Dust

V. Press is very very delighted to announce the launch of John Dust with poems by Louise Warren and illustrated by John Duffin.

“Louise Warren uses grief as an artist uses a sharpened pencil to delicately illustrate that what we leave, we inevitably return to whether through memories or myth.  Nature and Death are dancing partners in this beautifully moving collection of poems which explore the idea of roots in family and place. An earthy reverence combined with the keenest observation brings Somerset alive from the ashes of the past. Here, we find apples, owls, folklore, riddles, hedgerows, all linked by the character of John Dust, who is so much more than mere mortality: “I will be your Silhouette, your Diplomat, your Compass” (‘Swifts’). Indeed, the footnote lets us know that these are all caravans. We are in sympathetic imaginative territory to Jacob Polley’s award-winning Jackself where the reader is engaged and often lulled, only to be taken by surprise. It could be argued this how the process of bereavement works – you think you have arrived at a certain point, only to be off-balanced, but the sense of re-discovery of something lost in these poems, is a joyous reclamation. Many of the poems have found recognition in poetry competitions, but this is more than a collection of standout poems; it is the whole that makes it remarkable. The pamphlet is also illustrated with fine drawings by the artist, John Duffin, which match Warren’s words with their deft yet delicate strokes and serve to highlight the wistful strength of this collection.” Lisa Kelly

“Riddles and rhythms weave the wonderful spell of John Dust – Louise Warren's original Somerset legend is a brilliant feat of imagination, and will leave you wanting more stories of this mythical man and his exquisitely off-kilter world.” Kate Garrett

Like a character from a contemporary Somerset folktale,  John Dust is very atmospheric and very bewitching.

ISBN: 978-1-9165052-8-5
36 pages     
R.R.P. £6.50

John Dust sample poem  by Louise Warren and illustration by John Duffin can be found below.

BUY John Dust using the paypal buttons (with delivery options) below.

John Dust (including P&P/delivery options)


























The Marshes

In the barn, my sofa stands in its puff of white breath,
heavy, patient, packed in tight with the herd,
waiting. I wait for it.

Downstairs, the afternoon moves heavily around the house,
a washing line turns slowly on its stalk,
the carpet in the hallway runs a sluggish ditch.

Back then, before they built on it, back then
the path stumped short into nettles, just fields,
arm of the sky bent round, empty.

Empty as pockets, empty as churches,
empty as milk pails rusting on gateposts.
I look out the windows milky with flat screens,

empty as ditches,
cold in the kitchen, biting like nettles,
sheeny as hoar frost.

Deep inside the bathroom I undress myself for you,
John Dust.
Down to the sedge and water, down to the beak of me,

sharp in the reed bed, down to the hidden.
I strip the light from my skin until I am overcast,
become cloud cover.

John Dust.
My man under the motorway,
flat out in the dark fields, seeding the hedges,

scratching your chest hair, wispy as larches,
pinking like evening, stitchwort and abattoir, bloody as Sedgemoor,
lipped up with cider, scraggy as winter.

You fetch each room, one by one, back to the marshes.
Plant forks and teaspoons, chairs for the heron’s nest,
propped up and broken,

the sky rusting over, smashed up with egg yolks,
water as mirror, water as leather, water as smoke, as trick,
a light under the door.

I stand in the empty
waiting for nothing.
Birds in the buckthorn, a house full of berries.

LAUNCH EVENTS & READINGS

Friday, 6 September 2019
Venue: 49 Great Ormond St, London WC1N 3HZ
6.30 (doors open at 6.15) TO 9.30.
Louise Warren will be reading from her new pamphlet John Dust, with guest poets.
Followed by a wine reception.
Free.

Thursday, 3 October 2019 (8pm-10pm)
Reading at Fire River Poets at the Creative Innovation Centre (CIC), Memorial Hall, Paul St, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3PF.

Monday, 2 December 2019
Wells Fountain Poets, Venue tbc, Wells, Somerset
Please look at website for further details: Fountain Poets.

