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Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
Illustrated by Emma Wright
Paperback ISBN 978-1-910139-15-8
Publication date: 14th May 2015
42 poems / 80 pages / 8 illustrations
Price: £10 (paperback)/£5.50 (ebook)
‘start peeling oranges to your lady say
can you do the succotash? and if yes do the succotash
with her a couple laps around the kitchen
with one hand on the small of her back and the other hand
still peeling oranges’
– from ‘Lullaby with Succotash’, by George David Clark
This is a book for dance-lovers. It’s a book for everyone who catches their breath at the ballet or in front of Strictly Come Dancing, or who can’t look away when someone magnificent takes to the floor in a club. It’s also a book for people who’ll dance anywhere, as often as possible, and for those who dance rarely but enjoy it when they do. What makes us start dancing? Why do we ever stop? The Emma Press Anthology of Dance is a celebration of everything from an intimate shuffle to the most death-defying waltz.
‘This is a fitting testament to the transformative and empowering potential of dance, an enjoyable anthology, which should appeal to poetry fans and acolytes alike.’ – Jessica Traynor for Sabotage Reviews
‘This is a small, delightful book full of contemporary poems about dance in short, staccato bursts. […] A very enjoyable book that should appeal to both dance fans and poetry lovers with its strong message of the potential of dance to empower and change people’s lives.’ — Lynne Lancaster for Sydney Arts Review
‘We are introduced first, and again throughout, to the universality of dance through the eyes of animals, the flailing bodies of the uncoordinated, the intoxicated, the lush from love who swagger in kitchens and on side streets. […] We discover the fleeting nature of dance, the joy in hearing dance when it is not able to be seen, and perhaps the most poignant point of all: “We dance to learn about a part of ourselves books can’t teach.”‘— Kirsten on Setting the Barre (including some gorgeous photos of the book)
‘Every poem is so relatable […] and the anthology has a lovely journey of progression. ‘Learning the Steps’ by Maria Taylor […] brings us to a line which no doubt is the most poignant of all … ‘We dance to learn about a part of ourselves books can’t teach’. This moment allows us to ask ourselves about our own place in Dance, whether we do this consciously or without a thought at all. Dance is everywhere and I feel that after reading this I will be drawn to this even more.’ – Emma-Hope on Carpe Diem Emmie
About the editors
Rachel Piercey (right) is a former editor at The Cadaverine magazine and a current editor at the Emma Press. She studied English Literature at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she won the Newdigate Prize in 2008. Her illustrated pamphlet of love poems, The Flower and the Plough, was published by the Emma Press in 2013 and her second pamphlet, Rivers Wanted, in 2014.
Emma Wright (left) studied Classics at Brasenose College, Oxford. She worked in ebook production at Orion Publishing Group before leaving to set up the Emma Press in 2012. In 2013 she toured the UK with The Mildly Erotic Poetry Tour, supported with funding from Arts Council England as part of the Lottery-funded Grants for the arts programme.
About the poets
Stephanie Arsoska has been published by the Emma Press, Prole, Iron Press, Mother’s Milk Books, Magma, Ink Sweat & Tears and Nutshells & Nuggets. She was a finalist in the Stanza digital slam and featured on the IndieFeed Spoken Word podcast. She runs a Virtual Open Mic Night on her website stephaniearsoska.co.uk.
Sophie F Baker has been published in magazines including Smiths Knoll, The Rialto, Poetry London and Magma. She won an Andrew Waterhouse Award from New Writing North in 2010 and an Eric Gregory Award in 2012. She works at the Poetry Society and is a founding editor of poetry magazine Butcher’s Dog. http://www.sophiefbaker.co.uk/
Dzifa Benson was born in London to Ghanaian parents and grew up in west Africa. She writes, performs, curates and teaches, and has performed her work at venues including Tate Britain, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Southbank Centre. She was a writer in residence at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2007-8. https://thespitofme.wordpress.com/
Jane Burn is an artist and writer based in the North East. She is a member of many poetry groups and her work has been published in a variety of magazines. She likes to write about minutiae of everyday life: loss, success, failure, fantastical thoughts and the joy and peace of nature.
