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Beyond the Monkey Puzzle to the Tree of Heaven: Chris McCabe on writing Cenotaph South

The process of writing Cenotaph South could be visualised more as a growing tangle of underground rootstalks than a crescent arc from its conception to end. I began with an objective plan – to write a book about the dead poets of Nunhead Cemetery – and ended in a creative frenzy akin to Robert Graves’s [...]

Penned in the Margins shortlisted for Clarissa Luard Award


Cenotaph South: Mapping the Lost Poets of Nunhead Cemetery (Paperback)

Step through the iron gates of one of London’s most spectacular Victorian cemeteries on the hunt for the lost poets of Nunhead.

Melissa Lee-Houghton wins Somerset Maugham Award


Two Penned in the Margins Titles on Inaugural Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize

We are delighted to announce two Penned in the Margins books have been shortlisted for the inaugural Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize, the UK’s only prize for second collections. Both John McCullough’s Spacecraft and Emma Hammond’s The Story of No have been named as part of a six-strong list of contenders for the £5000 award. The new biennial [...]