Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Launching Something so wild and new in this feeling

 
V. Press is very very delighted to announce the publication of Something so wild and new in this feeling  by Sarah Doyle.

“In these inventive and adventurous collage poems, Sarah Doyle presents Dorothy Wordsworth’s exuberant feeling for life and language in a fresh fabric of her own making. Sympathetic and insightful, tactful, and imaginative, Doyle’s compositions refract the energies of Dorothy’s writings through the subtle medium of her own sensibility, and the result is at once daring and illuminating.”

Gregory Leadbetter
 
“In Something so wild and new in this feeling, Sarah Doyle has taken Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals and developed excerpts into poems, finding felicities of phrasing, musicality, and ideas. Doyle’s skills in pacing, use of the line, and the possibilities of form help us appreciate anew Wordsworth’s habits of thought and close attention to the natural world. With Wordsworth and Doyle, the reader hears the birds singing in the mist.”

Carrie Etter
 
Something so wild and new in this feeling is very composite and very metamorphic. 

ISBN: 978-1-8380488-1-5

36 pages

R.R.P. £6.50

A sample poem from the pamphlet can be found below.

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Something so wild and new in this feeling (with p&p options)

All the Heavens

Venus first showing herself between the struggling
clouds; afterwards Jupiter appeared. The crescent 
moon, Jupiter, and Venus. Jupiter was very glorious,
and one large star hung over the corner of the hills.

Many stars were out. The clouds were moveless,
and the sky soft purple, the lake of Rydale calm,
Jupiter behind. Jupiter at least we call him –
we always call the largest star Jupiter.

The moon was a good height above the mountains.
She seemed far distant in the sky. There were two
stars beside her, that twinkled in and out, and seemed
almost like butterflies in motion and lightness.

Three solitary stars in the middle of the blue vault,
one or two on the points of the high hills. I had 
time to look at the moon while I was thinking my
own thoughts. The moon travelled through the clouds.

The evening star and the glory of the sky: the reflections
in the water were more beautiful than the sky itself,
brighter than precious stones, for ever melting away.
The evening star sunk down, colours faded away.

Jupiter over the hilltops, the only star, like a sun,
flashed out at intervals from behind a black cloud.
The moon appearing now half veiled, the stars
sometimes hiding themselves behind greying clouds.

A very bright moonlight night. Venus almost like 
another moon, lost to us long before she goes 
down the large white sea. The horned moon was set.
A beautiful evening, very starry, the horned moon.

The moon shone like herrings in the water, a silver
boat. The moon had the old moon in her arms
in a black-blue vault. She sailed along, followed
by multitudes of stars, small, and bright, and sharp.

A very mild moonlight night. Glow-worms everywhere.
Attended by Jupiter and Venus in their palest hues,
the crescent moon, a silvery line, a thready bow.
The moonlight lay upon the hills like snow.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Open Submission Window

V. Press is delighted to announce that we will be open to submissions for flash fiction chapbooks from Friday, 19 February 2021 until Sunday, 7 March 2021.

Full details of how to submit can be found here. Please make sure you take the time to read and follow these guidelines.

This year, for the first time, V. Press is open to submissions from authors based outside of the U.K. Authors based outside of the U.K. should read further details about this below, and make sure to follow the extra submission guidelines in addition to the standard guidelines.*

Previously, V. Press flash fiction pamphlets have been published in a saddlestitch (stapled) format. This year, it is likely that our flash fiction chapbooks will move to a perfect bound (spined) format.

We are primarily looking for one or two manuscripts to be published in 2021, but the authors of some shortlisted submissions may be invited to keep in touch with V. Press about the possibility of publication at a later date.

V. Press looks forward to receiving your submissions!


* For internationally based authors

Historically, V. Press has not published authors based outside of the U.K. because of the practical logistics and costs involved with selling/posting printed books overseas. If we were to take on an internationally based author in this submissions window, we anticipate that it would be for a short print run, with an accompanying eBook version.

In addition to the usual submission guidelines, international authors should include details of how many author-rate copies they would be purchasing (so that they can sell from their stock in the country where they live). They should also detail how they would support marketing the title to both audiences where they live and in the U.K. (This additional information should be no more than an A4 page long and included before the front page of their submission document.)


