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A Short History of Synchronised Breathing and other stories
by Vanessa Gebbie
New and collected stories from the award-winning author of The Coward’s Tale, Storm Warning, and Words from a Glass Bubble.
978-0-9568921-2-6. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 160pp. February 2017. Short Stories. £12.00.
Who Killed Emil Kreisler?
by Nigel Jarrett
Postcards from a dead woman; a tale told in letters, centred on a strange musical instrument; the journey of Bismarck’s helmet … In Who Killed Emil Kreisler? Nigel Jarrett takes the reader through centuries and across continents to places well beyond their comfort zone.
978-0-9568921-1-9. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 208pp. November 2016. Short Stories. £12.00.
Only the Visible Can Vanish
by Anna Maconochie
Love, sex and dating, the daily grind of work in Future Digital, being the other woman, the other man, Beauty and the Beast retold, rabbits, rats and foxes… In Only the Visible Can Vanish, Anna Maconochie brings tales of transformation and hidden identity, revealing the superficiality and depths of life in the internet age.
978-0-9932119-9-7. Paperback. 158pp. 203×127mm. £12.00. September 2016. Short Stories.
There Are No Foreign Lands
by Mark Holihan
Like the glass-fronted cabinet in Mark Holihan’s Kent home, There Are No Foreign Lands contains beautifully-rendered fragments from the life of a migrant: “pieces of memories from a place where your face and voice aren’t foreign”. These are poignant poems of travel, displacement, personal and political realisations.
978-0-9932119-8-0. Paperback. 92pp. 203×127mm. £10.00. May 2016. Poetry.
The Light Box
by Rosie Jackson
The Light Box places the personal alongside classic myths, the imagined lives, and afterlives, of ordinary people, cultural icons, and those depicted in their art. Stanley Spencer, Margaret Thatcher, two men kissing in an airport arrivals hall; in Rosie Jackson’s hands, ‘the ordinary becomes unfamiliar and scarred with legend’.
978-0-9932119-7-3. Paperback. 108pp. 203×127mm. £10.00. March 2016. Poetry.
Memorandum: Poems for the Fallen
by Vanessa Gebbie
Memorandum is a haunting collection of poems that summons voices from the shadows of the First World War. Vanessa Gebbie transforms prosaic records of ordinary soldiers, and the physical landscape of battles, war graves and memorials, into poignant reflections on the small and greater losses to families and the world.
978-0-99321194-2. Paperback. 86pp. 203×127mm. £10.00. February 2016. Poetry.
Les Animots: A Human Bestiary
by Gordon Meade, images by Douglas Robertson
A stunning collaboration of poetry and images about animals and their not-so-distant relationship with man.
978-0-9926485-9-6. HB. 203×127mm. 164pp. Poetry and images. November 2015. £13.00
The Ecology of Everyday Things
by Mark Everard
Considers a diversity of ‘everyday things’, including fascinating facts about their ecological origins – from the tea we drink, to things we wear, read and enjoy, to the ecology of communities and space flight, and the important roles played by ‘unappealing creatures’ such as slugs and wasps.
978-0-9932119-6-6. HB. 216×140mm. 126pp. 15 ills. Non-fiction. November 2015. £13.00
The Hungry Writer
by Lynne Rees
The Hungry Writer is a simmered reduction of five years of ‘the hungry writer’ blog by award-winning writer and lyrical lover of food, Lynne Rees.
978-0-9932119-3-5. PB. 244×170mm. 246pp. Colour photos. Non-fiction. September 2015. £15.00
by Richard Thomas
Traces a father’s journey from ‘Do you want this baby in HTML / or plain text?’ through to his beloved daughter’s first year. A unique and brave unfolding of young fatherhood.
