Category Archives: Publication News

‘A Story’ in Far Off Places

fairy tales retold black

Far Off Places is a creative writing and illustration magazine based in Edinburgh, that was launched early in 2013.

Their vision is “to create a stage for emerging writers to strut their stuff, both traditional and experimental. We hope to reach, enchant and grip readers who wouldn’t ordinarily pick up a poetry magazine. We believe in beautiful craftsmanship, where choice of font and paper type is an artistic decision.”

The writing in this first issue ‘Fairy Tales Retold’ is striking, imaginative, and seasoned well with those special touches of dark comedy particular to the strangeness of fairy tales.

Oh, and it also has one of my poems in it, which starts like this…

A Story

Like dreams that steal the air from your lungs:
alcohol; sex; annihilation; thought; forgetfulness;
in a few years time maybe a residue in your mind.

Stains.

“Tell us a story?” they asked, not knowing
the impossible task.

…. if you’d like to read the rest, then you can download a digital copy of the magazine for just £1.99 at Faroffplaces.org.
However, if you feel that you’d like a little more teasing first, you can get a FREE teaser edition of the magazine HERE.
And you can read it in the British Library too – which is pretty cool!

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‘Reading About Poetry (whilst thinking about girls)’ in LAVENDER REVIEW

In December I had a poem published in the Muse edition of the Lavender Reviewcalled ‘Reading About Poetry (whilst thinking about girls)‘. I wrote it back when I was at uni, trying to complete a rather tedious homework assignment – which then turned out to be far more fun than I’d anticipated! Here’s an extract:

George Segal, Gay Liberation Monument, Sheridan Square, NYC (1980). Photo by Robert Giard. Courtesy of the Stephen Bulger Gallery. I’m squeezing alliteration
out of her gluteus
maximus, medius, and minimus
until they are oozing
with assonance.

I’m licking the ligature ‘ash’ off
her lobulus auriculæ,
and when I
open her bra (
that she bought at the market)
I find iambic areolae
flitTING aCROSS my BRAIN
punctuated at periods with
mammary papilla…

You can read the poem in full, and/or listen to me reading it aloud (if you’re into that sort of thing) on the Lavender Review website.

The Lavender Review is an international, biannual e-zine dedicated to poetry and art by, about, and for lesbians, including whatever might appeal to a lesbian readership. It was born on Gay Pride Day, June 27, 2010.

27th November – Falmouth – Parabola Project Launch

The Launch Event for the third and final Parabola Project, that explosion of literature and design, is tomorrow night at The Rum Bar in Falmouth.

Unfortunately I can’t be there myself this time, as I’m stuck at the wrong end of the country, but you’ll find my poems lurking somewhere under the fantastic cover of this new issue, which is entitled ‘Horizons’.

It looks like there’s going to be some great writing in this edition. I’m massively excited to be being published in the same book as one of my favourite poets, the awesome Luke Wright, and then there’s Jake O’Leary, who’s been kind enough to offer me cups of tea and inspiration when he’s found me sitting in his kitchen, and many other great writers of poetry and prose as well as the enigmatic illustrations, photography, and design.

You can pick up a copy for just £5, and if you live in Cornwall, here’s a list of stockists, or leave a comment / contact me if you’d like to order a copy sent to your home.

The Launch night features performance from: Mac Dunlop, Rebecca Hall, Adrian Rodda, Sylvie Vacher, Fi Read, Suzie Cunliffe, Heather Hosking, Aaron Kent, Lauren Sheerman, Alan Robinson and Jo Thomas.

27th November –  The Rum Bar, Falmouth – 7pm – Free Entry

The Parabola Project Issue III: Horizons

Perhaps it is true what they say about third time lucky!

The Parabola Project Issue 2I’ve just been informed that the beautifully designed Parabola Project will be publishing some of my poems in its next issue.

If you’re not familiar with the publication, here’s a few words from their website:

“The Parabola Project is the brainchild of Telltales, a reading night launched in October 2008 with the goal of showcasing, motivating and inspiring creative writers from Cornwall and beyond. […] Telltales represents talent from across the writing spectrum, programming and publishing everyone on an equal footing […] showcasing captivating words alongside stunning imagery to inspire readers and writers everywhere.”

For more information about the Parabola Project, or to buy copies of Issue II: Origins, or for lots of other exciting content such as interviews with writers featured so far in The Parabola, head on over to their website and when you do, be sure to hit their main page several times as each time it refreshes you get a new image from the book in the background and some of them are really rather nice.

The Parabola Project Issue III is due out at the end of Nov 2012, so I’ll be in touch with more info about the launch and such nearer the time.

30th May – Inc. Magazine #5 Launch Party – London

I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be having a poem published (and illustrated!) in the fantastic Inc. Magazine next month! And as if that wasn’t enough already, they’ve also put my poem on the poster and asked me to perform at the launch party. Apparently the last one was like a kind of “poetry rave” and that’s the sort of rave I like the sound of!

There will be live music, illustration, and of course, poetry, from the likes of Mr Gee – poet for the BBC’s award winning Russell Brand Show, Catherine Brogan –  the 2011 BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam champion,  and Dan Simpson, Toby De Angeli, Gary from Leeds, Marta Owczrek, Anya Pearson, Will Coldwell, and me.

For full details and links to more information about all the performers, go to Inc. Magazine’s Homepage or the Facebook Event Page.

So if you’re in London on May 30th, do come to The Book Club, 100 Leonard St, EC2A 4RH, for 7pm and join in the fun. Tickets are £5 and include a free magazine!

Poetry Advent Calendar: Day 17 – ‘Let Winter Come’ by Nick Jarvis

It was my birthday a couple of weeks back and I got some new notebooks and pens as presents, and I must say, my belief in the power of the right tools for the job has been fully restored as from the moment of opening it I started 4 new poems. One of which I finished quickly and, within a week, had accepted for publication on the Poetry Advent Calendar. If only it always went this smoothly!

‘Let Winter Come’ probably represents the furthest point on the other end of the spectrum of the type of poetry I write, to the poem I wrote before it, the lewd and comical ’12 (Urban Dictionary) Days of Christmas’. If I ever put out a collection of winter poems, it looks set to be a rather varied publication!

Read ‘Let Winter Come’ on The Poetry Advent Calendar here.