A Radiance at 50% off; Sounds of the Real World review

May 19th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink


As part of our authors’ birthday discount scheme, we are offering 50% off A Radiance poetry by Bethany W Pope until the end of June 2014. Click on A Radiance to go to the book’s page and order it for only £4 (plus p&p) until the end of June.

First of all, click ‘add to cart’ on the book’s page, then ‘proceed to cart’. Adjust the number of copies required. Then type CLJUNE14 in the box to the left of ‘Apply Coupon’, – then click ‘Apply Coupon’ AND ‘Update cart’. Then proceed to checkout.
 You will also get free post and packing on two or more books.

A Radiance by Bethany W PopeThis offer is exclusive to books ordered from the Cultured Llama website. You will not get these prices anywhere else.

The code CLJUNE14 expires on 30 June 2014.

The price reverts to £8 from 1 July 2014.

Family stories and extraordinary images glow throughout this compelling debut collection from an award-winning author – like the disc of uranium buried in her grandfather’s backyard. A Radiance ‘gives glimpses into a world both contemporary and deeply attuned to history – the embattled history of a family, but also of the American South where the author grew up.’

Sounds of the Real World poetry by Gordon Meade is reviewed by Fiona Sinclair on London Grip:

This is a collection that places the entire natural world, including man, on an equal footing. Meade’s style is that of a gentle raconteur. The tone is deceptively casual mixing an everyday lexis with humour and whimsy. Consequently an intimacy is achieved as if he is passing the time of day with the reader.

Man tends to be the less appealing species when compared to the rest of his co-inhabitants in the natural world. We encounter many of our more ambivalent qualities including; alcohol abuse, attempted suicide and looting. The poem on the subject of the London riots is wittily entitled ‘Supermarket Sweep’. Here Meade subtly criticises not only the greed of the original television show but the greater avarice of those in the riots who steal as much loot as you can carry past the occasional burnt-out home.  The persona’s disgust at this baser side of humanity is revealed in the bitter lines you are allowed to use any means you think necessary to get want you want.  Many such commentaries on modern life are simply expressed but deal with some deeply philosophical ideas. One of the finest poems in this vein explores the lure of Facebook in our culture, where it seems that unless you have shared something with the rest of the world/then nothing actually happened.

Read the full review on London Grip.

Click on Sounds of the Real World to go to the book’s page and order for £8 plus p&p (free p&p if you order two or more of our books).

Gordon Meade is reading at a number of events this summer. Go to the Events page to find out more.

Digging up Paradise

May 16th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Digging up Paradise: Potatoes, People and Poetry in the Garden of England, Sarah Salway’s fabulous blend of poetry, prose and gardens is due to be published on 2 June 2014.


In Digging up Paradise, Sarah Salway takes us on a tour of the Garden of England, from mermaids’ palaces in Margate Shell Grotto to garden pianos at Finchcocks. By way of journal entries, letters, poems and photographs, Salway charts the gardens’ physical selves, the sensations they conjure, the memories they stir up and glimpses of history. A reminder that sometimes all we need is to relearn how to look at a garden.

The book will be launched with – what else? – a garden party on 11th June 2014, 6.30-8.30 pm at Gardener and Cook, 38 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TN. Gardener and Cook are offering a 10% discount throughout the store at this event. 

Cultured Llama be donating £4 per book sold at the launch to a new charity, Spotlight YOPD, which is working to highlight  Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. 

There will be a number of other opportunities to hear Sarah read from the book. Find out more about Sarah Salway and her love of gardens at Writer in the Garden.

You can pre-order this beautiful book for £12 plus p&p by clicking on Digging up Paradise: Potatoes, People and Poetry in the Garden of England. We guarantee to send it to you with Llama love and in packaging hand-stamped by the Cultured Llama.

Maggie Harris, prizewinning author, and a day of workshops in Broadstairs

May 16th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Maggie Harris is the regional winner for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014. Her story ‘Sending for Chantal’ has won the prize for the Caribbean region and is being considered for the overall prize. This is not the first time that Maggie has won a major prize; her poetry collection Limbolands won the Guyana Prize for Literature in 2000. Maggie says:

I am overwhelmed and thrilled to receive this acknowledgement of my work, and to represent the Caribbean. A writer’s life is full of ups and downs and I am very grateful to be granted this fantastic opportunity to share my writing with a wider audience. The story of Chantal is one that I have carried in my mind for a very long time.

Maggie Harris’s collection on short stories, Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning, is available from Cultured Llama, with a second collection In Margate by Lunchtime forthcoming this summer. Click on Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning to buy for £10 plus p&p.

Maggie Harris and Maria C McCarthy, author of As Long as it Takes, are offering a day of writing workshops in Broadstairs on 14 June. For more details and to book go to Eventbrite.


An interview with Gordon Meade; The Short Review features Maria C McCarthy

May 14th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Cultured Llama poet Gordon Meade is the author of Sounds of the Real World, with a new collection forthcoming in 2015. He is interviewed by Cultured Llama editor Anne Marie-Jordan, who discovers how an accident over thirty years ago influenced his writing. Gordon says:

On Friday 13th March 1981, I was involved in an accident on London Transport, which resulted in my sustaining a fractured skull. When I woke up three days later, I had lost both my memory and my speech.

It was while recovering from the accident that I began to take my writing seriously. A part of my re-entry into writing was the awareness of both the importance of language and its arbitrary nature.

In my early sessions of speech therapy, if shown a photograph of a dog and asked what it was, I would be just as likely to answer ‘cat’ (its opposite), ‘wolf’ (a similarity), ‘log’ (another similarity, in sound) or ‘dog’ (the right answer!).

As I began to regain specific memories, in a very random manner, this early grounding in speech therapy somehow gave me the right to play with language in a way I had not been interested in doing before the accident.

On a lighter note, Anne-Marie uses her investigative skills to ask about Gordon’s much-admired moustache. You can read the full interview and see a photograph of Gordon’s moustache here : An interview with Gordon Meade

Click on Sounds of the Real World to go to the book’s page and order a copy for £8 (plus p&p) – postage and packing is free when you order two or more of any of our books

Meanwhile, Maria C McCarthy has been talking to The Short Review about her debut short story collection As Long as it Takes . In the interview, she is asked:

What does the word “story” mean to you?
It’s a self-contained narrative that has possibilities for the characters outside of the story. For me, the best stories are in a contained setting or world with the minimum of characters. Something must happen in a story, some kind of change must occur. And the reader must leave with a lingering memory and want to know more. Ends must be left untied.

Read the full interview on The Short Review where As Long as it Takes is also reviewed by Pauline Masurel. Read the review here.

Maria talks more about short stories on her website. Read the post here.

Click on As Long as it Takes to go to the book’s page and order a copy for £10 (plus p&p) – postage and packing is free when you order two or more of any of our books

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