Thursday, 2 April 2020
Venue: At the Chapel, High St, Bruton, Somerset.
Please look at website for further details: atthechapel.co.uk.

Thursday, 30 April 2020
Words and Ears, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire.
Please look at website for further details: dawngorman.co.uk.


Monday, 5 August 2019

2019 V. Press Prize for Poetry

V. Press is very very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 V. Press Prize for Poetry is 'yngordna' by Kelly Williams, with ‘Writing the Truth’ by Miguel Guerreiro Lourenco as runner-up.

Announcing the 2019 V. Press Prize for Poetry winner, Sarah Leavesley said: “This year’s shortlist from the University of Worcester featured five manuscripts with a delightfully varied selection of themed and focussed writing, across a variety of styles/forms including some stunning vispo.

“Kelly Williams’ ‘yngordna’ (androgny spelled backwards) is a bold and brave exploration of gender, sexuality and love within and against societal expectations. Bristling with vivid imagery, vibrant language and powerful emotions, these poems are not afraid to challenge conventional boundaries in poetry as life. The selection’s focussed theme is reinforced by a natural fluid flow in the poems’ ordering, just as the intensity of the lines is balanced by the poems’ use of line breaks and white space. A fresh and striking selection.

“I was also very struck by Miguel Guerreiro Lourenco’s ‘Writing the Truth’ – a selection of powerful poems that manages the feat of feeling imaginative yet also very real and moving, reinforced again by the choices of form and layout.”

Sarah is now working with Kelly Williams on their pamphlet to be published in 2020 and launched with a university event in The Studio at The Hive, Worcester on the evening of Friday, 1 May, 2020. Runner-up Miguel Guerreiro Lourenco will receive a selection of V. Press titles.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

V. Press Poets at Ledbury Poetry Festival this weekend, Features & Reviews!

HEROINES


"...the heart is tricky and a witch, and doesn’t always actually know what the heart wants. […] But long “Before birth and death / your hands first touched mine in the dark”, and eventually we find forgiveness and love and purpose on the Blue Peninsula."
Christopher Margolin, The Poetry Question, full review here.

Becky Varley-Winter also has a beautiful and fascinating article on The Poetry Question about the Power of Poetry and how it works for  her as both a reader and a writer. You can read that here.

A sample poem, more information about Heroines and ordering are available here.

THE BOY WHO COULDN'T SAY HIS NAME


The boy who couldn’t say his name by John Lawrence is a darkly entertaining debut, bristling with humour and heart in spite of the heart-wrenching story behind the title...

“All the while, these poems remain deeply attentive to musicality, finding rhythm and magic even in the mundane…”

Jade Cuttle, Versopolis Poetry, full review here .

A sample poem, more information about The boy who couldn't say his name and ordering here.


MINGLED SPACE

“Margaret Adkins’ debut poetry pamphlet, Mingled Space, celebrates myth, folklore and witchcraft with impressive care and control. The poet commands a highly evocative use of language, which occasionally forages into formal playfulness…

“There’s a strange charm to these poems, caught in the captivating throes of violence [...] Despite the danger and harm that lurks behind these bizarrely vivid poems, there’s a great deal of gentleness at work, tending to the shadows and silence of the world.”

Jade CuttleVersopolis Poetry, full review here.

A sample poem, more information about Mingled Space and ordering here.

Memories, Moments & Mingled Space: Margaret Akins shares how French philosopher Gaston Bachelard influenced her pamphlet Mingled Space, and considers the mingled spaces of Ledbury Poetry Festival, in an essay for Versopolis.

LIKE LOVE

“In Like love by Brenda Read-Brown, there’s a powerful negotiation of feelings at play, as flesh and fantasy intertwine with spine-tingling and sinister results. These poems are refreshing in that they comment on romance with a cynical somewhat comical tone…

“Besides the romance, these poems are beautiful odes to family love too. ‘Empty rooms’ plunges into the pain of clearing up a child’s bedroom after they have left home, whilst others trace the decline of loved ones, then deal with the gaping hole that’s left once they’re gone. At the same time, the book proudly carries the stamp of superficiality that contemporary society has been conditioned to crave […] There’s a light-hearted glee and glamour to this writing.”