John Canfield grew up in Cornwall and now lives in London. His poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Oxford Poetry XIV.2, Transom Issue 5, Newspaper Taxis (Seren, 2013), Coin Opera II (Sidekick Books, 2013) and The Emma Press Anthology of Fatherhood (Emma Press, 2014).
George David Clark teaches creative writing and literature in the honors college at Valparaiso University. His first book, Reveille (University of Arkansas Press, 2015), won the Miller Williams Prize and his poems have been published widely. He is the editor of 32 Poems and lives in Indiana with his wife and their three young children. http://www.georgedavidclark.com/
Geraldine Clarkson is based in Warwickshire. Her poems have appeared in The Best British Poetry (Salt, 2014), The Rialto, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, Ambit, Iota and Under the Radar. She was the Selected Poet in Magma 58 and won the Ware Sonnet Prize in 2014. She is currently working on her first collection.
James Coghill has been published in Homesickness and Exile (Emma Press, 2014), Ink Sweat & Tears, Verse Kraken and Lighthouse Literary Journal, with work forthcoming in Astronaut zine and Birdbook 3 (Sidekick Books). He likes to dance, but is unfortunately terrible at it. He is currently teaching himself Swedish.
Flora de Falbe comes from London and is currently in her first year studying English at Cambridge. She won the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012 and took part in the 2014 Tower Poetry Summer School. She was recently published in CAKE journal and the Emma Press’s Motherhood and Fatherhood anthologies.
Brian Docherty was born in Glasgow and now lives in north London. He has published three books: Armchair Theatre (Hearing Eye, 1999), Desk with a View (Hearing Eye, 2008) and Woke up this Morning (Smokestack Books, 2012), with a fourth, Independence Day, forthcoming from the Penniless Press.
Claire Dyer’s poetry collection, Eleven Rooms, was published by Two Rivers Press in 2013. Her two novels, The Moment and The Perfect Affair, and her short story, Falling for Gatsby, are published by Quercus. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. http://www.clairedyer.com/
Francine Elena was born in 1986 and grew up in London, Lisbon and Scotland. Her unpublished pamphlet Fluoro was shortlisted for the 2014 Pighog Prize and her poems have been published in The Best British Poetry (Salt, 2013), Best Friends Forever (Emma Press, 2014), Poetry London, Ambit, 3:AM Magazine and The Quietus. http://francineelena.tumblr.com/
Katherine Gallagher was born in Australia and has lived in north London since 1979. She has five full collections, most recently Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems (Arc Publications, 2010), and she has won various awards including the Warana Prize, a Royal Literary Fund Bursary and a London Society of Authors’ Foundation Award. http://www.katherine-gallagher.com/
Hilary Gilmore lives between London and her native Blue Mountains in Sydney, after eleven years based in Britain and Eastern Europe. Her professional life concerns the histories and cultures of dress, and she is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton. Her poetry has been published in Motherhood (Emma Press, 2014) and Once Wild, the 2014 Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology.
Rebecca Goss grew up in Suffolk and returned to live there in 2013, having lived in Liverpool for twenty years. Her second collection, Her Birth (Carcanet/Northern House, 2013), was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection. In 2014 she was selected as one of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets. https://rebeccagoss.wordpress.com
Jan Heritage has recently completed the Royal Holloway MA in Creative Writing and has had poems published in several magazines. Back in the day she was Faber’s Promotions Manager. Now she teaches yoga in Brighton.
Sarah Hesketh has been published in magazines and anthologies including The White Review, Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot and Other Countries: Contemporary Poets Rewiring History. Her second collection, The Hard Word Box (Penned in the Margins, 2014), was inspired by her time as poet in residence with Age Concern. https://twitter.com/slhesketh
Emma-Jane Hughes was brought up between the sublime of a river barge and the ridiculous of boarding school. She has been published in two Bridport anthologies, online by Mslexia, and in other anthologies. Emma is researching and teaching at the University of Chichester, and remains indebted to the lecturers there.
Emma Jeremy was born in Bristol and is currently based in London, working towards an MA in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Rising, Poems in Which, The Voices Inside Our Heads, Nutshell and Best Friends Forever (Emma Press, 2014).
