Better late than never, we’re proud to launch another packed programme of events and books, with cover artwork from the wonderful Leah Fusco.
Firing sound effects, manning the Instagram account, keeping the office blackboard fresh with new poems… These are just some of the things I get up to in my role as Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Penned in the Margins. Since my arrival in May 2015, I’ve found myself working on all areas of the business, on projects that span theatre, publishing and live literature. In my first week I was even called into duty to accept the Most Innovative Publisher gong at the Saboteur Awards, due to the director’s involvement in a freak go-karting accident…
However varied my days get, I find myself returning to the poetry I first fell for as an admirer of Penned in the Margins. I am hugely excited to be involved in publishing new work from two of those writers – Melissa Lee-Houghton and Claire Trévien – in 2016. Adding to that a foray into play-texts with Luke Wright’s award-winning epic poem What I Learned from Johnny Bevan (easily the best thing I saw at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival); a remarkable debut from Charlotte Newman; a second book from Polari Prize-winner John McCullough; and a long-awaited new collection from one of my favourite poets of all time, Luke Kennard [below] – this 2016 poetry list is one I’m looking forward to with huge anticipation.
In non-fiction, we’re rifling through the dark histories of the South Downs with Justin Hopper in The Old Weird Albion; and wandering among the gravestones of Nunhead Cemetery with Chris McCabe in Cenotaph South.
I’m eagerly awaiting our longest ever London run with Hannah Silva’s Schlock! at the Rosemary Branch Theatre in November; Hannah’s innovative performance is followed by provocative panel discussions on everything from feminism to d/Deaf art. We’re commissioning some incredible artists including Tom McCarthy, Aisha Devi [below] and Inua Ellams to perform new work for The EVP Sessions – a series of shows in Liverpool and London this Autumn, in partnership with our good friends at Mercy. And. finally, we give you a taster of the ambitious productions we’re planning for 2017.
I hope you find something in the following pages that you want to embrace, talk about or rally against. I’d love to hear any thoughts or feedback you have, so drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet us @PennedintheM.
Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator