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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.


Dip Flash, by Jonathan Pinnock

In Dip Flash we are taken to worlds where houses disappear, a wife runs off with a porpoise, and on to Heaven, where only French is spoken. From a bull in a china shop to a scheme for releasing the equity in grannies, these stories are dark and raw, grotesque and fantastic. They are also laugh-out-loud funny.

978-0-9957381-7-1. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 154pp. March 2018. Short Stories. £12.00

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Flood, by Jessica Mookherjee

In these poems, Jessica Mookherjee inhabits several identities in her ‘bone-framed coat’. With overarching themes of migration, otherness, sexual awakening, maternal mental illness, the impact of catastrophe, of loss and being lost, Flood is a debut collection from a genuine virtuoso with a powerful original voice.

978-0-9957381-1-9. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 94pp. March 2018. Poetry. £10.00

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Solid Mental Grace: Listening to the Music of Yes, by Simon Barrow

How has the progressive rock band Yes survived 50 years of intense devotion and strong criticism? This book reconsiders the band’s musical creativity, variety and value, and highlights an artistic imagination in Yes’s finest moments that defies ready-made labels. It illustrates the capacity of honest musical appreciation to remake us, rather than simply to confirm our prejudices.

978-0-9957381-8-8. Cultured Llama. PB. 210×148mm. 232pp. March 2018. Curious Things. £12.00

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A Witness of Waxwings, by Alison Lock

A Witness of Waxwings invites us into worlds of shifting time and identities, where brutal reality is often witnessed through a liminal lens. Within these stories are shifts of light, perception, slips into other realms, where people are inhabited by birds, selkies and sprites. There are ghosts in the ocean, faces in the wake. Alison Lock’s fictional world is a route map to unexplored mindscapes.

978-0-9957381-5-7. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 128pp. December 2017. Short Stories. £12.00

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The Year of the Crab, by Gordon Meade

There is nothing fancy in The Year of the Crab; there is nothing fancy about cancer. The power of the poems lies in the simplicity of the language, and the bald yet beautiful and touching observations made by Gordon Meade during the year following his diagnosis: the joy of eating a fresh apricot; the indignities of treatment; meditations on life and death; watching the clear-up after a strong wind that, like the cancer, no one has seen coming.

978-0-9957381-3-3. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 88pp. October 2017. Poetry. £10.00

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Hearth, by Rose Cook

There are tiny jewels to be found within the pages of Hearth, like the opening of a pomegranate: ‘Part gently to the heart for rubies we eat from a pin’. Rose Cook writes of climbing and falling, age and loss, fear and loneliness, but most of all of life and survival. With echoes of Rumi and Mary Oliver, these are poems for the soul, the heart and the hearth.

978-0-9957381-4-0. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 120pp. September 2017. Poetry. £10.00

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There are Boats on the Orchard, poems by Maria C. McCarthy, images by Sara Fletcher

Imagine pulling off the road at the height of Summer to a wooden stall at the mouth of an orchard, cherries dripping from the trees. A woman behind the stall shoulders a week-old child. A toddler sits in a playpen beneath the trees. You ask what is in the punnets. Merton Glories, each fruit a yin–yang of yellow and red. Early Rivers, purple red. Autumn brings bulldozers and bonfires, and all that remains is the rusted shell of a burnt-out car and a planning notice.

There are Boats on the Orchard chronicles seven years of living alongside the disappearing orchards of Kent.

PB. 210x115mm. 36pp. Published exclusively by Cultured Llama and only available online here. £7.00. July 2017.

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