The Fire in Me Now: Celebrating National Poetry Day with a new collection by Michael Curtis

October 1st, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

2 October 2014 is National Poetry Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a new poetry collection by Michael Curtis. Here’s some of what you need to know, and you can find out more, and buy the book, by clicking on the title below: Front cover Michael Curtis

The Fire in Me Now tackles human imperfections head on and with great energy. In these forthright, at times angry, and always eloquent poems, Michael Curtis takes us from managed rage through moving reflections on mortality and wry observations on the complications of love to a hard-won, uncompromising state of acceptance.In a world of continuing conflict, rampant technology and challenged values The Fire in Me Now is a powerful, telling collection, which responds with articulate urgency to our current condition.

The Fire in Me Now is £8 plus p&p; p&p is free when you order two or more books, so why not add a copy of Hilda Sheehan’s The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood, which is half-price during October as part of our author’s birthday discount offer. Happy birthday, Hilda. Buy the book for £4 plus p&p by entering the code: cloct14 at the link: The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood

Rose Cook is also marking National Poetry Day with this marvellous poem ‘enfold’, which you can read here. Rose’s collection Notes From a Bright Field is available from Cultured Llama for £8 plus p&p.

A fair share of festivals

Cultured Llama authors and editors have been a-travelling over the summer, and into September, at book fairs and festivals, doing wonderful things.

Sarah Salway, author of Digging Up Paradise, turned Westgate Gardens, Canterbury into a Poetry Book at Wise Words Festival, with the assistance of many poets including some of our own authors.

Maria C McCarthy read some of the stories from As Long as it Takes at Culture Day in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, where some of the stories are set.

The Cultured Llama editors visited Devon this summer, and attended a crazy evening of poetry and music run by Cultured Llama poet Richard Thomas at the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter. Richard is author of The Strangest Thankyou.

Cultured Llama began September with a stall at the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair, amongst an overwhelming number of poetry book publishers, and ended the month at Bookmark’d, part of the Rochester Literature Festival. Michael Curtis read from The Fire in Me NowPhilip Kane from Unauthorised Person and Stephen Morris gave a taste of his long-awaited book Do It Yourself; A History of Music in Medway, due this Autumn from Cultured Llama. There is a Facebook group that you can join at the link: Do It Yourself; A History of Music in Medway


Michael Curtis is reading from The Fire in Me Now at the Hazlitt Theatre Maidstone on 17 October at an event called Writing Aloud. More details here.

Rose Cook is reading at Living Coasts, Torquay, on the morning of 27 October, as part of the Torbay Poetry Festival. More details here.

Gordon Meade will be reading from Sounds of the Real World at Keats House on the afternoon of 7 December. More details here.

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