Friday, 12 February 2021

Heading towards spring...reading, writing, reviews

REVIEW NEWS



"Blue Dot Aubade has a strong sense of humanity and wonder at its core, exploring values of compassion and curiosity through astronomical phenomena. It doesn’t require the reader to have a knowledge of astrophysics or seek to confound with complex, condensed explanations. Through astrophysics, Miranda Lynn Barnes has created a new way of looking at human issues and how we fit in the wider universe."
Emma Lee, Sabotage Reviews, full review here.

More information, a sample poem and ordering for Blue Dot Aubade can be found here.


“Making Tracks by Katy Wareham Morris, out with V Press, is a creative and conceptual triumph, exploring the disparate effects of a changing place on a multifaceted set of identities, communities and cultures.”
R.M. Francis, ‘Best of 2020: Poetry’, Morning Star, full list & review here.

“That’s where the success of ‘Making Tracks’ lies. It combines social history with factual history, it’s a record of what the Longbridge plant meant to the families of employees and a collection of poems which makes for rewarding reading.”
Emma Lee, The Blue Nib, full review here.

More information, a sample poem and ordering for Making Tracks can be found here.


“[...]This Lexia & Other Languages explores the inability of a neurotypical world to incorporate those who don’t conform, how dyslexics are failed by schools and carry that stigma into adulthood. Helen Kay does this with warmth and wit, crafting poems that explain without judgment or self-pity, opening out their world to a general reader.” 

Emma LeeSabotage Reviews, full review here 

More information, a sample poem and ordering for This Lexia & Other Languages can be found here.



“[…] although it is brief and almost deceptively simple, 
An Inheritance is also artful and profound. It’s easy to read – Simmons’ writing is unfussy, tender and engaging – but there’s a great deal going on under the surface. It’s a beautiful little book which has much to say about time and change and families, and about the treasures to be found in ordinary life.”
Becky TipperTSS Publishing, full review here.

For more information, a sample flash and to buy a copy of An Inheritance, please click here



"Sean’s flawed character adds an extra level of narrative tension to these poems, something I appreciated. There are many fine images and lucid lines, especially the innovative ‘Whiteout’ (‘Then you push me so I’m knee-deep in ice sugar, / tell me to open, / slip snow in my mouth, a white wafer’). I liked the quirky tenderness in ‘Earbud’ and ‘Creation’; the latter also contains rhythmical, visceral language for making art: ‘You scratch around for dirt and spit into your palm, / work to make the paste to paint a man’. The poem delves into Eva’s backstory, but its energy is in its imagery."
Sarah Law, The Poetry School, full review here.

For more information, a sample poem and to buy a copy of Winter with Eva, please click here.

FORTHCOMING & AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

V. Press is very very delighted that the first three poetry titles for 2021 are now available to pre-order.

Sarah Doyle's poetry chapbook, Something so wild and new in this feeling Dorothy Wordsworth’s Journals Reimagined, is published on 2 March 2021.

“In these inventive and adventurous collage poems, Sarah Doyle presents Dorothy Wordsworth’s exuberant feeling for life and language in a fresh fabric of her own making. Sympathetic and insightful, tactful, and imaginative, Doyle’s compositions refract the energies of Dorothy’s writings through the subtle medium of her own sensibility, and the result is at once daring and illuminating.” Gregory Leadbetter
 
“In Something so wild and new in this feeling, Sarah Doyle has taken Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals and developed excerpts into poems, finding felicities of phrasing, musicality, and ideas. Doyle’s skills in pacing, use of the line, and the possibilities of form help us appreciate anew Wordsworth’s habits of thought and close attention to the natural world. With Wordsworth and Doyle, the reader hears the birds singing in the mist.” Carrie Etter

A sample poem, more information and pre-ordering for Something so wild and new in this feeling Dorothy Wordsworth’s Journals Reimagined can be found here.


Jenna Plewes' fifth full collection, A Woven Rope, is published on 18 March 2021. 

