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Cultured Llama was born in a converted stable. This creature of humble birth drank greedily from the creative source of the poets, writers, artists and musicians that visited, and soon the llama fulfilled the destiny of its given name.

Cultured Llama Publishing aspires to quality from the first creative thought through to the finished product.


After Hours, by David Cooke

After Hours explores mortality and transience in the lives of Irish migrants that settled in England in the first half of the 20th century, and the generations that followed them. At the heart of this collection is an elegiac sequence of poems in memory of David Cooke’s father-in-law, a larger than life Irishman who met illness and death with good-humoured resilience.


978-0-9957381-0-2. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 92pp. April 2017. Poetry. £10.00

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A Short History of Synchronised Breathing and other stories, by Vanessa Gebbie

Vanessa GebbieSublime short stories from Vanessa Gebbie, a master of the art. Meta-fiction, fable, satire, instruction manual, or reportage? Sometimes all in the one story. A Short History of Synchronised Breathing is funny, sexy, original, heartbreaking, and with true insights to the human condition.

978-0-9568921-2-6. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 160pp. February 2017. Short Stories. £12.00.

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Vanessa Gebbie is also author of Memorandum: Poems for the Fallen published by Cultured Llama in 2016.

Who Killed Emil Kreisler? by Nigel Jarrett

Nigel_Jarret-9780956892119-Perfect.inddPostcards from a dead woman; a tale told in letters, centred on a strange musical instrument; the journey of Bismarck’s helmet … In Who Killed Emil Kreisler? Nigel Jarrett takes the reader through centuries and across continents to places well beyond their comfort zone.

jarrettNigel Jarrett is a former newspaperman and a winner of the Rhys Davies Prize for short fiction. His first story collection, Funderland, was praised by The Guardian, The Independentand The Times. His début poetry collection, Miners at the Quarry Pool, was described as ‘a virtuoso performance’. Jarrett’s first novel, Slowly Burning, was published in 2016. His work is included in the Library of Wales anthology of 20th- and 21st-Century Welsh short fiction. Based in Monmouthshire, he writes for Jazz Journal, the Wales Arts Review and others.

978-0-9568921-1-9. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 208pp. November 2016. Short Stories. £12.00.

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Only the Visible Can Vanish, by Anna Maconochie

9780993211997-Perfect BC EDIT 060916 Only The Visible v1 CS5.5 VLove, sex and dating, the daily grind of work in Future Digital, being the other woman, the other man, Beauty and the Beast retold, rabbits, rats and foxes… In Only the Visible Can Vanish, Anna Maconochie brings tales of transformation and hidden identity, revealing the superficiality and depths of life in the internet age.

Anna MaconochieAnna Maconochie was born in London, where she now lives and works. She has had stories published in theErotic Review, the Dublin Review and the Bitter Oleander. This is her first short story collection.

978-0-9932119-9-7. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 158pp. September 2016. Short Stories. £12.00.

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9780993211980-front-cover-low-resThere Are No Foreign Lands, by Mark Holihan

Like the glass-fronted cabinet in Mark Holihan’s Kent home, There Are No Foreign Lands contains beautifully-rendered fragments from the life of a migrant: “pieces of memories from a place where your face and voice aren’t foreign”. These are poignant poems of travel, displacement, personal and political realisations.

Front-MHS-ALTMark Holihan, a writer and graphic designer, is a former Californian who has spent much of his life travelling and is now settled in Kent. He is an alumnus of San José State University where he studied graphic design, creative writing and anthropology. A winner of the Phalen award for both poetry and short fiction, he has also been shortlisted for the Bridport prize, and is published in various anthologies and magazines.

978-0-9932119-8-0. Cultured Llama. PB. 92pp. 203×127mm. May 2016. Poetry. £10.00.

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