Monday 14 February 2022

Love, our special offers!


Whatever else you're doing today, we hope you'll have time to love some poetry and flash fiction. Our Valentine's sample of work from some of our back catalogue can be found here, and a sample poem, more information and ordering of sk grout's recent poetry chapbook What love would smell like here.

V. Press has also put together two special offers that run until the end of March 2022.*

'Dashing Duets' offer - any two of the eligible full poetry collections for £17.50 including UK delivery only, eligible titles are: knots, tangles, fankles, A Woven Rope, A Bluebottle in Late OctoberThe boy who couldn't say his name, The Aesthetics of Breath, Like loveUnable MotherBlink , The Nagasaki Elder and Bolt Down This Earth. Please make sure you enter the titles of the two eligible collections you'd prefer in the paypal text boxes when you purchase. Otherwise, you will be sent two picked out by V. Press.

Dashing Duets offer with delivery options
1st eligible title choice?
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'Pocket some flash' offer - choose any one of the eligible flash pamphlets (print versions only) for £7.99 (including p&p for UK-only delivery) and get a copy of a pocket novella (Always Another Twist or Kaleidoscope) included for no extra cost, eligible flash pamphlets are (print copies only): Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, Midnight LaughterThere's Something Macrocosmic About All of This or Hometown. Please make sure you enter the title of the eligible flash pamphlet you'd prefer in the paypal text box when you purchase. Otherwise, you will be sent one picked out by V. Press.

'Pocket some flash' offer with delivery options
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* Both these offers run until the end of March 2022 (unless stock runs out sooner) and are intended for UK delivery only. For delivery elsewhere, V, Press would advise checking the titles' individual prices, as these may be a cheaper option for international customers. NB Any international customs/duty charges are the buyer's responsibility.


V. Press is delighted to share details of  our next poetry collection, You'll need an umbrella for this by Victoria Richards, which is now available for pre-order.

“The title isn’t messing about: these poems soak the page with language that is visceral, immediate and sharp. An exciting debut full of vitality, pain and joy.” Luke Wright

“In this gorgeous debut, Victoria Richards asks ‘What are girls made of?’ And the poems answer: cans of Strongbow; ballpoint tattoos; dirty jokes; ghost bikes tied to lampposts; Ingrid Bergman’s eyeballs. All of the above and so much more is contained in this collection. A world of mothers, journalists, children and girlhoods are all drowned or on fire in You’ll need an umbrella for this. Richards tells us these stories with love, humour, lyricism and the sort of eye for detail which leaves an impression on the heart. I will read these poems for years, pass them onto friends: part secret, part gossip, part gift.” Lewis Buxton 

“Victoria Richards’s remarkable debut, You’ll need an umbrella for this, is more than a book of poems, it is a best friend. These poems will be there for you in the middle of the night when you are lovesick or broken hearted; they will glance you a knowing look when you need one most and make you laugh even when you think you’ve forgotten how. In these poems, without reserve, expectation or apology, Richards is offering us her heart. Accept it and she will make a fire out of beauty and pain, pour vodka on the flames and dance with you in the light.” Amelia Loulli

You’ll need an umbrella for this is very wild and very windswept.

ISBN: 978-1-8380488-8-4
74 pages
R.R.P. £10.99

A sample poem and pre-ordering for the collection is available here.


What love would smell like

"It’s this same mix of the personal and the profound that resounds throughout SK Grout’s collection, along with sounds, sights, and sensory language that brings them evocatively to life. [...]  The sensual and the stellar therefore come together in this collection; and as the “rowr” of the bear intimates there’s a refreshing, original style to the writing, too, making this, to quote from the book, “an endless pool of innovation” [...]"

Mab Jones, Buzz, full review here.

A sample, poem, more information and ordering for What love would smell like can be found here.

A Woven Rope 

"I very much enjoyed this collection. Written in three parts, it covers the span of a human life. The first part deals with birth and childhood, the second part comprises a more diverse set of poems and the third part focuses on the ageing and loss of a parent. The title for the collection comes from a line in the poem ‘Self’:

The rim of the world’s a woven rope
you’ll wrap around your wrist to keep you safe.

This couplet seems to me to an excellent example of how Plewes uses simple language in a powerful way. Her visual images are very evocative; they draw the reader in. [...]"

Sue Wallace-ShaddadLondon Grip, full review here.

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

knots, tangles, fankles is a highly ambitious and original collection where Reed takes the complex and detailed research of Sanity, Madness and the Family and transforms it into a multi-vocal poetic sequence which not only engages with its radical theoretical ideas but also speaks to the human distress and pain experienced by some individuals and their families.” 

Jeremy KearneyThe Polophony, full review here.

A sample poem, more information and ordering for knots, tangles, fankles can be found here.

SPRING LAUNCH OF knots, tangles, fankles

Book Launch: knots, tangles fankles by Alex Reed

Friday, 4 March 2022 at 7pm-8-15pm

Venue: Newcastle Recovery College, Newcastle NE1 6UF.

Please join us at this launch event which will include poetry from Alex’s publications plus some musical setting of his poems by Keren Banning.

Admission is free. Donations to the Recovery College (ReCoCo)are welcome.
ReCoCo is an innovative peer-led mental health facility which runs a variety of creative, educational and support-based activities.
For further information contact Alex at:


V. Press would like to say a big thank you to everyone who submitted their poetry chapbook samples in the January submissions window.

Editor Sarah Leavesley is looking forward to reading them over the coming weeks, and anticipating some tough decisions!