“Jenna Plewes has a remarkable gift for infusing every subject with an imagery and a sensuality which are detailed and exact, so that you are convinced of the truthfulness of the emotions expressed. Every poem here contributes to the whole, but for me the outstanding section is the third: nowhere else have I seen the carer’s role exemplified with such clarity. She seems to have unlimited empathy for the subjects of the sequence, and she never tips over into sentimentality. This book, Jenna Plewes’s fifth, is her strongest yet.” John Killick

“Grace and purpose distinguish this collection where poems trace the arc of parenting and explore the manifold challenges of being in the world.  This collection also observes the natural world, its beauties, and its terrors, and is unafraid to confront violence and cruelty.  The writing throughout is unforced, fine-drawn, lyrical, heart-felt.” Penelope Shuttle

A sample poem, more information and pre-ordering for A Woven Rope can be found here.


May We All Be Artefacts
by V. Press Prize for Poetry Winner 2020, Chloe Hanks, is published on 14 April 2021.

“Chloe Hanks’ melodic writing style rocks the reader into a dream-like state, with hauntingly beautiful scenes of autumnal skies and ghostly ballets. May We All Be Artefacts is a landscape of glorious imagery, transporting the reader to magical realities before bringing the point home with heartbreaking poignancy. This is a collection for the poets, for the lovers and above all for the dreamers.” Scarlett Ward Bennet

May We All Be Artefacts is an exciting and urgent new release, from a powerful and distinct voice. Hanks intermittently borrows from existing artwork, striking strong intertextual links with other artists, while also establishing her own perspectives. She borrows from magic, folklore and feminism to create fierce and sometimes disturbing narratives throughout. Neither trite nor forced, Hanks’ use of structure and imagery complement each other, further compounding the dark fairy-tale feel that is infused in these works. This is a debut pamphlet that shouts its arrival, to be consumed in one sitting – then read, and read again – May We All Be Artefacts showcases Hanks’ skillset and potential, marking her out as a compelling new poet.” Charley Barnes

A sample poem, more information and pre-ordering for May We All Be Artefacts can be found here.

FOR OUR READERS WHO ARE ALSO WRITERS

V. Press editor Sarah James/Leavesley was delighted to take part in Abegail Morley's Creativity in Lockdown interviews over of The Poetry Shed. The series with writers and artists features all sorts of insights into the lockdown's effects on creativity as well as inspiration, tips and prompts for fostering creativity in difficult times. The interview with Sarah can be found here.

V. Press is also overdue an open submissions window...so please do look out for more news on this front as the year progresses.

Friday, 18 December 2020

Festive Greetings and a Happy New Year 2021

 


V. Press would like to wish all our authors, readers and supporters a healthy, peaceful and hopeful festive season and a Happy New Year!

We're also very very delighted to share an extra item of  December good news and our continuing Winter Offers for readers below.

MICHAEL MARKS AWARD/TLS REVIEW NEWS

About Leaving by Ian Glass was mentioned by Michael Marks Award 2020 judge Kei Miller as one of the pamphlets that made ‘a kind of longlist’ for that year’s record-entry award. A video of the award ceremony can be enjoyed here, with the longlist comments towards 1hr 20 mins in.

“[…]He concentrates on absences and reminders: telling details of daily life made poignant by circumstance, or mundane things that emotion and events have transformed into pregnant symbols. The scale is small, the language low-key, concerned with such things as a “shining hour” spent “drinking milk, / watching children’s television”, and the more poignant for it.[…]”

William Wootten, TLS, full review here.

More information, reviews, a sample poem and ordering the pamphlet can be found here. About Leaving is also eligible for purchase as part of our Winter Bundle Offers (details below).

WINTER OFFERS

Don't forget our Winter Offers for readers run until the end of December 2020.Full details of both bundles can be found below, one for 2019/2020 collections and one for 2020 pamphlets . Although international delivery options are included in the Paypal options, these offers are intended for UK delivery only. For international customers, it is likely to be cheaper if they purchase from the individual title pages.