Carla Jones grew up in Surrey and now lives in Bedfordshire. Her poems have been published in Iota and The New Writer. When she’s not writing, she compulsively cuts up paper and doodles on things. https://cloudsforthoughts.wordpress.com/
Melinda Kallasmae’s poems have most recently been published in Best Australian Poems (Black Inc. Publishing, 2014), The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry (Interactive Press, 2014), and The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood (Emma Press, 2014). Once upon a time, Melinda enjoyed maypole dancing.
Anna Kisby is an archivist living in Brighton. Her poems have been placed in competitions and published in magazines and anthologies including Magma, Mslexia, Poetry News, Ink Sweat & Tears and The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood. She won The New Writer magazine’s single poem prize in 2011.
Gill Learner’s poetry has won several awards and has been widely published, most recently in The Interpreter’s House 56, Agenda 48 and Her Wings of Glass (Second Light Publications, 2014). Her first collection, The Agister’s Experiment, was published by Two Rivers Press in 2011 and she hopes to have a second in 2016. www.poetrypf.co.uk/gilllearnerpage.shtml
Emma Lee has published two collections – Mimicking a Snowdrop (Thynks Press, 2014) and Yellow Torchlight and the Blues (Original Plus, 2004) – and her third, Ghosts in the Desert, is forthcoming from Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2015. She blogs at http://emmalee1.wordpress.com and reviews for London Grip and Sabotage Reviews.
Julie Maclean is the author of Kiss of the Viking (Poetry Salzburg, 2014), When I saw Jimi (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2013) and You Love You Leave (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014). She has been shortlisted for the Crashaw Prize (Salt) and was the joint winner of the Geoff Stevens Poetry Prize. http://juliemacleanwriter.com/
Martin Malone was born in County Durham and now lives in Warwickshire. His poems have been published in a number of magazines and he is currently studying for a PhD in poetry at Sheffield University. He edits The Interpreter’s House poetry journal and his second collection, Cur, will be published by Shoestring Press in 2015. http://www.martinmalone.org/
Felicity Maxwell is a postdoctoral researcher on ‘The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700’ project at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her sonnets have appeared in Goblin Fruit and Sonnetto Poesia. Her sonnet in this book was inspired by her learning Elizabeth I’s favourite dance. https://twitter.com/flmaxwell
Paul McMenemy is the editor of Lunar Poetry. He can’t dance.
Margot Myers lives in Oxford and has been writing poems for three years. She is interested in the use of myth in poetry and is working on a series of poems about the park where she walks her dog every day. Several of her poems have been commended in poetry competitions.
Richard O’Brien’s second pamphlet, The Emmores, was published by the Emma Press in January 2014 and A Bloody Mess followed from Valley Press later that year. His work has featured in Poetry London, The Salt Book of Younger Poets (Salt, 2011) and The Best British Poetry (Salt, 2013). He is working on a PhD in contemporary verse drama. https://thescallopshell.wordpress.com/
Wendy Pratt was born in Scarborough in 1978 and now lives just outside Filey. She recently completed a BA in English Literature with the Open University and is now studying towards her MA in creative writing with the MMU. Her second pamphlet, Lapstrake, will be published by Flarestack Poets in 2015. http://www.wendypratt.com/
Rosie Sandler lives in Essex with her husband and their two children. In this estuary spot, she writes suitably watery poems, as well as stories and novels. Her poetry has appeared in The Rialto, The Poetry of Sex (Penguin Books, 2014) and London Grip. She runs The Poet’s Resource at https://thepoetsresource.wordpress.com/
Jacqueline Saphra teaches at The Poetry School. Her first full collection, The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye, 2011), was nominated for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and an illustrated book of prose poems, If I Lay On My Back I Saw Nothing But Naked Women, was recently published by the Emma Press. http://www.jacqueline.saphra.net/
Two of Catherine Smith’s collections, The New Bride and Lip (both Smith/Doorstop, 2000 and 2008) have been shortlisted for Forward Prizes. Her poetry is widely anthologised and her latest pamphlet-length publication, The New Cockaigne (Frogmore Press, 2014), is a surreal, supernatural satire on revolution, excess and restraint. http://www.catherinesmithwriter.co.uk/
Maria Taylor’s poems have appeared in a variety of magazines, including The Rialto, Magma, Stand and The North. Her debut collection, Melanchrini, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2012 and shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize in 2013. She blogs at http://miskinataylor.blogspot.co.uk/
Pam Thompson is a poet and university lecturer based in Leicester. She is one of the organisers of Word!, a spoken-word night at The Y Theatre and her publications include The Japan Quiz (Redbeck Press, 2009) and Show Date and Time (Smith/Doorstop, 2006). She won First Prize (Judges’ Prize) in the Magma Poetry Competition in 2015. http://pamthompsonpoetry.com/
Andrew Wynn Owen studies English literature at Magdalen College, Oxford. His first pamphlet, Raspberries for the Ferry, was published by the Emma Press in 2014. Also in 2014, he was awarded Oxford University’s Newdigate and Lord Alfred Douglas prizes for poetry.