Jade CuttleVersopolis Poetry, full review here.

A sample poem, more information about Like love and ordering here.

LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL - Sunday, 14 July 

This year's Ledbury Poetry Festival includes three V. Press poets, Margaret Adkins, John Lawrence and Brenda Read-Brown, giving FREE 20-minute readings on Sunday, July 14.


Photo by Leah Adkins
20 Minutes with… Margaret Adkins
12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

Margaret Adkins will read from her debut pamphlet, Mingled Space. It won the inaugural V. Press Poetry Prize in association with the University of Worcester, and was launched in May. These poems inhabit real and imagined everyday spaces. Other work features in recent issues of Under the Radar and Prole magazines.


20 Minutes with… John Lawrence
3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

John Lawrence will read from his V. Press debut collection The boy who couldn't say his name. His poems are packed with heart, humour, and a unique slant on everyday life. The Poetry Book Society Spring Bulletin reviewed The boy who couldn't say his name as ‘… a thoroughly enjoyable debut collection. Running the full gamut of the comic and the tragic...’

Photo by Andy Smith
20 Minutes with… Brenda Read-Brown
5:20 pm - 5:40 pm

A look at the sharper edges of life, love and laughter, performance poet Brenda Read-Brown has turned to the page with her new collection, Like love (V Press). “The poems in Like love are uncluttered. They are simple, profound, and immensely touching...” Brian Patten. "These poems remind me of the tingles. I’m so happy to feel them. This collection makes me want to run outside, kiss, fall in leaves and then write.” Hollie McNish

Romalyn Ante is also a Nine Arches/Poetry School Primers:Volume Three poet reading on Saturday, July 13. (You can find details of her V. Press pamphlet Rice & Rain which won the Saboteur Awards 2018 Best Poetry Pamphlet here.)


(Thanks to Herefordshire Libraries who are supporting these readings.) The festival runs from Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 14 and you can check out the full festival programme here.

PS V. Press editor, Sarah Leavesley, will be camped out at the festival at various points, as well as at the V. Press readings. So please do come across and say hello or ask questions about V. Press, our author, the submission process or poetry and publishing in general!

Monday, 1 July 2019

Countdown to Ledbury Poetry Festival & Reviews

Summer is here, if only someone had told the weather. The sunshine is bright at V. Press regardless of the state of the sky outside, as we celebrate more reviews and start the countdown to Ledbury Poetry Festival!!!

REVIEWS

On Kathy Gee's Checkout:

"Nona’s story is a constant; we find out more with each new customer and grow increasingly attached. It’s a brief but beautifully poignant read and one that I’d love to hear performed."

Lisa Williams, Everybody's Reviewing, full review here.

'Miss Armstrong: Invisible woman' from Checkout was also featured as poem of the week at Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre - it can be read here.

For more info about this pamphlet, a sample poem or to buy a copy, click here.


LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL - Sunday, 14 July 

This year's Ledbury Poetry Festival includes three V. Press poets, Margaret Adkins, John Lawrence and Brenda Read-Brown, giving FREE 20-minute readings on Sunday, July 14.


Photo by Leah Adkins
20 Minutes with… Margaret Adkins
12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

Margaret Adkins will read from her debut pamphlet, Mingled Space. It won the inaugural V. Press Poetry Prize in association with the University of Worcester, and was launched in May. These poems inhabit real and imagined everyday spaces. Other work features in recent issues of Under the Radar and Prole magazines.


20 Minutes with… John Lawrence
3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

John Lawrence will read from his V. Press debut collection The boy who couldn't say his name. His poems are packed with heart, humour, and a unique slant on everyday life. The Poetry Book Society Spring Bulletin reviewed The boy who couldn't say his name as ‘… a thoroughly enjoyable debut collection. Running the full gamut of the comic and the tragic...’