978-0-9932119-5-9. Cultured Llama. PB. 62pp. 178×127mm. Poetry. July 2015. £7.00
by John Brewster
In Automatic Writing, John Brewster, moves from ‘Ixey-pixey’ wordplay to tender elegy; from Scots to English; from celebrations of life to intimations of a longing for death. These poems are precise – Brewster is a master of the ‘architectured word’ – yet there is a sense of something bigger and unwritten beyond the words on the page. This is poetry that speaks to the soul, the heart, the mind, the eye, the ear.
978-0-9926485-8-9. Cultured Llama. PB. 92pp. Poetry. July 2015. £10.00
The Lost of Syros
by Emma Timpany
In The Lost of Syros, a debut collection of stories by Emma Timpany, revelations come unexpectedly: in a shower of gold on a snow-covered volcano in Antarctica; at a graffiti-scarred Aboriginal sacred site; in a mouthful of cake. Precise and delicately written, these stories are little windows into life.
978-0-9926485-2-8. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 128pp. July 2015. Short Fiction. £12.00
by Stephen H. Morris
The definitive and indispensable guide to Medway music. Mixes oral history with profiles of the best singles, EPs and albums to come out of the Medway Towns since the mid-1970s.
978-0-9926485-2-7. Cultured Llama. PB. 504pp. 229×152pp. March 2015. Non-fiction. £18.00
Cold Light of Morning
by Julian Colton
Nature provides ‘a limitless job creation scheme for poets’, and Julian Colton proves more than equal to the task in Cold Light of Morning. Flashes of a personal and a wider historical past illuminate the poet’s present, but this is no sentimental journey: ‘there is no going home or going forward’.
Paperback. 90pp. 203×127mm. 978-0-9926485-7-2. Poetry. March 2015. Cultured Llama. £10.00
In Margate by Lunchtime
by Maggie Harris
Brings more stories from Maggie Harris’s adopted home of Kent. Set in the seaside towns of Thanet, the exotic creatures that inhabit these tales – flamingos, parakeets, a mermaid on a Vespa – are like the human migrants, sometimes shining, more often trying to find their place in an unwelcoming environment.
978-0-9926485-3-4. Cultured Llama. PB. xvi+188=204pp. 203×127mm. Feb 2015. Short Stories. £12.00
Punk Rock People Management: A No-Nonsense Guide to Hiring, Inspiring and Firing Staff
by Peter Cook
Strips down HR to the bare essentials for busy people and those who are sick of HR jargon getting in the way of running a business.
978-0-9932119-0-4. Cultured Llama. PB. 37pp. 210×148mm. Feb 2015. Non-fiction. £10.00
The Music of Business:
Business Excellence Fused with
Music – NEW EDITION
by Peter Cook
The Music of Business offers a powerful dose of business intelligence mixed with the wisdom of pop and rock’s monarchy.
978-0-9932119-1-1. Cultured Llama. PB. 318pp. 210×148mm. May 2015. Non-fiction. £15.00
Short of Breath
by Vivien Jones
In 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.
Paperback. 98pp. 203×127 mm. 978-0-9926485-5-8. November 2014. Cultured Llama. Poetry. £10.00
The Fire in Me Now
by 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.
Paperback. 98pp. 203×127 mm. 978-0-9926485-4-1. September 2014. Cultured Llama. Poetry. £10.00
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.
Paperback. 160pp. 203×203 mm. 978-0-9926485-6-5. June 2014. Cultured Llama. Poetry & Non-fiction. £15.00
As Long as it Takes
by Maria C. McCarthy
As Long as it Takes gives voice to the lost generation of Irish women who sailed to England to look for work in the middle of the twentieth century. Maura Flaherty and her daughters struggle with identity, belonging, love, sexuality and grief – and dilemmas such as whether to like punk or Elvis.
With no concessions to nostalgia or sentimentality, this deeply moving and beautifully written book, by a second-generation Irish writer, tells the interwoven stories of an immigrant family. Maria C. McCarthy skilfully weaves the historical and cultural significance of Anglo-Irish relations into a half-century of family life.
