Blog archive for 2012



Out now: NOT AN ESSAY

We see out 2012 with the publication of Heather Phillipson’s NOT AN ESSAY.

NOT AN ESSAY is an experimental text that detours through nightclub, the city graveyard, changing rooms, an overheated swimming pool, free jazz, public toilets, and the in-house cinema. Part of our series of limited edition mini-books. Published as a white fabric hardback with gold foils and pink endpapers, priced £12.99.



Christmas Sale 2012

Fill those stockings and bring a smile – or a raised eyebrow – to your bookish friends with 20% off all books in the Penned in the Margins 2012 Christmas Sale.

Choose from over twenty-five titles, ranging from individual collections of poetry to anthologies and criticism, including our newest anthology Where Rockets Burn Through. Until 21 December 2012.



Poetry that blasts into the future and across distant galaxies

Where Rockets Burn Through

On 15 November, independent literary press Penned in the Margins launches the much-anticipated anthology Where Rockets Burn Through: Contemporary Science Fiction Poems from the UK. The poems in Where Rockets Burn Through blast into the future, across alien worlds and distant galaxies, exploring fantastic technologies and imagining potential threats to humanity. The editor Russell Jones, [...]



National Poetry Day Sale

Selected titles are five pounds only

Today (Thursday 4 October) is National Poetry Day. To celebrate we’re cutting prices on eight of our best titles – from the bumper anthology of London poetry City State to acclaimed debut collections by James Wilkes, Stephanie Leal, and more.

All these books are just FIVE POUNDS each.

So get stuck in.



A sci-fi poem for National Poetry Day

space chaplain by James McGonigal ~ through the northern lights my eye caught beams of bright and dark like the crown of horny rays the sun makes from a silvered cloud —                               though luminous these did not dim the clearness of our target in the Bear                                                   but rose radiating slightly out from the earth line [...]



Perceptions Altered! Master the Art of Being Alive!

Follow precocious students and technologists Hatsuka and Max into the mindbending universe of the Holophin, 2031′s must-have gadget.

This hallucinatory and darkly funny sci-fi mystery is the debut novella by acclaimed poet Luke Kennard, a refracted meditation on identity, technology and the imagination. Order now while stocks last.



Ross Sutherland on Science Fiction, Brasseye and the London riots

Nick Murray talks to acclaimed poet and performer Ross Sutherland about his latest collection Emergency Window, and finds out why writing poetry can be like smashing through a maze of mirrors.



Adventures in Form receives a PBS Special Commendation

Adventures in Form

I’m delighted to say that our recent bumper publication, Adventures in Form: A Compendium of New Poetic Forms, Rules & Constraints has received a Special Commendation from the Poetry Book Society. In their Summer bulletin, published today, the PBS describe the book as ‘an anthology that sparkles and intrigues’… ‘Adventures in Form raises fundamental questions, [...]



Austerities: Listen back to Sam Riviere

“Sam Riviere is trying to find a way of being authentic about this inauthenticity. At Toynbee Studios, he recites a poem that reads like a shipping forecast of literary criticism. Comprised of a tutor’s one line comment on each poem – good, okay, we’ve heard this idea before, nice rhythm - it reveals the work lurking [...]



Dark Secrets of the Universe by Steve Spence

A poem from Steve Spence’s 2011 collection Limits of Control



Every Rendition on a Broken Machine

What do JG Ballard and 90s teen star Clarissa have in common? They’re both subject to Ross Sutherland’s investigation into poetry, technology and the modern imagination, Every Rendition on a Broken Machine.

Originally published as an essay in our anthology Stress Fractures: Essays on Poetry, you can now watch Ross’s hilarious and beautifully constructed documentary online right here.