Lana Faith Young lives in Tasmania and is currently studying Creative Writing and Screen Studies at Griffith University. In 2012, Lana was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premiere’s Book Awards in the digital narrative category. Lana loves poetry, writing children’s books and jumping ocean waves. http://www.lanafaithyoung.com/
Illustrated by Emma Wright
Paperback ISBN 978-1-910139-55-4
Publication date: 8th November 2018
52 poems / 128 pages
Price: £10 (paperback)
Second Place Rosette is a collection of poems about the customs, rituals and practices that make up life in modern Britain.
The poems take in maypole dancing, mehndi painting, and medical prescriptions. Some events, like the Jewish Sabbath, happen every week; some, like the putting away of Christmas decorations, thankfully come only once a year.
Much of the book displays an ambivalence towards the land and its rituals, but there is also love, affection and pride. Mixed feelings: what could be more British than that?
About the editors
Emma Dai’an Wright is a British-Chinese-Vietnamese publisher, designer and illustrator based in Birmingham, UK. She studied Classics at Brasenose College, Oxford, and worked in ebook production at Orion Publishing Group before leaving in 2012 to set up the Emma Press with the support of the Prince’s Trust.
Richard O’Brien is a poet, translator and academic based in Birmingham, UK. He has a PhD on Shakespeare and the development of verse drama. Richard’s pamphlets include The Emmores (Emma Press, 2014) and A Bloody Mess (Valley Press, 2015). His work has featured in Oxford Poetry, Poetry London and The Salt Book of Younger Poets. In 2017, he won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors for his poetry.
About the poets
Claire Askew’s poetry collection This changes things (Bloodaxe, 2016) was shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, the 2016 Saltire First Book Award, and the 2017 Seamus Heaney Centre and Michael Murphy Memorial prizes. @onenightstanzas.
Dean Atta’s debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His poems deal with themes of race, gender, identity and growing up, and have appeared on BBC One’s The One Show and several times on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4.
Casey Bailey is a secondary school senior leader, poet, spoken word performer, author and rapper from Birmingham. His first short collection, Waiting at Bloomsbury Park, was published in 2017 by Big White Shed. His first full poetry collection, Adjusted, was published in 2018 by Verve Poetry Press.
Sarah Barr lives in Dorset and writes poetry and fiction. Her poems have appeared in The Frogmore Papers, The Interpreter’s House, South, the Bridport Prize Anthologies 2010 and 2016 and 105 The Templar Anthology 2016. She teaches creative writing in Dorset and for the Open University.
Clare Best’s Excisions, her first full collection, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize, 2012. Other poetry publications include Treasure Ground, Breastless, CELL, Springlines. Her latest book is a prose memoir, The Missing List (Linen Press, 2018). clarebest.co.uk
Julia Bird grew up in Gloucestershire and now lives in London where she works as a literature promoter. She has published two collections with Salt Publishing (Hannah and the Monk, 2008, and Twenty-four Seven Blossom, 2013) and an illustrated pamphlet – Now You Can Look – with the Emma Press in 2017.
Jerrold Bowam: a British/Canadian writer who aspires to find others who are as amused as his muse, have a predilection for repetition and a penchant for recurrence.
Jo Brandon was born in 1986 and currently lives in West Yorkshire. Jo has a pamphlet, Phobia (2012), and a full-length collection, The Learned Goose (2015), both with Valley Press. Jo’s work has featured in various publications including The Poetry Review, The North, Butcher’s Dog and Magma. www.jobrandon.com
Carole Bromley lives in York where she is the stanza rep and runs poetry surgeries for the Poetry Society. Winner of a number of first prizes, Carole has three collections with smith|doorstop: A Guided Tour of the Ice House, The Stonegate Devil and Blast Off!, a children’s collection.
