Penned to publish Heavy Time by Sonia Overall and Feral City by Meryl Pugh

Blog | Published on August 26, 2020

Independent literary publisher Penned in the Margins has acquired two non-fiction titles re-imagining pilgrimage and the urban pastoral.

In Heavy Time academic, writer and psychogeographer Sonia Overall examines what pilgrimage can mean to the secular walker as she journeys from Canterbury to Walsingham, via her home town of Ely. Overall treads the line between creative inspiration and spiritual intervention, taking the path of the lone woman and looking for relics, real and figurative, along the way. Heavy Time will be published in June 2021.


Set in the urban pastoral of an east London postcode, Feral City by Meryl Pugh asks what it means to be local and to call a place home, and how best to share that home with its non-human inhabitants. It re-imagines the wild as the ‘feral’, recasts the city as pastoral retreat and argues for the feral status of poetry as a home for ways of thinking and being that resist social and other taxonomies. Using the pastoral to critique the rigours of contemporary urban life, Pugh champions the value of being local. Feral City will be published in spring 2022.


Publisher Tom Chivers says, “Sonia Overall and Meryl Pugh both approach their subjects in a hybrid form, weaving together memoir, nature writing and poetry in unexpected ways. The acquisition of these two brilliant titles extends our commitment to publishing literary non-fiction that explores walking, the natural world and our contested place within it.”

Sonia Overall is a writer, psychogeographer and Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she runs the MA in Creative Writing. Her publications include the novels A Likeness and The Realm of Shells, and the poetry collection The Art of Walking. She is the founder of the Women Who Walk network of walking artists and academics, and an occasional musician, mummer and puppeteer.

Meryl Pugh teaches for the Poetry School and lives in East London. She is the author of three pamphlets; The Bridle (Salt Publishing, 2011), Relinquish (Arrowhead, 2007) and Wife of Osiris (Verve Poetry Press, forthcoming). Her first collection, Natural Phenomena (2018), was a Poetry Book Society Spring Guest Choice and longlisted for the inaugural Laurel Prize 2020.

Penned in the Margins creates publications and performances for people who are not afraid to take risks. From small beginnings as a reading series in a converted railway arch in south London, Penned in the Margins has grown over the last decade into a respected, award-winning literary arts company producing new work live, in print and online. Their books have been shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Award, TS Eliot Prize, Costa Poetry Award, Gordon Burn Prize and the International Dylan Thomas Prize; in 2017 they were shortlisted for the inaugural Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers.

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