Thursday 5 December 2019

Very very festive greetings!

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

We're also very pleased to have not one but two special festive reading bundle offers this year. These are two books from a specially selected range for £17.50, or two pamphlets from our selection for £12, including p&p, for U.K. delivery.* Details of the titles available and ordering for these can be found below.

Meanwhile, those looking for festive gifts for photography-lovers may be interested in the inspirational posters, prints and canvases available at Wonder for your Walls here.

V. Press festive 2019 book bundle: choose two from Bolt Down This Earth (poetry) by Gram Joel Davies, The boy who couldn't say his name (poetry) by John Lawrence, Three Men on the Edge (flash) by Michael Loveday, The Aesthetics of Breath (poetry) by Charles G Lauder Jr or Cuckoo (poetry) by Nichola Deane. (U.K. delivery only, second class postage. Please specify in the seller notes box which 2 titles you'd prefer, or we will pick for you.)

Festive 2019 2-Book Bundle (with p&p, U.K delivery only)

V. Press festive 2019 pamphlet bundle: chose two from art brut (poetry) by David O'Hanlon, Hometown (flash) by Carrie Etter, Scare Stories (poetry) by David Clarke, There's Something Macrocosmic About All of This (flash) by Santino Prinzi, Midnight Laughter (flash) by Paul McDonald, Making Waves (poetry) by Martin Zarrop, Checkout (poetry) by Kathy Gee, Heroines (poetry) by Becky Varley-Winter, John Dust (poetry) by Louise Warren, Patience (poetry) by Nina Lewis, or About Leaving (poetry) by Ian Glass. (U.K. delivery only, second class postage. Please specify in the seller notes box which 2 titles you'd prefer, or we will pick for you.)

Festive 2019 2-Pamphlet Bundle (with p&p, U.K delivery only)

* These offers apply until the end of December 2019, for or U.K. delivery only and subject to availability of particular titles. Please make sure you place your order well in advance if you wish them to arrive before Christmas.)

One of the reasons these offers continue for the whole of December is that we don't see them as part of a standard commercialised Christmas marketing campaign. Instead, we hope that they offer readers a chance to save a little money at a time when their budgets may feel stretched, and an opportunity to get in some holiday reading for themselves over the festive break.

For writers who are hoping to use the holiday to concentrate on their own writing, just a reminder that we also have a 'Structuring a Pamphlet' pdf by V. Press editor Sarah Leavesley. This can be obtained automatically by clicking on the paypal Tip-jar donation button at the bottom of our submissions page here. Or by emailing Sarah at to request a free pdf copy.

Whether you're reading, writing or just relaxing with friends and family, V. Press wishes you all very very HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!


"[...]In the fascinating long poem "Incarnations", imagery and language are pitch-perfect, chronicling the story of a couple. The separate strands of their lives weave together, forming something new, but there is divergence as well as rapprochement, a sense that individuals never wholly become part of each other, but strive toward "different peaks with different views". [...] "Incarnations" strikes me as a terrific poem, turning personal experience into something universal in the way that poems should do, but so often don't."

Sheenagh Pugh, full review here.

More information about The Aesthetics of Breath by Charles G Lauder Jr, a sample poem and ordering here.

"Bolderston reflects on the traumatic aftermath of political events in Vietnam. I read the poems as haunting reflections on exile, homesickness and redemptive hope.

Mother and grandmother are brought to life in stories and nightmares, a thread of foreboding woven into the wordplay. The mother language peppers the pamphlet, heightening the sense of loss."

Maggie Mackay, OPOI (One Point of Interest) review, Sphinx, full review here.

More information about The Protection of Ghosts by Natalie Linh Bolderston, a sample poem and ordering here.



For the first time since V. Press started publishing solo poetry pamphlets, then also collections and flash fiction titles, editor Sarah Leavesley will be taking some months out - January 2020 for judging the Against The Grain Poetry Press  poetry competition and December 2020 for a writer residency in Latvia.

Someone will be taking on the posting out of individual orders made from our website or through Amazon, so the public and readers should notice little difference, except possibly a marginally slower than usual posting out.

However, V. Press will not be responding to general email, marketing requests, bulk orders, The Reading Room enquiries etc during these periods. We thank you very much in advance for your understanding.