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“Crafting language always involves crafting spaces” – John McCullough dissects his new collection Spacecraft

Spacecraft came about when I realized I’d written quite a number of poems exploring ideas of emptiness and absence. Partly these arose through the loss of several people close to me, but some arrived also from an interest in Zen Buddhism and I’ve long been inspired by writers like D.A. Powell and Lee Harwood who [...]

Claire Trévien on why inspiration needs a warmer filter

A dreaded question that many poets will be confronted with is ‘how do you find your inspiration?’ You want to answer something glamorous like ‘on the edge of a cliff’ or ‘the top of a mast’ – but the truth is your fingers quickly get frozen or you’re too busy avoiding the dive of a [...]

“Why was there this fence, a symbol of territory and separation, in this unlikely place?” – Tim Cresswell on Svalbard and poetry

I never expected to write poems based on my visit to Svalbard in 2011. I was lucky enough to be invited on board the boat, the Noorderlicht, along with the artist Alex Hartley and a motley crew of writers, thinkers and creators as part of his nowhereisland project. He had been funded by the Arts [...]

Claire Trévien maps the edges where landscape, memory and digital interweave

Machrie Moor Standing Stones, Photo by Visit Scotland

Astéronyme, n. (French). A sequence of asterisks used to hide a name of password. With her debut collection longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and a national theatre tour under her belt before the age of 30, Claire Trévien is undoubtedly one of the rising stars of British poetry. Playful, beautifully curious and linguistically [...]

Announcing our 2016 publishing list

Luke Wright

Here we are at the start of another year at Penned in the Margins. 2016 will feature new books from some of our best-known writers, a non-fiction first on landscape & Englishness, a literary criticism sequel and an experimental poetry debut. So, without further ado, here is the low-down on those books coming out of [...]