V. Press 2019/2020 2-book collections bundle - choose 2 titles from the following list for £16 including p&p for delivery in the UK: A Bluebottle in Late October (poetry) by John Wheway, I, Ursula (poetry) by Ruth Stacey, Cuckoo (poetry) by Nichola Deane, The Aesthetics of Breath (poetry) by Charles G. Lauder Jr and The boy who couldn't say his name (poetry) by John Lawrence. Please make sure to list your preferred titles in the option box, or leave it blank if you'd like V. Press to select for you. Although this bundle is primarily intended for 2019/2020 collections, you may opt for earlier V. Press collections or 1 collection + 1 pamphlet if you wish (provided it's a title that's not sold out - please check the Bookshop page to check this before ordering). *

V. Press 2019/2020 collections 2-book bundle with delivery options
2 collections you'd prefer?

* Offer valid until the end of 31 December 2020 only.

V. Press 2020 pamphlet bundle - choose 2 titles from the following pamphlets list for £12 including p&p for delivery in the UK: Blue Dot Aubade (poetry) by Miranda Lynn Barnes,  Making Tracks (poetry) by Katy Wareham Morris,  Hierarchy of Needs (poetry) by Charley Barnes and Claire Walker,  This Lexia & Other Languages (poetry) by Helen Kay,  Alice In Wonderland Syndrome (flash fiction) by Meg Pokrass, Ynygordna (poetry) by Kelly Williams, An Inheritance (flash fiction) by Diane Simmons, Winter with Eva (poetry) by Elaine Baker. Please make sure to list your preferred titles in the option box, or leave it blank if you'd like V. Press to select for you. Although this bundle is primarily intended for 2020 pamphlets, you may opt for earlier V. Press pamphlets if you wish (provided the titles aren't sold out - please check the Bookshop page to check this before ordering). *

V. Press 2020 2-pamphlets bundle with delivery options
2 pamphlets you'd prefer?

* Offer valid until the end of 31 December 2020 only.

Saturday, 21 November 2020


2020 has been a harder year than most, adapting to a world with covid-19 and the many repercussions from this. At V. Press though, at least one of the changes has been positive: the start of our first eBook versions of some of our titles. 

This year is also the press's fifth anniversary of our first V. Press solo-authored titles. Over this time, we've grown from three poetry pamphlets in 2015 to 6 poetry pamphlets, 2 full collections and 2 flash fiction pamphlets this year, with more exciting manuscripts already lined up for 2021. 

Despite challenges along the way and small margins in the small press world, there's lots to celebrate and be thankful for - our amazing authors, their  wonderful books, our fabulous readers and the stunning poetry covers produced by Ruth Stacey over these years as V. Press designer. We'd like to thank her again for this and wish her well as she moves onto new things. 

Big thanks are due too to Carrie Etter again this year for guest editing a second pamphlet for V. Press, Blue Dot Aubade by Miranda Lynn Barnes. Also to all V. Press authors, readers, reviewers, journals and everyone who has helped and supported both the press and individual V. Press authors.

As the press moves forward into 2021, we have few special announcements. The first is that V. Press has been able to donate £500 to the Woodland Trust this Christmas in recognition of the importance of publishing as sustainably as possible.

The second is that from 2021, V. Press is trialling a perfect bound chapbook style for our pamphlet/slim volume length poetry and flash titles.

A sneak preview of the first of these, Something so wild and new in this feeling by Sarah Doyle, can be found below. And for those missing Ruth's covers, we have one final design from her with Jenna Plewes' full collection A Woven Rope.

Finally, as we head towards advent, V. Press has a few special offers for our readers to help brighten the winter months or use as Christmas gifts.


ADVENT / WINTER OFFERS

V. Press is delighted to have two advent/winter 2020 bundle special offers running for our UK readers from now until 31 December 2020. 

Full details of both bundles can be found below, one for 2019/2020 collections and one for 2020 pamphlets . Although international delivery options are included in the Paypal options, these offers are intended for UK delivery only. For international customers, it is likely to be cheaper if they purchase from the individual title pages.


V. Press 2019/2020 2-book collections bundle - choose 2 titles from the following list for £16 including p&p for delivery in the UK: A Bluebottle in Late October (poetry) by John Wheway, I, Ursula (poetry) by Ruth Stacey, Cuckoo (poetry) by Nichola Deane, The Aesthetics of Breath (poetry) by Charles G. Lauder Jr and The boy who couldn't say his name (poetry) by John Lawrence. Please make sure to list your preferred titles in the option box, or leave it blank if you'd like V. Press to select for you. Although this bundle is primarily intended for 2019/2020 collections, you may opt for earlier V. Press collections or 1 collection + 1 pamphlet if you wish (provided it's a title that's not sold out - please check the Bookshop page to check this before ordering). *

V. Press 2019/2020 collections 2-book bundle with delivery options
2 collections you'd prefer?

* Offer valid until the end of 31 December 2020 only.