Photo by Andy Smith
20 Minutes with… Brenda Read-Brown
5:20 pm - 5:40 pm

A look at the sharper edges of life, love and laughter, performance poet Brenda Read-Brown has turned to the page with her new collection, Like love (V Press). “The poems in Like love are uncluttered. They are simple, profound, and immensely touching...” Brian Patten. "These poems remind me of the tingles. I’m so happy to feel them. This collection makes me want to run outside, kiss, fall in leaves and then write.” Hollie McNish

Romalyn Ante is also a Nine Arches/Poetry School Primers:Volume Three poet reading on Saturday, July 13. (You can find details of her V. Press pamphlet Rice & Rain which won the Saboteur Awards 2018 Best Poetry Pamphlet here.)


(Thanks to Herefordshire Libraries who are supporting these readings.) The festival runs from Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 14 and you can check out the full festival programme here.

P.S. V. Press editor, Sarah Leavesley, will be camped out at the festival at various points, as well as at the V. Press readings. So please do come across and say hello or ask questions about V. Press, our author, the submission process or poetry and publishing in general!

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Happy National Flash Fiction Day!!!

HAPPY NATIONAL FLASH FICTION DAY!!!

To celebrate National Flash Fiction Day 2019, V. Press is delighted to offer a special flash fiction pamphlet offer.

Our 'double delight' flash fiction pamphlet duo means UK-based readers can get Damhnait Monaghan's The Neverlands together with Paul McDonald's Midnight Laughter for just £12.

The offer, which includes postage and packing, runs until the end of the month and is available for UK-delivery only. Please use the Paypal button below to purchase this.

'Double Delight Flash Fiction Pamphlet Duo' (UK delivery only)

NEW FLASH REVIEWS

The Neverlands


"Monaghan draws these characters and their hardscrabble existence with a skilled hand, taking care to grant readers intermittent moments of dark humor and optimism. This slim pamphlet contains unblinking truths about families, motherhood, childhood, poverty, and manages to make readers feel as though they’ve read an epic novel about Nuala and Mammy in just a handful of words."

Frannie McmillanSmokeLong Quarterly, full review here

Midnight Laughter

"This is the perfect collection for someone who wants to read and think, to get something out of the time they put in to reading: weird and wonderful, seductive and strange."

Jon WilkinsEverybody's Reviewing, full review here

FLASH READERS' NOTES & EVENTS

Following on from the new print run and shortlisting of Michael Loveday's flash fiction novella Three Men on the Edge, V. Press is delighted to share the reader's notes and potential discussion points that he has put together for book groups here. (And you can find details of a range of Michael's forthcoming events below.)

FLASH FICTION FESTIVAL - Sunday, 30 June

V. Press is delighted to be taking part in the 'Publishing with an Indie Press' event at this year's , Flash Fiction Festival at Trinity College Bristol, Stoke Hill, Stoke Bishop, 2.45-3.45pm. This event is part of the weekend festival – full details on booking can be found on the festival website at https://www.flashfictionfestival.com/. Diane Simmons, whose debut flash fiction collection Finding A Way was published by Ad Hoc Fiction in February 2019, Damhnait Monaghan, whose debut flash fiction chapbook The Neverlands was published in April 2019 by V. Press, and Susmita Bhattacharya published by Dahlia Press will talk about their journeys to publication and what has happened in the few months since. With publishers Jude Higgins from Ad Hoc Fiction, Sarah Leavesley from V. Press and Farhana Shaikh from Dahlia Press. Diane, Damhnait and Susmita will read samples from their collections and there will be Q and A.

ALSO at the festival:

Saturday, June 29: Michael Loveday (author of Three Men on the Edge) chairs a panel discussion / Q&A on the Novella in Flash with Meg Pokrass, Charmaine Wilkerson, and two writers from this year's Bath Flash Fiction Novella-in-Flash Awards: Ellie Walsh and Johanna Robinson.

Sunday, June 30: Michael Loveday (author of Three Men on the Edge) runs a writing workshop on "Flash Fiction Sequences".

