Friday, 20 April 2018

Saboteur Awards shortlisting - update!!!

V. Press is very very delighted to share more on the
two V. Press pamphlets shortlisted in this year's Poetry Pamphlet category for the 2018 Saboteur Award!!!

Both Romalyn Ante's Rice & Rain and Claire Walker's Somewhere Between Rose and Black are in the running for this year's prize.

The Saboteur Awards 2018: Spotlight on the Best Poetry Pamphlet Shortlist is now online here, including details about the two V. Press pamphlets shortlisted


Somewhere Between Rose and Black by Claire Walker is very earthy and very enigmatic - a sample poem and more about the pamphlet here.

Voters' praise includes:

"A truly incredible book of suppleness and sensuality which is lead by a compelling narrative. Beautiful." "Walker is a sensitive and intelligent poet whose lines are beautifully crafted."


Rice & Rain by Romalyn Ante is very rich and very distinct - a sample poem and more about the pamphlet here.
Voters' praise includes:

"Extraordinary poems, powerfully personal, subtly political, metaphysical"

"She is a very gifted poet. Her poems have a great joy to read with a different style of the way she writes and construct hers words beautifully." 

V. Press is also very very delighted to see V. Press poetry designer Ruth Stacey shortlisted for Best Collaborative Work for her poetry duet with Katy Wareham Morris, Inheritance (Mother’s Milk Books).

And Jude Higgins' V. Press pamphlet The Chemist's House was also longlisted for the Best Short Story Collection. (More on the pamphlet here.)

The final winner s for each category will be announced at the special Saboteur Awards festival event in London on Satuday, May 19 but before that the placings have to be decided...by public vote!

Voting starts today Monday, April 9 and ends on Wednesday, May 9. Even if you've already nominated, please do go along to the website here now to cast your vote and have your say in this year's winners!!!

VOTE HERE NOW for  Somewhere Between Rose and Black /Rice & Rain !!! 


Meanwhile, a quick reminder that V. Press is currently open to poetry submissions. (Please check out the guidelines here.) 

Also, the very very exciting V. Press Stablemates reading in London takes place on Thursday, April 26. Book your tickets now at www.jillabram.co.uk/stablemates.




Thursday, 19 April 2018

STABLEMATES - APRIL 26

JUST A WEEK TO GO...

STABLEMATES

V. Press is very very delighted to to take part in the monthly Stablemates poetry evening at The Poetry Cafe London on Thursday, April 26. Jill Abrams has invited V. Press poets Stephen Daniels and David Clarke , and V. Press editor and poet, Sarah James/Leavesley to share poetry (& maybe a few words on running the press) from their recent pamphlets and collections: Tell Mistakes I Love ThemScare Storiesplenty-fish and How to Grow Matches.

Doors open 7pm, poetry starts promptly at 7.30. Venue: The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BX. Tickets are £6 in advance from Buy Now button on the Stablemates website here or £8 (cash only) on the door.

Full details also below:




Thursday, 12 April 2018

Launching Against the Pull of TIme

V. Press is very very delighted to launch Against the Pull of Time , a poetry pamphlet by Jenna Plewes.

“Against the Pull of Time is a spiritual and physical journey. On the island of Iona Jenna Plewes travels far into herself to come to terms with loss, ageing and mortality. The outer landscape is wonderfully realized. Sea, shore, shells, birds and buildings play a central role in her inner exploration. The immediacy of the pared writing in this sequence, its telling details and the sharing of a deeply-felt experience, draw the reader into Plewes’ journey.” Myra Schneider

“In tender, beautiful and unsentimental language Jenna Plewes takes us on a journey, walking barefoot on wet sand, sitting in a ruined nunnery, musing on the shoreline 'handcuffed to the sea'. it is a long time since I have read a collection that moved me so. One line somehow says it all: 'so many things are precious in the leaving and the letting go'. This is a collection I want to read over and over – also rare these days.” Roselle Angwin

Against the Pull of Time is very very deep-rooted and seamlessly woven.

R.R.P. £6.50

A sample poem from the pamphlet may be enjoyed below.

BUY Against the Pull of Time now, using the paypal link below. 


Against the Pull of Time (including P&P)



A Thin Place

A hand-span measure where time dissolves
in a turquoise sea.

A cell where your mind squeezes through bars,
spirals the thermals.

Here, ideas hatch like midges in sunlight.
Wind indifferent to everything but itself

will temper you, silence will free you from explanations
and excuses. The chill of rippled sand

will teach your naked feet to walk with tenderness
across the thin-skinned earth.

This place is a heart-squeeze of finding and losing,
where you will walk the machair,

try to snare a singing bird, cage it and learn its song,
where you must set it free.


