The Reading Room

At V. Press we love readers, and readers discussing their reads with other readers. The Reading Room is set up with this in mind.

On this page, readers can find some potential discussion points on various V. Press titles, authors writing about their work, and themes that run through some of our pamphlets and collections.

We're keen to encourage reading groups, teachers or university lecturers who'd like to feature a V. Press title in their reading programme/teaching list. V. Press can offer UK-based groups buying five or more copies of any V. Press title in one order to one delivery, the same number of another V. Press title (of equivalent price) for free (delivery at same time to same address). *

If any groups are interested in talking with V. Press authors about their book/pamphlet, we can put you in touch too with the authors directly to discuss the possibilities of an 'author visit' (in person or through eg skype).

Please email Sarah at VPresspublishingAToutlookDOTcom for more details about this.

The 2018-2019 V. Press Catalogue can also be viewed and downloaded here.

Authors' Thoughts on their Work

Margaret Adkins on 'Memories, Moments & Mingled Space': how French philosopher Gaston Bachelard influenced her poetry pamphlet Mingled Space.

Kathy Gee on Checkout (poetry)reading notes here.

Sarah James/Leavesley (V. Press editor)'s 'poem biographies', discussion points and writers' prompts  on her Nine Arches Press collection, plenty-fish (Nine Arches Press) here.

Michael Loveday on Three Men on the Edge (flash fiction novella) here.

Alex Reed on A Career in Accompaniment (poetry) and his experience as a carer here.

Martin Zarrop on Making Waves Albert Einstein: Science & Life (poetry), reading notes here.



INTEREST AREAS AND THEMES

American Midwest

Hometown (flash) by Carrie Etter

Caring

Checkout (poetry) by Kathy Gee

A Career in Accompaniment (poetry) by Alex Reed - blogpost on the pamphlet in light of Alex's own experience as a carer here.

Class

Hometown (flash) by Carrie Etter

Community

Checkout (poetry) by Kathy Gee

Crime

Hometown (flash) by Carrie Etter

Diasporic Identity

The Protection of Ghosts (poetry) by Natalie Linh Bolderston

Family

The Protection of Ghosts (poetry) by Natalie Linh Bolderston

(The) Fantastic

Heroines (poetry) by Becky Varley-Winter

Friendship

Hometown (flash) by Carrie Etter

Heroines (poetry) by Becky Varley-Winter

Grief

These Nights at Home (poetry & photography), poems by Alex Reed, photos by Keren Banning

Humour

Midnight Laughter (flash fiction) by  Paul McDonald

Loss

Three Men on the Edge (flash fiction novella) by Michael Loveday

These Nights at Home (poetry & photography), poems by Alex Reed, photos by Keren Banning

Heroines by Becky Varley-Winter

Love 

Love poems feature in many of our titles. A selection of V. Press love poems may be found here.

Other titles that particularly feature love and heart ache include:

A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache (poetry) by Charley Barnes

Three Men on the Edge (flash fiction novella) by Michael Loveday

Like love (poetry) Brenda Read-Brown

Heroines (poetry) by Becky Varley-Winter


Maths

Making Waves Albert Einstein: Science & Life (poetry) by Martin Zarrop

Memory

The Protection of Ghosts (poetry) by Natalie Linh Bolderston


Motherhood

Unable Mother (poetry) by Helen Calcutt

Obsession

Three Men on the Edge (flash fiction novella) by Michael Loveday


Peace/War

The Nagasaki Elder (poetry) by Antony Owen

Race

Hometown (flash) by Carrie Etter

Science



(The) Suburbs

Three Men on the Edge (flash fiction novella) by Michael Loveday


War/Peace

The Nagasaki Elder (poetry) by Antony Owen


* Subject to availability and offer based on individual copy prices (including UK p & p) on our website.

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