OTHER FLASH EVENTS

Malmesbury Festival , Sunday, August 11, 10am-1pm, Michael Loveday (author of Three Men on the Edge) runs a writing workshop on prose poetry, flash fiction and the cross-over between them.

Retreat West Flash Fiction Retreat , November 18-24, Michael Loveday (author of Three Men on the Edge) teaches some workshops on the novella-in-flash at the 6-day retreat.

Monday, 10 June 2019

More Festival & Other News...

"I'm trying to write the stories not only of how my family suffered, but how they survived": Natalie Linh Bolderston talks to activist writer and poet Alice Hiller about witnessing, and healing, in The Protection of Ghosts. The full interview with Natalie can be found here.









WORCESTERSHIRE LITFEST - Tuesday, June 11 to Friday, June 14

V. Press is very pleased to have a selection of titles available at special ‘festival’ prices at Worcestershire Litfest’s 2019 LitFest Hub from Tuesday June 11 to Friday, June 14. The Litfest Hub will host the book shop, an illustration exhibition, and day time poetry performances too and can be found at The Old Pheasant, 25 New St, Worcester, WR1 2DP from Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th June from 12 noon to 6pm and Saturday 15th from 12 noon for the Festival Finale, Slams and Raffle. There are also special evening events from 7:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. More about this year’s festival and the bookshop can be found here.

FLASH FICTION FESTIVAL - Sunday, 30 June

V. Press is delighted to be taking part in the 'Publishing with an Indie Press' event at this year's , Flash Fiction Festival at Trinity College Bristol, Stoke Hill, Stoke Bishop, 2.45-3.45pm. This event is part of the weekend festival – full details on booking can be found on the festival website at https://www.flashfictionfestival.com/. Diane Simmons, whose debut flash fiction collection Finding A Way was published by Ad Hoc Fiction in February 2019, Damhnait Monaghan, whose debut flash fiction chapbook The Neverlands was published in April 2019 by V. Press, and Susmita Bhattacharya published by Dahlia Press will talk about their journeys to publication and what has happened in the few months since. With publishers Jude Higgins from Ad Hoc Fiction, Sarah Leavesley from V. Press and Farhana Shaikh from Dahlia Press. Diane, Damhnait and Susmita will read samples from their collections and there will be Q and A.


LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL - Sunday, 14 July 

This year's Ledbury Poetry Festival includes three V. Press poets, Margaret Adkins, John Lawrence and Brenda Read-Brown, giving FREE 20-minute readings on Sunday, July 14.


Photo by Leah Adkins
20 Minutes with… Margaret Adkins
12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

Margaret Adkins will read from her debut pamphlet, Mingled Space. It won the inaugural V. Press Poetry Prize in association with the University of Worcester, and was launched in May. These poems inhabit real and imagined everyday spaces. Other work features in recent issues of Under the Radar and Prole magazines.


20 Minutes with… John Lawrence
3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

John Lawrence will read from his V. Press debut collection The boy who couldn't say his name. His poems are packed with heart, humour, and a unique slant on everyday life. The Poetry Book Society Spring Bulletin reviewed The boy who couldn't say his name as ‘… a thoroughly enjoyable debut collection. Running the full gamut of the comic and the tragic...’

Photo by Andy Smith
20 Minutes with… Brenda Read-Brown
5:20 pm - 5:40 pm

A look at the sharper edges of life, love and laughter, performance poet Brenda Read-Brown has turned to the page with her new collection, Like love (V Press). “The poems in Like love are uncluttered. They are simple, profound, and immensely touching...” Brian Patten. "These poems remind me of the tingles. I’m so happy to feel them. This collection makes me want to run outside, kiss, fall in leaves and then write.” Hollie McNish

Romalyn Ante is also a Nine Arches/Poetry School Primers:Volume Three poet reading on Saturday, July 13. (You can find details of her V. Press pamphlet Rice & Rain which won the Saboteur Awards 2018 Best Poetry Pamphlet here.)


(Thanks to Herefordshire Libraries who are supporting these readings.) The festival runs from Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 14 and you can check out the full festival programme here.