Short of Breath launched in Scotland, Events, December discounts

November 28th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Short of Breath Front Cover 031114Vivien Jones is launching her new collection of poetry Short of Breath at several launch events in Scotland, including at Blackwell’s Edinburgh on 4 December 2014 and at a Tea Party at Brodie’s in Moffat on 11 December 2014.

Scottish poet Gordon Meade has just returned to live in his native Scotland, and will be reading from Sounds of the Real World at Platform Poetry and Music Night in Fife on 6 December 2014.

Michael Curtis launches The Fire in Me Now at Poetry @ The Chapel, Broadstairs on 9 December 2014. The Chapel is both a pub and a bookshop – a fitting setting for a book launch.

For more details of these and other events – Maria C McCarthy at Roundabout Nights in Chatham on 1 December and Rose Cook at the Artizan Gallery, Torquay, on 8 December – go to Events.

Half price books in December 2014 – our anthology, Unexplored Territory, and Unauthorised Person by Philip Kane

9780956892140_Front_coverIt’s Philip Kane’s birthday in December, so we’re offering 50% off Unauthorised Person, his ‘concept album’ of poems and images based around the Medway Towns.

Philip was once described as ‘the Mephistopheles of Medway’ in a review of Unauthorised Person by Sally Evans in Poetry Scotland. The book is only £4 during December 2014 when you enter the code cldec14 at the checkout.

9780956892171-FRONT_COVER-270912You can use the same code to buy our anthology Unexplored Territory for £5. This features poetry and short stories by 17 different writers.

The discount code cldec14 is valid until 31 December 2014. Click on the titles to go to the book’s page and buy the title(s) you require: Unauthorised Person Unexplored Territory

Digging Up Paradise is ‘an Eden of a book’, and parallels to Beckett in The Fire in Me Now

November 28th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Rosie Johnston reviews Digging Up Paradise by Sarah Salway for London Grip, describing it as ‘an Eden of a book’. Digging_Front_CoverThe review ends:

Beside an autumn fire while winds and rain tear up the garden outside, this book is pure joy. I look forward to taking it in the bike basket around Kent in the summer too. It is Salway’s gift for poetic prose that haunts the heart most of all. The harpsichord in Finchcocks Musical Museum in Goudhurst for example has been specially built (Salway writes) so the music can only be heard by the person playing it. I took this thought with me into the garden afterwards as I sat on a bench against one of the ivy covered walls and watched the light making silent songs with shadows on the grass.

Read the full review on London Grip. Click on the title to buy a copy of  Digging Up Paradise for £12 plus p&p.

The Fire in Me Now by Michael Curtis gets a glowing review from Greg Freeman for Write Out Loud. The book’s title is a quote from the Samuel Beckett play, Krapp’s Last Tape, and Freeman finds many connections between Curtis’s poems and Beckett’s play:Front cover Michael Curtis

That sense of looking back at the past as if it is a foreign country, that permeates the Beckett play, is present in this collection, too, in poems such as ‘Strange’:

“it’s when I try to overlay it

with my memory, attempt

to match the corners

and the edges don’t quite fit.”

In Krapp’s Last Tape the only character in the play obsessively plays tape-recordings recounting his feelings, that were made at different times in his life. In ‘Review’ Curtis is also looking back:

“Progress seems patchy as we look over

the well-thumbed opportunities

most of my life and me, well aware

it’s been quite a while since we

came up with a change of direction”

The poem concludes pessimistically with the fear that “we missed the main feature”.  The full quote from Krapp’s Last Tape, an achingly poignant play, is: “Perhaps my best years are gone. But I wouldn’t want them back, not with the fire in me now.” In the play the elderly listener cackles mirthlessly at hearing evidence of his earlier passion.

You can read the full review on Write Out Loud. Click on the title to buy a copy of The Fire in Me Now for £8 plus p&p.

Buy both books and postage and packing is free.