Alan Buckley is from Merseyside, and now lives in Oxford. He has two poetry pamphlets: Shiver (tall-lighthouse, 2009), and The Long Haul (HappenStance, 2016). He was highly commended in the 2017 Forward Prizes. He is a poetry editor at ignitionpress, and a school writer-in-residence with the charity First Story.
Shruti Chauhan is a poet and performer from Leicester. In 2018, she won the National Poetry Library’s Instapoetry competition and was voted Best Spoken Word Performer at the Saboteur Awards. Shruti’s debut pamphlet, That Which Can Be Heard, is forthcoming with Burning Eye Books in November 2018.
Claire Collison’s publishing credits include Butcher’s Dog, The Compass, Island Review, Bare Fiction, Elbow Room, and Templar Anthology. Artist-in-residence at the Women’s Art Library, Claire is currently touring her single-breasted life modelling monologue, ‘Truth is Beauty’. writingbloomsbury.wordpress.com
Oliver Comins lives in West London and writes poems about people, sport, landscape and growing up. He grew up in Warwickshire, the county where Edge Hill is located. Templar Poetry has published three of his pamphlets since 2014 and a full length collection, Oak Fish Island, in 2018.
Aviva Dautch has an MA in creative writing from Goldsmiths and a PhD in poetry from Royal Holloway. Her poems are published in magazines including Agenda, Modern Poetry in Translation and The Poetry Review. In 2017 she won the Poetry School/Nine Arches Press Primers Prize for emerging voices.
Tracy Davidson lives in Warwickshire and writes poetry and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies, including: Mslexia, Modern Haiku, Shooter, Journey to Crone, Ekphrastia Gone Wild, The Emma Press Anthology of Aunts and In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights.
Ian Dudley’s most recent publications have been in Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Rialto and Zoomorphic. He has won the Oxonian Review (2015) and Aesthetica (2017) poetry competitions, and featured in Eyewear’s The Best New British And Irish Poets 2016.
Clementine Ewokolo-Burnley is a migrant writer, mother and community worker. She has been a finalist in the Bristol Short Story Prize Competition 2017, the Miles Morland Scholarship Award and received an Honourable Mention in the Berlin Writing Prize Competition. @decolonialheart
Steve Harrison born in Yorkshire and now lives in Shropshire. His work has appeared in Emergency Poet collections, Wenlock Festival, The Physic Garden, Pop Shot, Mid-Winter Solstice, The Curlew and Poets’ Republic. He regularly performs across the Midlands and won the Ledbury Poetry Festival Slam in 2014.
Ramona Herdman’s pamphlet Bottle is published by HappenStance Press. It was the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2018 and one of the Poetry School’s Books of the Year 2017. She won the Poetry Society Hamish Canham prize 2017. @ramonaherdman
Maryam Hessavi is a British, Manchester-based poet of English and Iranian descent. Her poetry has been published in Smoke Magazine and is forthcoming in Ambit. She is a Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic, with reviews featured in The Manchester Review, Poetry London and The Poetry School website.
Nicola Jackson writes in London and Cumbria, inspired by landscape and ancient communities. Her poetry is published in journals and newspapers. She has won prizes including the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize 2017 for her debut collection, Difficult Women, (Indigo Dreams Press). She has an MA in Writing Poetry.
Angela Kirby was born in rural Lancashire when there was a strong tradition of festivals, cultural and religious. She now lives in London. Shoestring Press published her four collections: Mr Irresistible, Dirty Work, A Scent of Winter, The Days After Always, and New and Selected Poems. A fifth is due out in 2019.
Joan Lennon lives in Fife. By day she is a novelist and has recently had her 21st book published, but by night she is a poet. Her latest pamphlet – a narrative poem called Granny Garbage – is published by HappenStance.
Nick Littler is a poet and songwriter based in Cardiff. His poem ‘The Girls from Maynard’s’ appeared in the Emma Press anthology In Transit: Poems of Travel. He writes and records music under the name Pocket Witch, and his first album, Nothing the Sun, came out in June 2018.
