Penned in the Margins acquires ‘exhilarating’ poetry debut by former pro-skateboarder Olly Todd

Blog / Kate Wilkinson

Independent publisher Penned in the Margins has acquired Out for Air from former professional skateboarder Olly Todd.

Out for Air is Todd’s first full collection of poetry following his pamphlet Odeum Spotlights (Rough Trade Books, 2018) which was longlisted for the Michael Marks Awards. Publication is scheduled for April 2022.

Director of Penned in the Margins, Tom Chivers, says, ‘Reading Olly Todd’s poems is an exhilarating experience; expansive in scope but intricate in form, together they record a life lived on the move, in motion, on the cusp of things. Often darkly funny and always surprising, Olly’s poems range from Manhattan’s ‘silky streets’ and the Pacific Coast Highway to his native Cumbria, reflecting movingly on love, friendship, family and the city. He writes with a skateboarder’s eye for architectural detail, gradient and balance, the liberation of flight.’

World rights were acquired directly from the author.

Olly Todd is a retired pro-skater living in London with his girlfriend and their daughter. His poems have appeared in Ambit, The Rialto, Vice, Prototype, Five Dials and the Clinic anthologies. His pamphlet, Odeum Spotlights (Rough Trade Books, 2018), was longlisted for the Michael Marks Awards.

Penned in the Margins creates publications and performances for people who are not afraid to take risks. From small beginnings as a reading series in a converted railway arch in south London, Penned in the Margins has grown over the last decade into a respected, award-winning literary arts company producing new work live, in print and online. Their books have won or been shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Award, Griffin Poetry Prize, TS Eliot Prize, Costa Poetry Award, Gordon Burn Prize and the International Dylan Thomas Prize. In 2017 they were shortlisted for the inaugural Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers.

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