Match of the Day and Winter Dance

January 10th, 2019 § 0 comments § permalink

If you were wondering what could be the link between a World Cup match and an orchard, look no further than Maria C. McCarthy’s poem poster, Match of the Day. Maria was part of an art project, celebrating Rainham Community Orchard, culminating in an exhibition. Her poem posters, Match of the Day and Winter Dance are avaialble as A3 high-res prints, sigjned by the author. They cost £5 ech plus p&p, but postage is free if you buy both, or add them to an order of There are Boats on the Orchard.

Maria writes:

The day of the England–Columbia match, unwisely bare-legged, I walked amongst the nettles as the orchard volunteers strimmed and mowed. ‘Match of the Day’ highlights the offbeat connections between the World Cup match and the volunteers’ work. Sara E. Fletcher’s drawings on the ‘Match of the Day’ poster are from my pamphlet, There are Boats on the Orchard. Mark Holihan designed the poster and pamphlet.

On a cold February day, the “slow Esses” of the trees performed a ‘Winter Dance’. Lines from this poem, and another, ‘Mulch’, appear on Sara E. Fletcher’s poem bowls [not pictured]. Mark Holihan reflected Sara’s lines in the Winter Dance’ poster design.

Order the poem posters here. And Maria’s pamphlet on the disappearing orchards of Kent, with images by Sara Fletcher: There are Boats on the Orchard.

London Calling, funny, touching and very human, plus the engaging oddness of Louise Tondeur’s characters

January 10th, 2019 § 0 comments § permalink

Peter Kenny writes about two Cultured Llama story collections on his blog, Peter Kenny: a writer’s notebook:

In Jeremy Page’s London Calling and Other Stories. I particularly enjoyed the novella-length title story London Calling. Its protagonist, a University drop-out called Eustace Tutt, is brilliantly drawn, and was for me like meeting someone from my own past.    Sadly, my past did not feature sharing a squat with two German girls with a propensity for nudity.  Jeremy’s stories are funny, touching and very human. I devoured the collection.


Unusual Places  by Louise Tondeur‘s style is fascinating, she has an alien’s eye for detail, and observations are made without the expected filters and hierarchies of importance. Louise is writing a crime novel at the moment, and I can’t help thinking the engaging oddness of her characters and description would make her foray into crime something to be greatly anticipated.

Each collection costs £12 plus p&p, with postage and packing free if you buy two or more items from this website. Unusual Places is also available as an ebook. Order at: London Calling and Unusual Places.


Confluence – captivated by Louise Tondeur’s stories; Michael Curtis at the height of his powers

January 9th, 2019 § 0 comments § permalink

Confluence reviews are anonymous, so we are unable to namecheck the reviewers who give glowing accounts of Unusual Places, by Louise Tondeur, and Family Likeness, by Michael Curtis. The reviewer of Louise Tondeur’s stories writes:

‘Fragments Found in a Tunnel’ is one of the pieces of flash fiction that separates part one and part two of short stories. Immediately, you’re transported into the tunnel, and you’re stuck there with no escape. This is a terrifying piece that will make even the bravest of us hope desperately for a way out […] This is a fantastic collection of short stories and flash fiction. Tondeur is fantastic at captivating the reader and transporting them to new and unusual places.

​Read the full review here

Order Louise Tondeur’s collection for £12 plus p&p for the paperback, or £5.99 for the ebook (free postage and packing if you order two or more items from this website): Unusual Places


The reviewer of Michael Curtis’s poetry collection, Family Likeness , writes:

…Curtis, a writer who is in my opinion at the height of his powers, knows how to step back with the right amount of detachment and view the archive, knowing when to state his feelings and when to report what he and his immediate ancestors have experienced as he shows in the poem: ‘Nellie’: “Me? Well, I had to stay lyrical, tied to the pull of rhyming memory / with what can’t be seen / crooning to the you I /  never knew down / these accidental years / from an upstairs room”. […] This is history told in the best way, as someone once said of Eduardo Galeano: History told upwards from the bottom, from the street.

Order Michael Curtis’s poetry collection for £10 plus p&p (free postage and packing if you order two or more items from this website): Family Likeness 


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