November 10th, 2014 § 4 comments § permalink

Vivien Jones is launching Short of Breath in Dalbeattie on 24 November and at Blackwell’s bookshop Edinburgh on 4 December. Details of these events here.

Maria C McCarthy will be reading some of the stories from As Long as it Takes at Roundabout Nights at The Alexandra pub in Chatham on 1 December 2014, with music from Bob Carling and an open mic for poets and writers. Free entry, 7.30 pm.

We have got to the end of this news update without mentioning the C word (Christmas, that is). Please remember us when choosing Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest. We are a small but perfectly formed publishing house producing quality books. If you order two or more books from us, postage and packing is free.

Suggest a new strapline, win a book

November 10th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

The strapline for Cultured Llama is ‘Hungry for Poetry, Thirsty for Fiction’. The thing is, we also publish cultural non-fiction books, such as  Digging Up Paradise by Sarah Salway with more due next year. Can you think of a strapline that encompasses all the things we do? Your suggestions, please, by the end of November. We will send a Cultured Llama book of your choice to the writer of the strapline we select. Take a look at our website to get a feel of the world of Cultured Llama.

More excitement to come…

November 10th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

New books are due early next year from Maggie Harris, Julian Colton and Stephen Morris. In Margate by Lunchtime by Maggie Harris is a follow-up to Canterbury Tales on A Cockcrow Morning. In Margate promises mermaids on Vestas, Alice on a weird and wonderful night out in Ramsgate, trips into ancient history, the 1970s and present day Thanet.

Cold Light of Morning is a poetry collection by Julian Colton. Editor Maria was brought to tears by one of the poems in this collection. Due Feb/March 2015

Do It Yourself: A History of Music in Medway by Stephen Morris is in the editors’ hands at this very moment, with a launch date of 14 February. There is a fabulous front cover, which we hope to reveal soon. There is a Facebook group that you can join at the link: Do It Yourself; A History of Music in Medway.

A sneaky peek at Les Animots

November 10th, 2014 § 1 comment § permalink

hare-nmGordon Meade is collaborating with artist Doug Robertson on his next book, Les Animots: a Human Bestiary. Doug has been posting some fabulous images on his website, and this is our favourite so far. We are very excited about this book, but we all have to wait until September 2015 to see the finished product. You can see more work in progress on The Net Mender page of Doug Robertson’s website.

New in November: Short of Breath by Vivien Jones

November 7th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Short of Breath Front Cover 031114In Short of Breath, Vivien Jones finds music in the luter’s detritus, the lament of the planet Pluto, the chatter of two fat ladies in a hair salon, graffiti in a rural bus shelter, the craftsmen’s saw rip-cutting, cross-cutting, the sigh of scissors, the creaking oak wood, the rhythm of the breathing of an asthmatic child. These beautifully observed poems are full of insight into the joy and sadness of being human.

Vivien Jones is launching Short of Breath in Dalbeattie on 24 November and at Blackwell’s bookshop Edinburgh on 4 December. Details of these events here.
Buy the book for £8 plus p&p here: Short of Breath

The Fire in Me Now by Michael Curtis is The Poetry Kit’s book of the monthFront cover Michael Curtis

We are delighted that Jim Bennett has chosen The Fire in Me Now as Poetry Kit’s book of the month. This is the third Cultured Llama book that has been selected: Digging Up Paradise by Sarah Salway and The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood by Hilda Sheehan were previous selections. Jim Bennett says:
“In this new collection, Michael Curtis, is tackling the themes of life, love and death. He manages to avoid cliché and finds new things to say in bold new poems that confront and present challenging ideas. There is a deceptive simplicity that hides in the clear and precise images that he presents. Outstanding poems for me, Proof Positive. Looking Back and Landings.”
Read Jim Bennett’s full review of The Fire in Me Now on the Poetry Kit website. The Fire in Me Now is £8 plus p&p


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