Blog archive for 2011



Gemma Seltzer’s New Year’s Resolutions

Gemma Seltzer

I resolve to make this my finest year yet. I vow to learn the lessons of the previous year. I will eat less cake, write more stories, leave Facebook alone, be courageous, visit sun-filled landscapes and master the headstand. I have always made New Year’s resolutions. When I was 10, I made a long list [...]



25% off all books in our Christmas Sale!

Christmas Sale

Give your friends and family poetry books this Christmas with 25% off all our titles. Prices start at just £5.24. Only available in our online bookshop.



Riot Acts – reviews of a night of riot response at Rich Mix

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Read reviews and view photos and video from Riot Acts at Rich Mix – our sold-out night of scratch performances in response to the August riots by Luke Wright & Zara Hayes, Greg McLaren, The Hurly Burly & Circus Kinetica, and Sophie Woolley.



Richmix and Penned in the Margins present four new works written in response to the August riots

A night of new work in development, all written in response to the August riots. Featuring stand-up poet Luke Wright, performance artist Greg McLaren, writer and actor Sophie Woolley, and theatre collectives The Hurly Burly and Circus Kinetica.



Beware Greeks bearing discounted poetry

The monster rears from the river has swum upstream for years to get here in its Sunday best seeking employment – ‘Static Exile’ A jarhead Heraklis smokes – ‘from Parchment, Scalpel, Rock’ Greece is in crisis, teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and an inglorious exit from the Eurozone. And so, in a move of [...]



A few words with Siddhartha Bose

Siddhartha Bose performs Kalagora at the Rosemary Branch Theatre in Hackney/Islington as part of Branching Out Festival on Tuesday 8 November. Tickets £6/5. Full details and booking. _ Sid, you’ve recently returned from a month-long run of your spoken word theatre piece Kalagora at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. How was your first Edinburgh? It was a [...]



Monkey brains, giant boulders and tomb-raiding Nazis

Some time in early 2011, four poetic tweeters @juliamarybird @msamykey @chrissywilliams & @thisisyogic (me) got all excited throwing obscure Indiana Jones references around the etherverse. What began as an afternoon’s online distraction has now morphed into one of the strangest live literature events you will ever come across. You Call Him Dr Jones! is our [...]



Ross Sutherland launches Street Fighter sonnets on National Poetry Day

Hyakyretsu Kyaku

Today, Thursday 6 October, is National Poetry Day and in response to this year’s theme of Games, the mercurial poet, performer and filmmaker Ross Sutherland is launching his new sonnet sequence Hyakuretsu Kyaku as a free digital download. Ross has playfully recast the characters from cult video game Street Fighter 2 as “twelve heroes that [...]



Report from Free Verse Book Fair

    Report from PITM Director Tom Chivers: I’ve just returned from a packed and buzzing Exmouth Market Hall for Free Verse, the poetry book fair organised by Charles Boyle of CB Editions with help from the ever-energetic Chrissy Williams and Anna-Mae Selby. Penned in the Margins gathered with over twenty poetry publishers and small presses [...]



The Fundamentals of Typography

Books designed for us by the marvellous folk at Mercy have been featured in the second edition of  The Fundamentals of Typography ed. Gavin Ambrose & Paul Harris (AVA Publishing). It’s a real honour.  



Riot Acts: Call for Proposals

Are you a performer, theatre maker, playwright, writer, poet or live artist? Riot Acts is seeking proposals for new live/performance work in response to the August riots in London and across cities in England. We will select three ideas to be presented as scratch performances on Saturday 19 November at Rich Mix in East London. [...]



Recent reviews of Stress Fractures, The Method and City State

The latest issue of Horizon Review includes Charlotte Newman’s thoughtful and even-handed review of Stress Fractures: Essays on Poetry: This book presents a thoroughly modern take on how we read poetry, how we hear poetry in other media, and how other media present poetry Luke Kennard‘s essay is “schizo-logical” and “slightly laddish” (!), Ross Sutherland [...]



Penned in the Margins at Two Autumn Book Fairs

We will be selling our wares at two book fairs in London and Birmingham this Autumn. Bring your wallet and an open mind. Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair Saturday 24 September, 10am-5pm Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE A celebration of independent publishing, organised by CBe: 22 poetry presses – from Arc to zimZalla through [...]



“A one-man tour-de-force” – Kalagora hits Edinburgh Fringe

Our spoken word theatre show Kalagora is half-way through its Edinburgh Fringe run, and has picked up a five-star review from Broadway Baby. “This play is stunning in its simplicity and endeavour. A beautifully-worded monologue about the clash of civilisations, the changing sands of time and one man’s place in it all. Kalagora is a [...]



Dear Telepath, a poem from the pen of Ross Sutherland

‘Nude XI (Dear Telepath)’ by Ross Sutherland – from his limited edition mini-book Twelve Nudes (only 40 copies left!) Animation by Line & a Dot



Guerilla Seltzer

Today new Penned author Gemma Seltzer released five copies of her brilliant debut short fiction book Speak to Strangers into the wild at locations all over London. Here she is handing out ‘promotional scrolls’ (each containing a unique hundred-word story) to strangers at Spitalfields Market. And here it is  – Speak to Strangers, weather-proofed, tagged, [...]



Speak to Strangers Book Drop!

A new book of short fiction, documenting one hundred days of interaction in a city full of strangers, launches today (1 July) with a series of guerilla-style ‘book drops’ around London. Speak to Strangers is the brainchild of 29 year-old writer and literary blogger Gemma Seltzer. It’s a funny, provocative and elegant series of one [...]



A Sonnet for the Royal Wedding

A mug, a plate, their mugs on mugs placate their thugs, the bugs who fornicate and try their drugs; the State’s dough released to circulate so young love’s terror is to fructify. One distorted face shan’t placate lust’s will nor void the ills of rabid republicans; the public, loudly cheering, foot the bill. The breaking [...]



Beautiful Books

Chris McCabe’s Shad Thames, Broken Wharf is featured in an article by urban cultural bible Time Out entitled The most beautiful books in the land. This mini-book is published in a limited edition of 200. Each copy is signed and contained within a hand-stamped, numbered cardboard box, alongside a unique object mudlarked from the Thames. Some other recent [...]