LAUNCH EVENTS

Friday, 20 April: 5pm - 7pm, Bromsgrove Library, Parkside, Market St. B61 8DA. Welcome glass of wine.

Friday, 15 June: 5.30pm , Harbour Bookshop 2 Mill St. Kingsbridge TQ7 1ED. Welcome glass of wine.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Saboteur Awards shortlistings!!!

V. Press is very very delighted to have not just one but two V. Press pamphlets shortlisted in this year's Poetry Pamphlet category for the 2018 Saboteur Award!!!

Both Romalyn Ante's Rice & Rain and Claire Walker's Somewhere Between Rose and Black are in the running for this year's prize.

Somewhere Between Rose and Black by Claire Walker is very earthy and very enigmatic - a sample poem and more about the pamphlet here.

Rice & Rain by Romalyn Ante is very rich and very distinct - a sample poem and more about the pamphlet here.

V. Press is also very very delighted to see V. Press poetry designer Ruth Stacey shortlisted for Best Collaborative Work for her poetry duet with Katy Wareham Morris, Inheritance (Mother’s Milk Books).

And Jude Higgins' V. Press pamphlet The Chemist's House was also longlisted for the Best Short Story Collection. (More on the pamphlet here.)

The final winner s for each category will be announced at the special Saboteur Awards festival event in London on Satuday, May 19 but before that the placings have to be decided...by public vote!

Voting starts today Monday, April 9 and ends on Wednesday, May 9. Even if you've already nominated, please do go along to the website here now to cast your vote and have your say in this year's winners!!!

VOTE HERE NOW for  Somewhere Between Rose and Black /Rice & Rain !!! 


Meanwhile, a quick reminder that V. Press is currently open to poetry submissions. (Please check out the guidelines here.) 

Also, the very very exciting V. Press Stablemates reading in London takes place on Thursday, April 26. Book your tickets now at www.jillabram.co.uk/stablemates.




Sunday, 1 April 2018

Easter News - Submissions and Reviews

HAPPY EASTER & OPEN SUBMISSIONS WINDOW

We're delighted to open our poetry submissions window today.  This year V. Press will have three different submissions windows: poetry (April/May), flash fiction (July) and guest editors (April). Full submissions guidelines and details can be found here, please do read and follow them carefully. Thank you.



REVIEW NEWS

“David Clarke’s Scare Stories (V Press), written from a soldier’s perspective in enclosed rhyme, employing a taut sonic register, impresses with its post-apocalyptic vision of war being made as a film for pleasure. It is a conceit that works as the notion of the viewer and participant are conflated through the use of the first person plural throughout. The natural rhymes and pithy language produce a sense of an emerging pattern for a possible near future.” David CaddyTears in the Fence, 67, Spring 2018

V. Press is also very delighted to share that How to Parallel Park by James Davey is the April publication over on Atrium Poetry. The feature, which includes three poems from the pamphlet, can be enjoyed here. The pamphlet is available here

Romalyn Ante is named 1 of  '10 Poets Bound to Shift UK Poetry', fourhubs, March 2018. Her V. Press pamphlet Rice & Rain is available here

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Very very exciting news!

V. Press is very very excited to be heading up to London today for the Ted Hughes Award ceremony. We also celebrate a V. Press title in a Vogue list of must-reads, great reviews, interviews and looking forward already to this year's Flash Fiction Festival!!!

So, where do we start:

THE NAGASAKI ELDER


Antony Owen's The Nagasaki Elder has been shortlisted for the 2017 Ted Hughes Award, judged by Gillian Allnutt, Sally Beamish and Lemn Sissay.

The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets to our cultural life. The £5,000 prize is donated by Carol Ann Duffy, funded from the annual honorarium the Poet Laureate traditionally receives from HM The Queen.

V. Press will be with Antony tonight when the winner is announced at the Ted Hughes Award & National Poetry Competition awards ceremony in London.

His work is described by The Poetry Society as: 'A harrowing collection responding to a journey through bombed cities of Japan and drawing on accounts of survivors.
From the judges: “shocking to read, but at the same time strangely beautiful and gentle... relevant to our times, hardhitting, and brilliantly written”.'

Antony has also written a piece for The Poetry School about his experiences that fed into the collection. This can be found, along with a sample poem, here.

For another sample poem, to find out more about The Nagasaki Elder or order a copy of the collection, please follow this link.

* V. Press is also very delighted to share news of Antony Owen's success in ‘Writing Armistice’, the Army’s Poetry Competition 2018, where he's won the Museum of Military Medicine Commendation for his poem ‘A Black Nurse Tends to Wounds’.

RICE & RAIN

We're very pleased to see Romalyn Ante and her V. Press pamphlet Rice & Rain listed as one of Vogue's '9 Poets to Know for World Poetry Day', March 2018!!!

