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Limited edition poetry chapbooks and flash fiction.


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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.

If accepted we will ask you to take a minimum of 20 copies of the book at half price (along with a complimentary copy) to help us to continue publishing.

Authors should preferably have a previous publication history. So, please mention where your work has appeared in your submission email and also provide a brief biography.


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Delighted to announce our latest debut title ~ Bull by James Roome
Recent additions -

Nola by Thomas Kelly
by Mike Fergusson
We Must Betray Our Potential
by Scott Thurston
Letters from the Underworld (second printing) by Alan Baker
auto producer
by Robert Burton
by Martin Stannard
by Ian Seed
Stella Unframed by Simon Collings
A Lifes Work
by Sally Barrett

Earlier chapbooks can be found here.
A Lifes Work ~ Sally Barrett
A Lifes Work, Sally Barrett
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
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
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
August 2018
chapbook [rcp cb54]A6 32pp 50 copies
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auto producer ~ Robert Burton
auto producer, Robert Burton
August 2018
chapbook [rcp cb55]A6 48pp 50 copies
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Robert Burton
has published poems online and in print for over 8 years, and has apeared in Black Box Manifold, issues 15 and 18, the latter a memorial issue for Tom Raworth; ninerrors, otoliths, and the Red Ceilings.

He has worked with Knives Forks and Spoons Press (KFS) to produce poems for an Arts Council funded project in the North West of England. As part of this project his work, along with poetry by nine other poets, was displayed as part of the Blackpool Illuminations from early September until early November 2016.

His first collection Lack Dream was published with KFS in 2017.

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

Letters from the Underworld ~ Alan Baker
Letters from the Underworld, Alan Baker
Second Printing - November 2018
chapbook [rcp cb56]A6 32pp 30 copies
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Alan Baker
‘It’s not too late to seek a newer world, is it?’ In a series of twenty epistles, written in the form of prose poems, Alan Baker takes us on a twenty-first century pilgrimage in search of the possibility of spiritual renewal in a world of globalised self-destruction. The poems do not shrink from expressing despair, but they never cease to reach out to us through their beauty and through their consistent plea to all of us to meet one another upon this honestly. As in Dante’s Commedia, many different kinds of language – the political, the spiritual the scientific, the commercial, the playful, the poetic – jostle up against each other in the way that language so often does in life. Like Dante, Baker refuses to isolate the poetic from the living. Yet however fragmented, the poems work together as a compelling whole, thanks to Baker’s measured and masterful use of the prose poem. These letters from the underworld represent the neo-modernist lyric at its best.

Ian Seed

We Must Betray Our Potential ~ Scott Thurston
We Must Betray Our Potential, Scott Thurston
September 2018
chapbook [rcp cb57]A6 52pp 50 copies
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We Must Betray Our Potential
In these metaphysical dialogues between the dancing and linguistic self, Thurston circles questions of being, ‘self’-presence and identity. The temporality of dance – its fleeting, unrestricted movements – and the apparent ‘solidity’ of the poem as permanence play against each other throughout the book. But the metaphorical nature of language and the material ‘factness’ of the body also weigh heavily – after all, “you can’t edit out your arm.” Thurston’s refusal of a straightforward ‘gesture-as-language’ analogy is admirable. Instead, dance and bodily movement suggest the possibility of gesture as a form of enquiry – an interrogative practice which stands apart from metaphor. In this way the poems clear space for feelings of doubt and vertigo, proposing an ethics of restless, never-settling ‘selves’-examination. How does language, this ‘incorporeal’ stuff, touch us? How are we moved by it? How is thinking made – through movement? Gesture? The trace of a dance?

Amy McCauley

Professions ~ Mike Ferguson
Professions, Mike Ferguson
November 2018
chapbook [rcp cb58]A6 44pp 40 copies
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Following a line of list poems from Whitman through to Carver, Professions began its apprenticeship as a set reflecting on a small range of occupations – undertaken by Ferguson / on their receiving end – evolving to this sequence of prose poems on a wider world of those who ply differing trades. Unashamed in the use of jobbing puns, linked threads accompany satirical to shrewd views on the art and artifice of these livelihoods.
Nola ~ Thomas Kelly
Nola, Thomas Kelly
December 2018
chapbook [rcp cb59]A6 38pp 40 copies
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Thomas Kelly
Thomas Kelly lives in London, UK. His work has been published by Gauss PDF and Blackbox Manifold.
Nola is his first chapbook.
Bull ~ James Roome
Bull, James Roome
March 2019
chapbook [rcp cb60]A6 42pp 40 copies
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“From its opening lines, you won’t be able to put Bull down until you reach the end. A fabulously funny and oddly moving first collection. It reads like Ted Hughes crossed with James Tate, but James Roome has a distinctive voice all his own. It is a voice which promises great things to come.”

Ian Seed