Blog archive for 2009



Favourite Poetry Collections of 2009

We’re totally delighted to see some Penned in the Margins titles nominated as ‘favourite poetry collections of 2009′ on Peony Moon’s mega five-part blog list. Inua Ellams has chosen City State: New London Poetry and Things To Do Before You Leave Town David Floyd has chosen Charismatic Megafauna Ross Sutherland has chosen Weather A System Chris [...]



Oulipo!

On Thursday 19 November at 11.30am BBC Radio 4 will broadcast Oulipo – a programme presented by Ben Schott that explores the mysterious world of the experimental French writing group. And lo and behold, our very own Messieurs Clare, Dunthorne et Sutherland make an appearance, discussing their Oulipo-inspired live literature show Found in Translation. Expect plenty [...]



A Sunday well spent with James Wilkes and George Ttoouli

Liven up your Winter this Sunday 8th of November and mosey on down to The Slaughtered Lamb in Farringdon, where Penned in the Margins will be launching two exciting new titles- Weather A System by James Wilkes and Static Exile by George Ttoouli, with warm support from Simon Turner and Holly Pester. Static Exile is [...]



Sarah Hesketh in Paris

Here’s Penned in the Margins author Sarah Hesketh snapped reading at Shakespeare & Co. bookshop in Paris, haunt of many a famous writer including James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Sarah read from her debut collection, Napoleon’s Travelling Bookshelf, which was Highly Commended by the Forward Prize and described by The Poetry Book Society as [...]



Pulsing anaphora: Adsit on Caddy

Janelle Adsit reviews David Caddy’s Man in Black in Pedestal Magazine: Caddy has provided another important contribution to ecological literature. It is clear that Dorset is the portion of earth for which Caddy feels responsible. And Caddy speaks for it confidently, with pulsing anaphora, watchful litanies, and studied allusions. Read the full review here.



Ecstasy of Location

Poet-critic-blogger Simon Turner has turned his eye towards our anthology of London poetry City State in the latest issue of print mag Under the Radar. Performance poets are wedged side by side with the new crop of post-langpo practitioners and sculptors of sound; formalism and new narrative jostle for position with cut-ups, found poems and the [...]



Experiment to Determine the Existence of Love

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video    Another gem from Ross Sutherland’s Things To Do Before You Leave Town



Laura Dockrill & Luke Kennard

On Thursday 22 October, Penned in the Margins presents… Luke Kennard & Laura Dockrill at Aubin & Wills, 188 Westbourne Grove    Penned in the Margins makes its second foray into West London for our new series of intimate poetry readings at quality clothing outfitters Aubin & Wills. This event is free but there is very limited capacity [...]



Highly Commended

Some excellent news, dear readers, which firmly establishes Penned in the Margins as one of the UK’s hottest up-and-coming poetry presses…    Two of our current authors, Sarah Hesketh and Tamsin Kendrick, have been Highly Commended by The Forward Prize judges. The Forward Prize is Britain’s foremost poetry award and it’s great news that Sarah and Tamsin [...]



Two poems by Tamsin Kendrick

    Two poems by Tamsin Kendrick (above, photographed at Latitude Festival by Alex Williamson) appear on the excellent lit-blog Peony Moon. Both are taken from her debut collection Charismatic Megafauna, which is available to buy online at just £6.99.



Tears in the Fence celebrates its 50th issue in style

Tears in the Fence, the international literary magazine edited since 1984 by Dorset-based poet and critic David Caddy (below), is celebrating 50 issues this year with a bumper new edition and a jam-packed launch event in London’s East End.       This bumper anniversary edition is a literary feast that cuts across generations and continents, [...]



Snapshot from a moving bus

The latest issue of our favourite literary magazine Pen Pusher contains a review by Helen Mort of our anthology City State: New London Poetry. This is the verdict: City State is [a] journey across the metropolis in rush hour: a journey that by turns bewilders, delights and throws up unpalatable truths. The anthology showcases a real [...]



Glittering with specificity

  Sophie Mayer reviews Napoleon’s Travelling Bookshelf: Sarah Hesketh’s Napoleon’s Travelling Bookshelf [...] is full of curiosity as to how we catalogue, carry and discard our lives. The title poem finds Napoleon reading amidst Russian wastes, and others draw out similar moments of intense introspection and awareness against dramatic backgrounds: a mentally-ill woman struck by the [...]



Two new titles out now!

Metrophobia    Stephanie Leal £7.99, 64pp   From urban sketches of London and warped love poems to a paean to the Boston Tea Party and a letter to an American in Afghanistan, Metrophobia establishes a poetry that is inventive, quirky and packed with humour.   “A searching and resourceful imagination is at work here, seeking [...]



And here it is… Lewis does Sutherland

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video   Things To Do Before You Leave Town by Ross Sutherland Read by Damien Lewis for BBC Newsnight Review   And here is the animated version by the man himself, plus some footage in front of a dartboard:   You need to a flashplayer [...]



Newsnight Poetry Special

As part of the BBC Poetry Season, Newsnight Review are screening a poetry special tonight, Friday 29th May at 11pm on BBC2. The show features Simon Armitage, Luke Wright, Scroobius Pip, Chris McCabe, Clare Pollard and others - as well as a poem by our very own Ross Sutherland, from his debut collection Things To Do Before [...]



A Brief History of Combat Simulation

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video    Our dear friend Ross Sutherland has outdone himself again with this menacing piece of retro-futurism, a back-mutated urban prophesy, if you will.   Ross has also been presenting previews of his new show, The Three Stigmata of Pacman, in London and Brighton. [...]



Our latest publication – City State: New London Poetry

  STOP PRESS…   Our latest publication has arrived back from the printers and will be available to buy online from 20 May. City State: New London Poetry features twenty-seven (that’s right) of the capital’s most exciting poets between the ages of 16 and 36 – a new generation, if you will, but without the perfunctory [...]



Introducing Interior Traces, an innovative radio drama and performance project

   When the first neurologists started mapping the brain’s functions, they profoundly changed our understanding of its relation to the mind. Today, imaging technologies allow us to observe the structures of the living brain in incredible detail, whilst the future promises an ever-greater appreciation of how our brain, environment, and genes interact to produce behaviour [...]



Wilfred Owen and the Pussycat Dolls?

   Anna Woodford has reviewed Tamsin Kendrick’s Charismatic Megafauna for the latest issue of celebrated women’s literary magazine Mslexia, praising the collection for its ‘playfulness’ as well as Tamsin’s invocation of ‘Wilfred Owen and the Pussycat Dolls’ in the same poem. (We agree. It’s ace.)    Charismatic Megafauna is available to buy online – a credit-crunch-crunching bargain [...]



London Word Festival Returns

Yes, that’s right – London’s only alternative literate-arts festival is back. A hot lineup boasts the likes of Iain Sinclair, Bishi, Robin Ince and Phill Jupitus, as well as nights devoted to all things Web 2.0 and what Shakespeare would write if he lived in Shoreditch today (God forbid). The Festival runs from 7 to 25 March in nine East End [...]



Some gentle website DIY

   We won’t baffle you with the science (HTML, PHP, CSS – no, not the Brazilians), but just to let you know we’ve been burning the midnight oils at Penned in the Margins HQ to get our uber-crisp, uber-clean website up-and-running. If you spot any obvious glitches, do let us know by sticking a comment on this post. We’ll [...]