Thursday 12 March 2020

Spring News & Mother's Day!

While there's lots going on across the world right now, here at V. Press we're trying to focus on the start of Spring and Mother's Day on Sunday, 22 March 2020.

To celebrate this year's mother's day, we're offering a fortnight-long discount on Helen Calcutt's poetry collection Unable Mother, as well as a 'family rate' bundle on some of our flash pamphlets with a family slant. The offers run until Friday, 27 March 2020  for U.K. delivery only.*

Unable Mother - Mother's Day price: £10 with U.K. delivery only.

'Family Rate 2-Pamphlet Flash Bundle': Choose from two of  An Inheritance, The Neverlands, There's Something Macrocosmic About All of ThisThe Chemist's House or Hometown for £10 with UK delivery only. (Please specify your preferred two pamphlets at the time of ordering or 'potluck' if you'd like us to choose them for you.)

* While stocks last and for U.K. delivery only.



"This deceptively simple pamphlet poignantly explores the process of coming to terms with the departure and, later,  death of a loved one. Glass's poems move through sparse spaces of domestic absence [...] Carrying the weight of love and loss, these poems offer hope of a new found strength. [...]"

Poetry Book Society, Spring Bulletin 2020

The pamphlet may be ordered through Poetry Book Society here.

"Ian Glass’s surname is perfect for his poetry. In ‘About Leaving’, the writing is as sharp and clear as glass, creating a frame — a window — through which to look at emptiness, departure and loss. [...]
"By writing around leaving — by skirting the edges of grief — Glass communicates these experiences and feelings in a way which embodies them. Here are poems about states of being at once as empty — and full — of reflections as glass."

Isabelle ThompsonSphinx/OPOI (One Point of Interest), the full review 'Writing around loss: concision, transference and understatement' here.

For more information, a sample poem and to order a copy of About Leaving, please click here.

THREE MEN ON THE EDGE (flash fiction)

"This is an enigmatic and intriguing work. [...] Sharply and poetically-written, Three Men on the Edge is as engaging as it is elusive."

Zel NorwoodThe Frogmore Papers, Number 95

For more information, sample flash and to order a copy of Three Men on the Edge, please click here.

AN INHERITANCE (flash fiction)

"Lifetimes pass in a twinkling in this novella-in-flash from Diane Simmons. Eighteen tightly woven short stories sew together moving glimpses into the love, betrayals and reconciliations of four generations over a span of seventy years from 1932 to 2002. [..] this is a celebration of people who take things in their stride."

Judy DarleySkyLightRain, full review here.

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


V. Press is very very delighted to share the news that editor Sarah Leavesley will be judging this year's Hastings Litfest flash fiction competition. The deadline is early June. Full details about the competition and how to enter can be found here. Please do follow the instructions carefully, particularly making sure your entry is anonymous. She is very much looking forward to reading the entries.