Blog archive for 2014



The 2014 Year Review

Hello and welcome to the Penned in the Margins 2014 year review. This is our chance to look back on what has been a big year for this small company, with more productions than ever before and some very exciting news for the future. We started the year deep in the back office, preparing for [...]



Judging a book by its cover: an interview with Ben Anslow

Book jackets designed by Ben Anslow

The adage goes ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ – though if you did, you’d think that any tome wrapped in one of Ben Anslow’s covers was a masterwork. Early this year, Ben joined the Penned in the Margins team as go-to cover designer. Having previously produced striking images for publishing companies such as [...]



Ross Sutherland shortlisted for major spoken word award

Ross Sutherland

We could not be more delighted for our dear friend Ross Sutherland, who has been shortlisted for an Arts Foundation Fellowship. Ross is an Associate Artist of Penned in the Margins, having published four books of poetry with us since 2009, as well as being involved in many of our events and performance projects, including [...]



New titles Autumn-Winter 2014

It’s not all dark evenings and surprise showers this autumn. November also marks the start of our latest season of publications, which are all perfect reading while sheltering from the billowy night. How authors celebrate their books is often varied and unexpected. Just take a look at the photograph above to see how our very [...]



Cut and splice: Hannah Silva sifts through the schlock of language

From politics (Opposition) to pseudo-science (Total Man), Hannah Silva has a track-record of confronting big ideas and revealing the corruption of speech through her unique performances. In her new show, Hannah takes on feminism and the sexualised body. Nick Murray finds out more.   ‘Schlock’ is typically used to describe something worthless, throw-away. Why pick [...]



The Word Moves: four cutting-edge live literature shows hit the road this Autumn

From Vikings sagas to Breton myth, and from Sanskrit chants to a radically altered Fifty Shades of Grey – this Autumn audiences across England are in for a treat (and many surprises) as four cutting-edge live literature shows hit the road.   Caroline Bergvall: Drift 2-7 Oct After a rapturous reception at the Southbank Centre [...]



Announcing the Autumn/Winter 2014 Programme

‘Great literature, ’ Ezra Pound said, ‘is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.’ As we draw close to a particular special date, I have been looking back at what makes ‘great literature.’ Perhaps, as Pound puts it so succinctly, it is forming something that gives the reader the joy of peeling [...]



Who will read me when I’m dead? Chris McCabe ventures beyond the cemetery gates to find out

In the Catacombs is the first instalment in a grand project to map the Magnificent Seven cemeteries of London in search of the unsung poets of the past. Nick Murray interviews its author Chris McCabe. In this first book you play literary detective in exploring West Norwood Cemetery. What is it you were trying to [...]



SALE: Ten Years for a Tenner

Two books for a tenner!
Offers end 5 September



Penned in the Margins selected to join the Arts Council’s National Portfolio

We received some thrilling news this morning. Arts Council England has announced its latest three-year funding decisions, and Penned in the Margins has been selected to join its National Portfolio. We will receive a total of £135,000 over three years to support our ambitious, cutting-edge programmes of books, literary events and cross-artform productions. Our model [...]



Claire Trévien to tour stage version of her Guardian First Book Award longlisted poetry collection

Photograph by Bristi Chowdhury

Rising literary star Claire Trévien was longlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award with her poetry collection The Shipwrecked House after winning the public vote. Now the twenty-eight year-old writer and performer is working with Penned in the Margins to transform her spellbinding poems for the stage. Inspired by maritime tales, Trévien’s poems have [...]



Tour dates for Caroline Bergvall: Drift announced

A remarkable new performance work is hitting the UK in 2014



Ten things you didn’t know about death rituals



Total Man by Hannah Silva on shortlist for prestigious Ted Hughes Award



Introduction to My Love (A Valentine’s Day Poem)

This is an interdisciplinary thesis about the role of my love for you — how it manifests itself, and how it is employed to communicate socio-political meanings. I argue that my love drew inspiration from the theatrical stage to effectively communicate its messages. In particular, I am interested in the unofficial stages: the unpublished or [...]



Announcing the Spring/Summer 2014 programme



The Penned Podcast: Poetry and Performance

Listen to Hannah Silva, Siddhartha Bose & SJ Fowler in discussion