Ryan Van Winkle wins Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year

We are completely thrilled to announce that Ryan Van Winkle has won the Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year for his atmospheric collection The Good Dark. Published in April 2015, The Good Dark includes poems from Ryan’s one-on-one poetry show Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel, one of the best-rated shows at Edinburgh [...]

Announcing our Christmas Sale 2015

We are delighted to announce this year’s Penned in the Margins Christmas Sale with up to 50% off all books. We’ve even made our own Christmas advert (move over, John Lewis). Enjoy the video, then treat that special someone, or plan your Christmas reading, in our online shop. _ Half price hardbacks Buy a selection [...]

Ryan Van Winkle Shortlisted for the Saltire Society Literary Awards

Congratulations to Ryan Van Winkle, whose second collection The Good Dark has been shortlisted for the Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year 2015. Scotland’s most prestigious annual book awards, the Saltire Literary Awards celebrate and support literary and academic excellence across six distinct categories: First Book of the Year, History Book of the Year, [...]

“Although I set out to write a different book, I am glad this one got written” – Emma Hammond on poetry and The Story of No

It was my intention to write a book that got away from the confessional, to be one of those poets that does interesting work around data and process. In the initial meeting with Tom (Chivers) I spoke about wanting to transcend my kookiness- whatever that means. Why should people care about all that? Personality driven [...]

The EVP Sessions: Call-out for performance proposals

Penned in the Margins and Mercy are commissioning a programme of new experimental work for The EVP Sessions at Shoreditch Town Hall on Saturday 14 November. We are inviting responses to the theme of Electronic Voice Phenomena: technology, haunting and the voice. We welcome submissions from all live artforms, including performance, music, video, glitch art, [...]