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The Hospital, by Ben Barton

In The Hospital, Ben Barton offers slow observations of hospital life. A dead man’s phone rings; a slug encroaches through a gap in the window; a glimpse of the outside world is viewed through an X-ray held up to the light. In amongst the daily humiliations and the public spectacle of the sick and the dying, there are sparks of hope: a nip of whisky from another patient’s hip flask, the cries of a newborn from down the corridor, and one last meal, jab, swab before leaving.

978-1-9164128-2-8. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 64pp. October 2018. Poetry. £10.00

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London Calling and Other Stories, by Jeremy Page

At the heart of Jeremy Page’s collection of long, short and flash fiction is the eponymous novella, London Calling, a comic tour-de-force set in a 1980s squat. Other stories feature a woman who remains in bed due to ennui, murder in a crime bookshop, and all the small resentments of a marriage condensed into two paragraphs. These are stories for our strange, unsettling times.

978-1-9164128-1-1. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 152pp. August 2018. Short Stories. £12.00

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Unusual Places, by Louise Tondeur

Grandma’s stories, ‘…would always start in the place where we were,’ and so it is with Unusual Places. Human remains are concealed in the Greenwich Tunnel in a world where London is a prison; a market is the setting for sexual and sensual awakenings; a professional picnicker finds love. Louise Tondeur’s stories skip along, rich with detail and musical prose, only to trip us up with turns and surprises: the unusual lurks in the most ordinary of places.

978-0-9957381-9-5. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 174pp. August 2018. Short Stories. £12.00

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Family Likeness, by Michael Curtis

In Family Likeness, Michael Curtis describes a vivid and at times unsettling world. There are moving and apt memorials to war dead and to family members, some only recently uncovered from a hidden past. Alongside a portrait of post-war life as a child in Liverpool and perfectly rendered scenes of Kentish life here and now, these poems span time with compassion and insight to make a substantial and impressive collection.

978-1-9164128-0-4. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 88pp. September 2018. Poetry. £10.00

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The Other Guernica: Poems Inspired by Spanish Art, by Derek Sellen

Foreword by Prof. Janet Montefiore

Inspired by Spanish artists from the 15th century to the 21st, The Other Guernica invites us into worlds of violence and love, war and domesticity, in a collection that is both a coherent homage to the painting of Spain, and a daring exploration of what might emerge when word meets image. Read with or without the images that inspired them, Derek Sellen’s poems are equally powerful.

978-0-9957381-2-6. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 98pp. July 2018. Poetry. £10.00

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Flood, by Jessica Mookherjee

In these poems, Jessica Mookherjee inhabits several identities in her ‘bone-framed coat’. With overarching themes of migration, otherness, sexual awakening, maternal mental illness, the impact of catastrophe, of loss and being lost, Flood is a debut collection from a genuine virtuoso with a powerful original voice.

978-0-9957381-1-9. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 94pp. April 2018. Poetry. £10.00

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Dip Flash, by Jonathan Pinnock

In Dip Flash we are taken to worlds where houses disappear, a wife runs off with a porpoise, and on to Heaven, where only French is spoken. From a bull in a china shop to a scheme for releasing the equity in grannies, these stories are dark and raw, grotesque and fantastic. They are also laugh-out-loud funny.

978-0-9957381-7-1. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 154pp. April 2018. Short Stories. £12.00

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Solid Mental Grace: Listening to the Music of Yes, by Simon Barrow

How has the progressive rock band Yes survived 50 years of intense devotion and strong criticism? This book reconsiders the band’s musical creativity, variety and value, and highlights an artistic imagination in Yes’s finest moments that defies ready-made labels. It illustrates the capacity of honest musical appreciation to remake us, rather than simply to confirm our prejudices.

978-0-9957381-8-8. Cultured Llama. PB. 210×148mm. 232pp. March 2018. Curious Things. £12.00

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