November Events with Gordon Meade, Rose Cook and Hilda Sheehan

October 31st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Sounds of the Real World launch in Broadstairs

The launch of Sounds of the Real World, a new poetry collection by Gordon Meade, takes place on 9 November 2013 at The Chapel Broadstairs. Several other Cultured Llama authors will be reading: Bethany W Pope, Maria C McCarthy, Mark Holihan, Philip Kane and Michael Curtis, whose new collection is forthcoming in 2014. There will be music from Sienna-Janae Holihan and Bob Carling, plus an open mic for poets. The event is free and starts at 2.00 p.m. For further details, go to the Events page.

Rose Cook in Barnstaple, Hilda Sheehan in Tunbridge Wells – the choice is yours

You have the choice of two events on 19 November, depending on what part of the country you live in. Rose Cook will be reading from her latest poetry collection Notes From a Bright Field at the Gallery Sessions Relaunch in Barnstaple with several other Apples and Snakes poets. Hilda Sheehan will be reading from her debut poetry collection The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood at the Kent and Sussex Poetry Society, reading alongside Dick Jones, on the same evening. For further details of both events, go to the Events page.

The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood  by Hilda Sheehan gets a cracking review by Anita Skeen in Poetry Salzburg Review 24. Here’s a quote:

‘Oh the places I’ve been, but I’ve still got to visit a house that stopped breathing, ride a streetcar with Vivien Leigh, have a conversation with the seal next door, who has trouble staying wet. Hilda Sheehan’s The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood, characterised by Robert Vas Dias as “seductively surreal language” is strange and wonderful, funny and heartbreaking.’

Christmas is Coming…

Why not buy your gifts from Cultured Llama? We have poetry, short stories and an anthology containing both. Post and packing is free if you buy two or more books. And if you buy direct from us, you will be supporting an independent publisher and our authors. Our books are, of course, available from online retailers or by ordering from your local bookshop (preferably an independent one). Find out more about our books and order copies here.

Sounds of the Real World by the sea

October 7th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

October News

It has been an exciting start to the autumn for Cultured Llama. In September, we were at the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair in London, and five of our authors gave a reading. Our stall was busy all day, so that we barely had a chance to look around, but it was great to meet ‘virtual’ friends in the flesh, and to talk to poets, poetry lovers and other publishers.

We were delighted to see Cultured Llama named in Poetry News, in Charles Boyle’s article about the fair, where we were mentioned in the same sentence as Faber! Fame at last.

Sounds of the Real World by the sea

Gordon Meade will be launching his new poetry collection Sounds of the Real World at The Chapel, Broadstairs on Saturday 9 November. An afternoon of poetry and live music is promised with several Cultured Llama poets reading, music from Bob Carling, Sienna-Janae Holihan and Rachel Morris. Poets confirmed to read with Gordon Meade are Michael Curtis, Bethany W Pope, Maria C McCarthy, Mark Holihan and Philip Kane. There will also be an open mic for poets. The Chapel proved a very popular venue for a Cultured Llama event earlier this year. It’s a pub and a bookshop – what’s not to like?

The event is free, but please do support Cultured Llama and our authors by buying a book or two. If you are unable to come, you can buy Sounds of the Real World online from Cultured Llama here.

“A firework set off in the heart of the culture’s kitchen”

William Bedford, in Acumen 77, reviews by Hilda Sheehan’s debut poetry collection The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood.  Bedford describes the book as a ‘glorious joyride’. We particularly like this:
‘A mother of five and editor of Domestic Cherry, [Hilda Sheehan] has occupied so many feminist roles that her work is like a firework set off in the heart of the culture’s kitchen.’
The review is reproduced on the Cultured Llama website with kind permission of Acumen. You can read the review here.

The Good Book

The Good Book, a film by Anton French and Rosie Escott, was premiered on a pedal-powered cinema at the Wise Words Festival in Canterbury in September. The film is about the opening of the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury and the theme is the physical book. Six poems are read throughout the film, including one by Cultured Llama author and editor Maria C McCarthy. Her poem is read by an actor and is the second poem in the film. You can see the film and link to the text of the poems here.

Cultured Llama links with Academy of Rock

Cultured Llama is delighted to have Peter Cook to help us with our development as an independent press. Peter usually works with bigger businesses than ours – he mentions the United Nations and Pfizer on his website! Find out more about Peter at Academy of Rock, where you can navigate the website using an amp volume knob that goes up to 11.

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