Derek Littlewood is a poet and naturalist living in Worcestershire. He has collected stones from many seaside locations, including Cornwall and Lizard Point, the site of many family holidays with his wife and children.
Roy McFarlane is a former Birmingham Poet Laureate and current poet-in-residence at the Birmingham & Midland Institute. He has three collections: Celebrate Wha? (Smokestack, 2011), Beginning With Your Last Breath and The Healing Next Time (Nine Arches, 2016 and 2018).
Kibriya Mehrban is a University of Birmingham Creative Writing graduate whose poetry first featured in the inaugural Verve Poetry Festival anthology This is Not Your Final Form (Emma Press, 2017). As of 2018, she is interning at Writing West Midlands and relentlessly pursues poetry in all its forms.
Fiona Moore’s first collection The Distal Point has just come out from HappenStance Press and is a Poetry Book Society Autumn 2018 Recommendation. She is co-editing Magma 72 on climate change.
Tom Moyser lives in London and is an English teacher. His poetry has been published in the First Story anthology Footsteps. Every August, he attends a folk music festival in Sidmouth and has been in their Torchlight Procession about three times.
Margot Myers lives in Oxford. Her poems and flash-fiction have had some success in competitions including Havant, Cinammon, and Bridport. She has been published in The Interpreter’s House, and the Emma Press anthologies of Dance, Urban Myths and Legends and Aunts. She celebrates as many feasts and festivals as possible.
Carolyn O’Connell lived in London for most of her life and has recently moved to Cheshire. Her poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies both in the UK and US, including by Envoi, Reach and Aspire. Her first collection, Timelines, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2014.
Claire Orchard is a poet from Wellington, New Zealand, whose father was born and raised in Farnworth, Lancashire. Her first poetry collection, Cold Water Cure, was published by Victoria University Press in 2016. claireorchardpoet.com
Cheryl Pearson lives and writes in Manchester. Her poems have been published in The Guardian, Southword, Under The Radar and The Interpreter’s House. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and is a reader for Frontier Poetry. Her first collection, Oysterlight, is available now from Pindrop Press.
Kathy Pimlott’s pamphlet Goose Fair Night (Emma Press) was published in 2016. Her poems have appeared in magazines including Poem, Magma, The North, South Bank Poetry, Morning Star and Brittle Star, and in several anthologies. Kathy lives in Seven Dials, London, where she works as a public realm project manager.
D A Prince lives in Leicestershire and London. Her second collection, Common Ground (HappenStance Press, 2014), won the East Midlands Book Award 2015.
Kim M. Russell grew up in London in the sixties, when she enjoyed day trips to the south coast with her grandmother and sister, and one memorable holiday in Clacton with a glamorous aunt – rich pickings for a poet. She now lives in Norfolk with her husband and two cats.
Laura Seymour‘s first collection, The Shark Cage, won the 2013 Cinnamon Press debut poetry collection award and was published in 2015. Her poems have appeared in several journals including The Poetry Review, Poetry London, Magma, Envoi, Iota, Ambit, Glitterwolf, Prole and Mslexia.
Natalie Shaw lives in London and works for the Government Digital Service. Her poems can be found in many different print and online journals, as well as in a variety of anthologies.
Hollie-Anne Slatcher is from Surrey and is currently studying Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Birmingham. ‘The Queens Head At Christmas’ is her first poem to be published and is based on a traditional pub in Hastings, which her grandparents used to own.
Pam Thompson is a poet, lecturer, reviewer and writing tutor based in Leicester. Her publications include The Japan Quiz (Redbeck Press, 2009) and Show Date and Time, (smith|doorstop, 2006). Pam has a PhD in Creative Writing and her second collection, Strange Fashion, was recently published by Pindrop Press.
Beth L. Thompson is from Liverpool, where she grew up dancing, singing, guitar-playing and writing. Beth recently completed her MA in Writing at the University of Warwick, where her work was anthologised in Moonshine (Ball Bearing Press, 2017). She is currently working on her first novel.
Louise Walker lives in London and has been teaching English for over 30 years in girls’ schools. Her poems first appeared in the Florio Society’s anthologies (Sycamore Press). In 2017 her pamphlet An Ordinary Miracle was published by the Barafundle Press.