Paperback. 166pp. 203×127 mm. 978-0-9926485-1-0. February 2014. Cultured Llama. Short Stories. £12.00
Sounds of the Real World
by Gordon Meade
Sounds of the Real World is partly a bestiary, where man and creature are “separated by nothing but a pane of glass”. The sea is “a simmer in a pan” throughout, charting the poet’s move from his native Scotland to inner city London. Gordon Meade is not just standing and staring at nature; these poems offer social commentary as well as candid reflections on relationships, memory and mortality.
Paperback. 104pp. 203×127 mm. 978-0-9926485-0-3. August 2013. Cultured Llama. Poetry. £10.00
Notes From a Bright Field
by Rose Cook
Rose Cook’s Notes From a Bright Field is ‘a single quiet path, in and out’, capturing the transitory beauties of the everyday: a mother’s ashes imagined as ‘Lux flakes’; the ‘fruit-gummed glass’ of a cathedral. Where the poems’ themes are of nature, loss and the spiritual, these are grounded in concrete imagery like ‘the clack-clack of the shell and the bones’.
Paperback. 104pp. 203×127 mm. 978-0-9568921-9-5. July 2013. Cultured Llama. Poetry. £10.00
The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood
by Hilda Sheehan
In The Night My Sister Went To Hollywood Hilda Sheehan offers poems on love, exhaustion, classic movies, supermarket shopping and seals in the bathtub. Her poems ‘bristle with the stuff of life’. Her language is ‘vigorous and seductively surreal’. ‘What kind of a mother writes poems / anyway, and why?’ she asks. A mother of five, Hilda Sheehan is that kind of mother Read this debut poetry collection now: ‘time is running out … Asda will shut soon’.
Paperback. 82pp. 203×127 mm. 978-0-9568921-8-8. March 2013. Cultured Llama. Poetry. £10.00
Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning
by Maggie Harris
Maggie Harris brings warmth and humour to her Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning, and tops them with a twist of calypso.
Here are pilgrims old and new: Eliot living in ‘This Mother Country’ for half a century; Samantha learning that country life is not like in the magazines.
There are stories of regret, longing and wanting to belong; a sense of place and displacement resonates throughout.
Paperback. 138pp. 203×127 mm. 978-0-9568921-6-4. September 2012. Cultured Llama. Short Stories. £12.00
The Strangest Thankyou
by Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas’s debut poetry collection embraces the magical and the mundane, the exotic and the everyday, the surreal rooted in reality. Grand poetic themes of love, death and great lives are cut with surprising twists and playful use of language, shape, form and imagery. The poet seeks ‘an array of wonder’ in “Dig” and spreads his ‘riches’ throughout The Strangest Thankyou.
Paperback. 96pp. 203×127 mm. 978-0-9568921-5-7. November 2012. Cultured Llama. Poetry. £10.00
by Bethany W. Pope
Cultured Llama is delighted to publish Bethany Pope’s first poetry collection A Radiance. This is moving narrative poetry from an award-winning young writer, based on the extraordinary story of Pope’s grandparents, Dan and Ruth. The poet retells family stories, often standing witness to scenes from long before her birth. The family past informs the poet’s history and present. Prepare to be drawn into this world of tarpaper shacks and uranium buried in the backyard.
Paperback. 70pp. 203×127mm. 978-0-9568921-3-3. June 2012. Cultured Llama. Poetry. £10.00
by Maria C McCarthy
Maria is a poet of remarkable skill, whose work offers surprising glimpses into our 21st-century lives – the ‘strange fruits’ of our civilisation or lack of it. Shot through with meditations on the past and her heritage as ‘an Irish girl, an English woman’, strange fruits includes poems reflecting on her urban life in a Medway town and as a rural resident in Swale.
Paperback. 72pp. 203×127 mm. 978-0-9568921-0-2. July 2011. Cultured Llama. Poetry. £10.00 (all profits to Macmillan Cancer Support)