It has been an exciting start to the autumn for Cultured Llama. In September, we were at the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair in London, and five of our authors gave a reading. Our stall was busy all day, so that we barely had a chance to look around, but it was great to meet ‘virtual’ friends in the flesh, and to talk to poets, poetry lovers and other publishers.
We were delighted to see Cultured Llama named in Poetry News, in Charles Boyle’s article about the fair, where we were mentioned in the same sentence as Faber! Fame at last.
Sounds of the Real World by the sea
Gordon Meade will be launching his new poetry collection Sounds of the Real World at The Chapel, Broadstairs on Saturday 9 November. An afternoon of poetry and live music is promised with several Cultured Llama poets reading, music from Bob Carling, Sienna-Janae Holihan and Rachel Morris. Poets confirmed to read with Gordon Meade are Michael Curtis, Bethany W Pope, Maria C McCarthy, Mark Holihan and Philip Kane. There will also be an open mic for poets. The Chapel proved a very popular venue for a Cultured Llama event earlier this year. It’s a pub and a bookshop – what’s not to like?
The event is free, but please do support Cultured Llama and our authors by buying a book or two. If you are unable to come, you can buy Sounds of the Real World online from Cultured Llama here.
“A firework set off in the heart of the culture’s kitchen”
William Bedford, in Acumen 77, reviews by Hilda Sheehan’s debut poetry collection The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood. Bedford describes the book as a ‘glorious joyride’. We particularly like this:
‘A mother of five and editor of Domestic Cherry, [Hilda Sheehan] has occupied so many feminist roles that her work is like a firework set off in the heart of the culture’s kitchen.’
The review is reproduced on the Cultured Llama website with kind permission of Acumen. You can read the review here.
The Good Book
The Good Book, a film by Anton French and Rosie Escott, was premiered on a pedal-powered cinema at the Wise Words Festival in Canterbury in September. The film is about the opening of the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury and the theme is the physical book. Six poems are read throughout the film, including one by Cultured Llama author and editor Maria C McCarthy. Her poem is read by an actor and is the second poem in the film. You can see the film and link to the text of the poems here.
Cultured Llama links with Academy of Rock
Cultured Llama is delighted to have Peter Cook to help us with our development as an independent press. Peter usually works with bigger businesses than ours – he mentions the United Nations and Pfizer on his website! Find out more about Peter at Academy of Rock, where you can navigate the website using an amp volume knob that goes up to 11.