Blog archive for 2015

It’s been quite a year for Penned in the Margins. Eight new publications, three prize shortlistings (and one win!), and over 35 live shows from Mumbai to Manchester, and from Bournemouth to Brazil.

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

Dagestan is a thrilling new play by poet and martial artist SJ Fowler, set in the shadowy world of global security. Enter the minds of private military contractors to uncover a culture of violence, gallows humour and moral uncertainty. Meet our four actors: _ Robin Berry (Chamberlain) Robin is a graduate of East 15 School […]


Moving through its poems, one experiences something of the doubling dissimulation of northern light: a fierce clarity of vision, combined with an awareness of things being uncannily off-scale and out of kilter.    ROBERT MACFARLANE Fence is an epic of fragments set in the vast, frozen Svalbard islands in the High Arctic. At once beautiful and […]

It’s the last of our two-month-long series of special offers, and there’s just time for one final blow out on the road with some of the Penned in the Margins boys. Put your affairs in order, pack light, embrace the dark and stick the key in the ignition. We’ve guides to growing, living and thriving […]

If it’s a spot of reminiscing you enjoy in your down-time, this set of books is exactly the one for you. Stories of comings and goings in Denmark, of half-remembered lives in Lancashire and of poets beyond the grave in South London, these will be some new favourite literary places you’ll want to visit again […]

Due to overwhelming interest, this call for actors is now CLOSED. We are on the lookout for actors to work with us on a scratch performance this Autumn. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the early development of an innovative new work. Dagestan is an thrilling play by poet and martial artist […]

As Ryan Van Winkle embarks on a reading at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and a tour of Australia this August, we chat performance, inspirations and Scotland with the author of The Good Dark. Catch Ryan reading with Jonathan Edwards in Edinburgh on 21 August   The Good Dark collects together poems that were originally performed […]

A debut novel set across three generations of a Birmingham family has fought off competition from literary heavyweights Hilary Mantel and Martin Amis to appear on the shortlist for the Gordon Burn Prize 2015. Dubbed ‘the Great Birmingham Novel’ by Gary Perry of Foyle’s, Midland tells the story of three young women across different generations […]

If you’re up for getting your feet wet mudlarking, feeling the grass between your toes or strapping on your walking boots to scale reimagined mountains, we’ve the perfect accompaniment for your rambling with some of Penned in the Margins’ most unique titles at 40% discount. Naturally, you should take a look. Mount London  eds Tom […]

As Penned in the Margins events start to get bigger and better, we need all hands on deck and would love to hear from anyone interested in volunteering their time. With launch events and tour dates often needing a little extra help to run smoothly, you could be doing anything from staffing the books stand […]

Journey into history, cyberspace and yourself in our three literary escapes this summer. Travel back through Penned in the Margins history with two daring and expansive poetry collections and lose your head in our most recently published novella. Perfect summer reading at huge discounts. The Lost Art of Sinking  by Naomi Booth Was £12.99   […]


This week’s package deal encourages you to show your wild side with books that aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of form or charge headlong into bold and challenging subject matters. Featuring some of our best reviewed and most successful books from three artists at the top of their games, this is risk-taking writing available at […]

Can we tempt you with some all-inclusive offerings from the summer sale? Get the full package with a selection of essays on poetry, gorge on our best selling anthology and sample a cocktail of poems and texts celebrating the first ten years of Penned in the Margins. All with 40% off. Fill your boots. Stress […]

If you’re foregoing the coast for cobbled streets, café culture and sunlight reflected from office blocks, our City Breaks package is just the one for you. Navigate your way through apocalyptic backstreets and bass-lines, rebuild the second city from its post-war rubble and rediscover London through the eyes of some of the capital’s youngest and brightest […]

In the first of our holiday reading deals we feature those perfect books to enjoy on your travels in this galaxy and the next. Get hot under the collar with a Guardian First Book-shortlisted collection, a beautiful hardback of our upcoming touring show and an anthology that fires you into the future. The Shipwrecked House  […]

Sunspots is a poetic, musical, and visual journey through the life of the Sun

Touring 2015-16

The Lost Art of Sinking A beautiful and haunting journey … exquisitely written, evoking, sensual and all encompassing – once I started to read I didn’t stop. Arabella Fawley, Jade the Obscure Utterly fantastic! Anna Roberts, Books for the Trees Rich, layered and so utterly stunning. Eleanor Baggley, Lit Nerd Giddy heights of research translate […]

  The Good Dark is a book about secrets and mysteries. Do you have any secrets you would like to share with us today? Ah, secrets – well, I don’t like chocolate ice-cream & my knee hurts because I cycled into a parked car last week but I guess any other secrets will be revealed in […]

We could not be more thrilled to announce that Midland by Honor Gavin has been longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2015, alongside literary superstars Martin Amis and Hilary Mantel.


It’s been hard to keep this news to ourselves, but today we can finally announce that, yes, we have signed a contract with Beyoncé Knowles to publish her first book of poems. Titled simply Poems, the collection will include both original, never-before-published poetry and song lyrics from Beyoncé’s back catalogue such as ‘Single Ladies (Put […]

Poet and sun-worshipper Simon Barraclough with some important advice regarding Friday’s partial solar eclipse

A small independent publisher and performing arts company is seeking a part-time (2 1/2 days a week) Sales & Marketing Coordinator.

This is the chance to join a dynamic arts company at an exciting moment in its development. From its beginnings as a reading series in a converted railway arch in south London, Penned in the Margins has grown over the last decade to be a respected literary producer of new work live, in print and online. This unique blend of publishing and performance characterises its distinctive model in the cultural landscape. From 2015 Penned in the Margins joins the Arts Council’s National Portfolio, with a busy programme of books, events and touring productions.

An exciting new literary salon arrives in the capital in 2015, offering Londoners the opportunity to hear their favourite writers and be part of a growing trend in book readings with a difference. Produced by award-winning arts producer Penned in the Margins, London Quarterly will feature celebrated novelists, cult poets and rising stars of the […]

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