The pamphlet also has an amazing and detailed review in the latest issue of The Ofi Press Magazine.

"The way Ante intersperses Filipino words into the poems is like the sprinkling of exotic spices. Her word-menus-recipes encourage an armchair traveller like me to imagine the places, meet the people: take a bite, drink a spoonful, listen to a story, try to understand what it means to grow up in one country and migrate to another one that’s far away.

"Her poems are carefully structured and take turns that surprise and reveal...

"Ante shows us challenging realities, hope for the future, the past’s importance and the enduring ties of family. I highly recommend this well-written pamphlet which will appeal to a wide audience."

But these are just a few of our favourite parts from this review by E.E. Nobbs. The full review can be enjoyed in the magazine here.

A sample poem and copies of Rice and Rain are available here.

STABLEMATES

V. Press is very very delighted to to take part in the monthly Stablemates poetry evening at The Poetry Cafe London on Thursday, April 26. Jill Abrams has invited V. Press poets Stephen Daniels and David Clarke , and V. Press editor and poet, Sarah James/Leavesley to share poetry (& maybe a few words on running the press) from their recent pamphlets and collections: Tell Mistakes I Love Them, Scare Stories, plenty-fish and How to Grow Matches.

Doors open 7pm, poetry starts promptly at 7.30. Venue: The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BX. Tickets are £6 in advance from Buy Now button on the Stablemates website here or £8 (cash only) on the door.


INTERVIEWS


We're very pleased to share two recent interviews over at Zeroflash.

V. Press author Jude Higgins talks about her V. Press pamphlet The Chemist's House and other writing projects and advice here.

V. Press editor Sarah James/Leavesley chats about the press and her own poetry and fiction writing here.





FLASH FICTIONAL FESTIVAL

We're absolutely delighted that this year's Flash Fiction Festival at Trinity College, Bristol from July 20-22 will feature a V. Press showcase.

The showcase on Sunday, July 22, will feature readings from this year's V. Press titles: There's Something Macrocosmic About All of This by Santino Prinzi and Michael Loveday's flash fiction novella Three Men on the Edge.

V. Press editor Sarah Leavesley presents 'A Flash Guide to V. Press' over on the festival blog here, where you can also find out more about the festival and book tickets.

THREE MEN ON THE EDGE
Talking of flash fiction and launches...V. Press is also very very delighted to have opened pre-orders for Michael Loveday's flash fiction novella Three Men on the Edge.

More about the title and some sample flash fictions can be enjoyed here.







SUBMISSIONS

Finally...for now! We're also delighted to give advance notice of our 2018 new submissions windows.  This year V. Press will have three different submissions windows: poetry (April/May), flash fiction (July) and guest editors (April). Full submissions guidelines and details can be found here, please do read and follow them carefully. Thank you.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Ted Hughes Award Shortlisting (& Submissions)

V. Press is very very pleased to share the news that Antony Owen's The Nagasaki Elder has been shortlisted for the 2017 Ted Hughes Award, judged by Gillian Allnutt, Sally Beamish and Lemn Sissay.

The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets to our cultural life. The £5,000 prize is donated by Carol Ann Duffy, funded from the annual honorarium the Poet Laureate traditionally receives from HM The Queen.

This year's award shortlist of seven poets/works features:

Jay Bernard for Surge: Side A (Speaking Volumes)
Caroline Bird for In These Days of Prohibition (Carcanet)
Kayo Chingonyi for Kumukanda (Chatto)
Inua Ellams for #afterhours (Nine Arches Press)
Matthew Francis for The Mabinogi (Faber & Faber)
Antony Owen for The Nagasaki Elder (V Press)
Greta Stoddart for Who’s There? (BBC)

Antony Owen's work is described by The Poetry Society as: 'A harrowing collection responding to a journey through bombed cities of Japan and drawing on accounts of survivors.
From the judges: “shocking to read, but at the same time strangely beautiful and gentle... relevant to our times, hardhitting, and brilliantly written”.'

V. Press's very very big congratulations to Antony for his shortlisting in this important award. The winner will be announced at the Ted Hughes Award & National Poetry Competition awards ceremony held this year on 28th March 2018.

More information about the award can be found on The Poetry Society website here, along with a sample poem from The Nagasaki Elder.

For a different sample poem, to find out more about The Nagasaki Elder or order a copy of the collection, please follow this link.

SUBMISSIONS NEWS

To celebrate Antony's success, we're also delighted to give advance notice of our 2018 new submissions windows.  This year V. Press will have three different submissions windows: poetry (April/May), flash fiction (July) and guest editors (April). Full submissions guidelines and details can be found here, please do read and follow them carefully. Thank you.