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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.



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. ca.100pp. 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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In the Wild Wood, by Frances Gapper

To walk In the Wild Wood is to enter worlds where the mundane is made magical. Loss of memory and self are rendered in dreamlike stories that owe as much to the lived experience of dementia as to fairy tale. In other tales, we learn of Sister Joy’s obsession with spiders, or a funeral parlour worker who collects false teeth from the dead. Poignant, funny and astonishing, this collection showcases Frances Gapper as a storyteller working at the peak of her craft.

978-0-9957381-6-4. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 212pp. June 2017. Short Stories. £12.00

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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.

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