V. Press 2020 pamphlet bundle - choose 2 titles from the following pamphlets list for £12 including p&p for delivery in the UK: Blue Dot Aubade (poetry) by Miranda Lynn Barnes,  Making Tracks (poetry) by Katy Wareham Morris,  Hierarchy of Needs (poetry) by Charley Barnes and Claire Walker,  This Lexia & Other Languages (poetry) by Helen Kay,  Alice In Wonderland Syndrome (flash fiction) by Meg Pokrass, Ynygordna (poetry) by Kelly Williams, An Inheritance (flash fiction) by Diane Simmons, Winter with Eva (poetry) by Elaine Baker. Please make sure to list your preferred titles in the option box, or leave it blank if you'd like V. Press to select for you. Although this bundle is primarily intended for 2020 pamphlets, you may opt for earlier V. Press pamphlets if you wish (provided the titles aren't sold out - please check the Bookshop page to check this before ordering). *

V. Press 2020 2-pamphlets bundle with delivery options
2 pamphlets you'd prefer?

* Offer valid until the end of 31 December 2020 only.

REVIEWS


“[…] These are deftly crafted and controlled poems that speak of shock, emptiness
and the weight of being a parent under difficult circumstances, and at the same time
they are tender and hopeful poems that speak to the reader of humanity, the difficult
paths that life takes us on and how we can endure and emerge transformed. […]”

Julia Webb, Under the Radar 26, magazine can be ordered here  

“The artist’s muse is at the forefront of Ruth Stacey’s second collection, I, Ursula, though colour and texture are equally important to recreate the sumptuous and often sinister settings of the poems: […]

“The most successful poems are where the metaphoric plumbline from now, through layers of story and myth, is strongly defined; excavations of sexual and gender dynamics: […]”

Pam Thompson, Under the Radar 26, magazine can be ordered here 


NEW TITLES


V. Press is also v. v. pleased to reveal that we have now released an eBook version of Jude Higgins' very evocative and very colourful flash fiction pamphlet The Chemist's House.

V. Press has only a handful of the print copies of this popular pamphlet still available. For a sample flash, more information about The Chemist's House and to buy a copy of the print or eBook version, please click here.



NEW PRINT RUN


V. Press is also delighted to announce a new print run of John Wheway's collection A Bluebottle in Late October. The debut collection was only published in May but appropriately celebrated late October with a new order from the printers. A sample poem, endorsements, more information and ordering can be found here - do check it out soon, in case 
this print run sells out too!



COVER PREVIEW OF V. PRESS'S FIRST 2021 TITLES 

V. Press's first 2021 title Something so wild and new in this feeling by Sarah Doyle is already available for pre-order. This series of collage poems based on Dorothy Wordsworth's journals is very composite and very metamorphic. A sample poem, endorsements, further information and pre-ordering can be found here

This will be followed by Jenna Plewes' collection A Woven Rope and we're also looking forward to V Press Prize for Poetry winner Chloe Hanks' pamphlet/chapbook, May We All Be Artefacts.


Friday, 23 October 2020

Looking Onwards

There's no doubt that 2020 has been a hard year! Here in the UK, it also feels like this Christmas season may not be the kind of winter festivity that it is normally.

V. Press editor Sarah Leavesley was due to be on a month-long residency at the International Writers' and Translators' House in Latvia. This won't now be going ahead - for obvious reasons.

But though this Christmas may be different to what might have been expected at the start of this year, V. Press has some  extra special seasonal cheer lined up...watch this space, as they say, for more news on this soon.

Meanwhile, we've a range of new reviews and titles for you to curl up with, perfect for semi-hibernation, temporary escape from reality and pure enjoyment!

