Home PageBook newsThe Emma Press to publish new poetry pamphlet: The Goldfish

Birmingham-based publisher the Emma Press is launching The Goldfish in Kyoto on 26th October 2019. Written by Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul, an Indonesian poet based in Japan, The Goldfish is to join the Emma Press’ list of award-winning poetry pamphlets.

With her experimental, playful poems which capture the voice of a goldfish, Ikhda undergoes a surreal exploration of femininity in the new world – one which she describes as being of ‘cross-cultural thought and divergence’ – by drawing on the dualities of the life of a goldfish and the life of a woman.

After the success of her debut pamphlet in 2014, Ikhda by Ikhda, and publications in two of the Emma Press anthologies, Ikhda has returned to the Emma Press for the publication of her second pamphlet. This will be the first publication of The Goldfish, where Ikhda’s thought-provoking collection is brought to life by the illustrations of Emma Dai’an Wright.

The pamphlet is launching at the Kyoto Experiment 2019, part of Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival on 26th October 2019 at 3pm. Ticket information can be found here.


About the author

Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul is an Indonesian poet from Surabaya, currently based in Kyoto, Japan. Her debut pamphlet, Ikhda by Ikhda, was published by the Emma Press in 2014. Her poems have been published in Mildly Erotic Verse and The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood. She is co-translator of several books from Indonesian into English, including The Adventures of Na Willa by Reda Gaudiamo.

The Goldfish
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-912915-20-0
Publication Date: 26th October 2019
Page Count: 36
RRP: £10.00