Poems from Notes From a Bright Field by Rose Cook

July 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Four poems from our latest publication Notes From a Bright Field by Rose Cook appear on Symmetry Pebbles poetry and  ezine: ‘The Wall’, ‘Naming’, ‘You Don’t Need to Wear a Fish Head to Feel Weird’ and ‘A Close Call’. The last of these depicts a brilliant imagined meeting between Damien Hirst and a bear – where the artist comes off worse.

You can read the poems on the Symmetry Pebbles website by clicking here.

Find out more about Notes From a Bright Field  and buy a copy here.

Symmetry Pebbles are offering a free copy of Unauthorised Person by Philip Kane to one lucky new subscriber during July. All you need to do is subscribe to their newsletter and write ‘Cultured Llama’ in the box that asks how you heard about Symmetry Pebbles. A winner will be drawn at random on 1 August 2013. You can subscribe here.

Rose Cook Front Cover

David Cooke reviews The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood by Hilda Sheehan

July 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

David Cooke reviews The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood by Hilda Sheehan on the poetry ezine Ink Sweat and Tears. The review opens:

The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood is a debut collection from Hilda Sheehan, a mother of five who is the editor of Domestic Cherry magazine and works for Swindon Artswords. To judge from this collection, she is also an accomplished and idiosyncratic poet. Bristling with the stuff of everyday life, her poems are shot through with dark humour and surreal insights. The collection is divided into two sections. In the first she defines and explores her territory, a world in which, like the young mums in Larkin’s ‘Afternoons’, ‘something is pushing’ her protagonists ‘to the side of their own lives.’ Although this is an area which has frequently been visited by others, Sheehan brings to it her own slant, exploring various dichotomies: the banal and the miraculous, the mundane and the seemingly glamorous, the explicable and the disconcertingly surreal. In the second section the same polarities are at play, but her eye is focused more particularly on the conflict between romantic love and the pressures we all find ourselves under in coping with the business of life.

You can read the full review here.

Read more about the The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood and buy a copy for £8 plus p&p here.

Buy two or more copies of any of our books and p&p is free.

Notes From a Bright Field by Rose Cook now published

July 15th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Notes From A Bright Field by Rose Cook

Our latest poetry publication is Notes From a Bright Field by Rose Cook. Rose is one of the South West’s best-loved poets, and she will be reading from her new book at the Penzance Literary Festival this week.

Notes From a Bright Field is  ‘a single quiet path, in and out’, capturing the transitory beauties of the everyday: a mother’s ashes imagined as ‘Lux flakes’; the ‘fruit-gummed glass’ of a cathedral. Where the poems’ themes are of nature, loss and the spiritual, these are grounded in concrete imagery like ‘the clack-clack of the shell and the bones’.

To find out more about the book and purchase a copy, please click here.

Free draw

This month, poetry ezine Symmetry Pebbles are offering a copy of Philip Kane’s Unauthorised Person in a prize draw. All people have to do is subscribe for free at www.symmetrypebbles.com and put ‘Cultured Llama’ where it asks you where you found out about the website. A winner will be picked at random on 1st August.

Events and workshops

Cultured Llama authors are taking part in many events in the next few months, including readings during the Whitstable Oyster Festival, Penzance Literary Festival – both in July  – and poetry and fiction workshops in October. Maggie Harris is leading a poetry workshop and performing during Black History Month in the Medway Towns in October, and Maggie Harris and Maria C. McCarthy will be delivering writing workshops during the Canterbury Festival.

Cultured Llama will also be part of the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair 2013 on 7 September at the Conway Hall, London. At the time of mailing, we are waiting to hear if we have a reading spot. If so, this will be a chance to hear five of our authors reading their work.

Details of all the above can be found by clicking here: Events.

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