Independent publisher Penned in the Margins has acquired Out for Air from former professional skateboarder Olly Todd.
Out for Air is Todd’s first full collection of poetry following his pamphlet Odeum Spotlights (Rough Trade Books, 2018) which was longlisted for the Michael Marks Awards. Publication is scheduled for April 2022.
Director of Penned in the Margins, Tom Chivers, says, ‘Reading Olly Todd’s poems is an exhilarating experience; expansive in scope but intricate in form, together they record a life lived on the move, in motion, on the cusp of things. Often darkly funny and always surprising, Olly’s poems range from Manhattan’s ‘silky streets’ and the Pacific Coast Highway to his native Cumbria, reflecting movingly on love, friendship, family and the city. He writes with a skateboarder’s eye for architectural detail, gradient and balance, the liberation of flight.’
World rights were acquired directly from the author.