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The chapbooks are in A6 format so please consider this when sending poems of longer line length. We don't want to set your fine work at 6pt.

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Delighted to announce our latest title ~ Items by Martin Stannard

Recent additions -

Distances by Ian Seed
Stella Unframed by Simon Collings
A Lifes Work
by Sally Barrett
Our 50th title - Aire by Andrew Taylor
Swamp Kiss
by Colin Herd
Arboreal Days
by Daniel Bennett

Earlier chapbooks can be found here.
Swamp Kiss ~ Colin Herd
Swamp Kiss, Colin Herd
Chapbook - January 2018
chapbook [rcp cb48]A6 46pp 50 copies
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Colin Herd
Colin Herd is a poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. His previous publications include too ok (BlazeVOX, 2011), Glovebox (Knives, Forks and Spoons, 2013), Oberwilding - with SJ Fowler (Austrian Cultural Forum, 2015) and Click & Collect (Boilerhouse Press, 2017). He co-organised Outside-in / Inside-out, A festival of Outside and Subterranean Poetry in Glasgow in 2016. His website is www.colinherd com

“Here’s a reason to celebrate: a fresh batch of poems by Colin Herd. I don’t know anyone else who can make zing the unexpected proximity of danger and corn on the cob, or for that matter castles and bottoms. Swamp Kiss is a delight to read, a lyric bustle of double understandings, jingles, neologisms, jokes, and bathside musings. Tracing ebullient arcs of thought, these poems revel in the language of everyday stuff, sometimes doleful, other times joyous.” -
Lila Matsumoto
Aire ~ Andrew Taylor
Aire, Andrew Taylor
Chapbook - February 2018
chapbook [rcp cb50]A6 46pp 50 copies
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Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor was born in Liverpool in 1967 and lived in Nottingham, where he is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.

"These are some of Taylor’s most evocative poems. Each dwells on a quiet moment, but is part of a concatenation, a narrative of sorts, expressing a joy in being solitary, and noticing.” Rory Waterman

A Lifes Work ~ Sally Barrett
A Lifes Work, Sally Barrett
Chapbook - April 2018
chapbook [rcp cb51]A6 38pp 50 copies
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Sally Barrett

"The ‘life’s work’ – and the work’s life – is the poems’ unflinching spotlight on deeply personal details, and the candour with which the dark private corners of a life are exposed and illuminated: spilt egg Mornay and the tricky question of virginity mingle with love/death/crying, and Jung’s take on the lot. Like the lingering scent of Vosene Medicated Shampoo, these are poems that will stay with you.” Rachel Sills

Stella Unframed ~ Simon Collings
Stella Unframed, Simon Collings
Chapbook - May 2018
chapbook [rcp cb52]A6 34pp 50 copies
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Simon Collings

With the playfully-crafted sonnets of Stella Unframed, Simon Collings offers us a hilarious twenty-first century take on Sir Philip Sidney’s sonnet sequence Astrophel and Stella. The effect is both dizzying and thrilling, as if we were being propelled at ever-increasing speed down a never-ending helterskelter. The views shift, compelling at every turn. Will we ever reach the end? What will happen if we do? “At this point”, as Sonnet XVII declares, “we leave the narrative and enter reality”. We have no choice than to read on.’" Ian Seed

Distances ~ Ian Seed
Distances, Ian Seed
Chapbook - June 2018
chapbook [rcp cb53]A6 42pp 70 copies
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The narrators in Distances unearth a series of forgotten, oddly-beautiful stories, which reveal the possibility of a different life.

‘Seed skillfully mirrors the way life works: the chance meetings, the rebuffs, the misunderstandings. All this is done with a real sense of rhythm, of euphony, of music, and of yearning.’ – Ian McMillan, on Identity Papers, in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine.

Items ~ Martin Stannard
Items, Martin Stannard
Chapbook - August 2018
chapbook [rcp cb54]A6 32pp 50 copies
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Martin Stannard
“Here is a major book by a major British poet who dances in the ballroom where the avant-garde meets the mainstream and, more importantly, makes us all want to dance there too.”
- Ian McMillan, on Poems for the Young at Heart

…. his laid-back, offbeat style, which combines the mainstream with the avant-garde, is simply so good to read, entertaining, sophisticated and stimulating, sharp but unpretentious at the same time.”
- Steve Spence, Stride, on Poems for the Young at Heart