REVIEWS

A Blue Bottle in Late October

"John Wheway’s brilliant debut collection, A Blue Bottle in Late October, is ambitious; a mini saga with a compelling narrative arc, told through a series of short, self contained lyrics grouped into three ‘acts’, with plenty of drama and action and memorable characters. An ordinary, everyday tragedy, made extraordinary by the telling of it. [...]

"This collection has the heart and narrative scope of a novella, elevated into something special by the poet’s eye. Just open at random and enjoy [...]"

Alison Woodhouse, The High Window, full review here

For a sample poem, more information or to buy A Blue Bottle in Late October, please click here.

I, Ursula

"[...]Stacey is a master of deceptive language that haunts you by its lullaby and paradigm style. Before you know it, you are seduced and involved into the play of words and metaphors.[...] 

"A sumptuous piece of work from a writer that is going from strength to strength."

Antony Owen, Ink Sweat and Tears, full review here


"There is so much to enjoy in these poems. The imagery Ruth uses is inventive and expressive – children’s fists are “clams”, lace is “a little noose”. Line breaks maintain tension and often create a wry humour."

Andrea Mbarushimana, Here Comes Everyone, full review here

For a sample poem, more information or to buy I, Ursula, please click here.

This Lexia & Other Languages

“Sometimes the more unlikely the subject matter, the more intriguing it can be, as this pamphlet exemplifies. Helen Kay, a dyslexia tutor, considers dyslexia and how it is — and isn’t — addressed in mainstream schooling and beyond, principally via the relationship between a mother and her son.”

Matthew Paul, OPOI, Sphinx Review, full review here

For a sample poem, more information or to buy This Lexia & Other Languages, please click here




"These are heartfelt pieces which speak of tension: the permanence of the natural, and the soul’s depth, versus the expediency of market values and the urban. Thought provoking and original."

Maggie Mackay, OPOI, Sphinx Review, full review here

For a sample poem, more information or to buy Making Tracks, please click here.



NEW TITLES


V. Press is very very delighted to have published Blue Dot Aubade by Miranda Lynn Barnes earlier this month. Hosted by Caleb Parkin, with guest poet Tania Hershman and a wonderful open mic section to the theme of Miranda's beautiful pamphlet as well as her stunning reading, the launch event was truly out-of-this world!

A sample poem, more details about Blue Dot Aubade, guest edited by Carrie Etter, and ordering can be found here.


Saturday, 10 October 2020

Launching Blue Dot Aubade


V. Press is very very delighted to launch Blue Dot Aubade, a pamphlet of poems by Miranda Lynn Barnes.

“I don’t think poems need to teach anything but nevertheless there's much to learn about the cosmos, the spirit, matter, and what matters here. The best part is that the lessons are delivered by a high-energy beam of surprising, hyper-attentive language. I'm obsessed with light, as are these poems. Ultimately, the language is the lesson – it's how the poems see and they may affect your vision afterwards.
 
Light travels as waves
and arrives as particles.

We travel as bodies
and arrive as light.

(From 'Cheating Light')”

Simon Barraclough
 
“Miranda Lynn Barnes' Blue Dot Aubade uses astrophysics and human experience as lenses for one another and thereby creates a renewed appreciation of both. At times playful, at times poignant, these intelligent poems illuminate our environment in the broadest sense: they give us a new view of our universe and our relationship to it. An engaging, original debut.”

V. Press Guest Editor Carrie Etter

Blue Dot Aubade is very cosmic, and very numinous.

ISBN: 978-1-9161096-7-4

36 pages

R.R.P. £6.50

A sample poem from the pamphlet can be found below.

BUY BLUE DOT AUBADE NOW using the paypal options below. 

Blue Dot Aubade (including P&P/delivery options)

Olivine

She’s been found
on meteorites, the dust

on Mars, tails of comets,
and the natal discs

of forming stars. Her crystal
green has been seen

in early solar birth
and the magma ocean

of the moon as it cooled.
She sparkles in every arc,

every glint against the ink
of the sky.

You are the greenest twinkle
in my eye, Olivine.

LAUNCH EVENT

Saturday, 10 October 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom 
Free but must register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blue-dot-aubade-pamphlet-launch-tickets-119339751409. Limited open mic slots available to book, first come, first served.