Rob Walton is proud to have been born in Scunthorpe, the ‘Industrial Garden Town’, a few miles from where the Haxey Hood takes place. He now lives on Tyneside. His poems and short fictions have been published in various places.
Ros Woolner grew up in Bourne End, a village on the Thames between Marlow and Cookham. Her poems have appeared in Magma, The Cannon’s Mouth, Under the Radar and a number of anthologies. Her first pamphlet, On the Wing, was published by Offa’s Press in 2018. www.roswoolner.co.uk
Edited by Sarah Jackson and Tim Youngs
Illustrated by Emma Wright
Paperback ISBN 978-1-910139-94-3
Publication date: 30th June 2018
39 poems / 96 pages / 8 illustrations
Price: £10 (paperback)
Travelling is never as just simple as getting from A to B. Whether you’re sailing in a stately cruise liner or running for a grimy commuter train, your mode of transport affects the way you look at the things around you. Travel can even make us question who we are at home: will we be the same person at the other end of the journey?
The poems in this anthology take in day-trippers and business travellers, but also characters who are forced to voyage against their will, as well as those with no choice but to stay put. Whatever your destination, this book is a companion for the journey, exploring the nuances of the strange state of being in transit.
About the editors
Sarah Jackson is the author of Pelt (Bloodaxe, 2012), which won the Seamus Heaney Award and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and Tactile Poetics: Touch and Contemporary Writing (Edinburgh University Press, 2015). She is an AHRC Leadership Fellow, a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker and Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.
Tim Youngs is Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University and the author and editor of several books on travel writing. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including Magma, The Interpreter’s House, Poetry Salzburg Review and Stride. His debut pamphlet, Touching Distance, was published by Five Leaves in 2017.
About the poets
Zayneb Allak has travelled and worked all over the world. At the time of going to press, she’s daydreaming about travels in Colombia. In her real life she’s a lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. Her debut pamphlet, Keine Angst, was published by New Walk Editions in 2017.
Baiba Bičole, a prominent Latvian poet since the 1970s, was born in Latvia but left as a refugee during World War II and has lived in the United States since 1950. She is the author of six collections of poetry and has received major Latvian literary awards.
Sharon Black is originally from Glasgow but now lives in the Cévennes mountains of France, having previously lived in Japan after catching the travelling bug in her late teens. She has two collections: To Know Bedrock (Pindrop, 2011) and The Art of Egg (Two Ravens, 2015). www.sharonblack.co.uk
Jeanette Burton has an MA in Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University and teaches English at a sixth-form College in Nottingham. This is her first published poem.
Nancy Campbell’s books include Disko Bay (shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2016) and How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic (winner of the Birgit Skiöld Award). Her memoir, The Library of Ice, will be published by Scribner in 2018. She is currently the Canal Laureate.
George David Clark’s collection Reveille won the 2015 Miller Williams Prize and his new work can be found in Agni, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review and elsewhere. He edits the journal 32 Poems and lives with his wife and their four young children in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Claire Collison is a writer, visual artist, breast cancer survivor and artist-in-residence at The Women’s Art Library. Her work has been published widely. She came second in the Resurgence Prize and second in the Hippocrates Prize. Claire performs a life modelling monologue, ‘Truth is Beauty’.
Anna Kisby lives in Devon, UK. Her poetry is widely published in magazines and anthologies, she won the BBC Proms Poetry competition 2016, and she was commended in the Faber New Poets Scheme 2015-16. Her debut pamphlet All the Naked Daughters is published by Against the Grain Press (2017).
Jo Dixon is a poet and critic living in Nottingham. Her poems have appeared in a range of poetry publications, including New Walk, The Interpreter’s House and Furies (For Books’ Sake). Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Woman in the Queue, was published by Melos Press in 2016.
Andy Eaton was born in California and raised throughout the United States. He lives in Belfast and teaches in Oxford. His poems are published widely in places such as Copper Nickel, Ploughshares and The Yale Review. A pamphlet, Sprung Nocturne, was published by the Lifeboat Press in 2016.
Charlotte Eichler’s poems have appeared in magazines such as Blackbox Manifold, PN Review, The Rialto and Stand. In 2017, Poetry London awarded Charlotte a year’s mentoring with Vahni Capildeo. Her first pamphlet, Their Lunar Language, is coming out with Valley Press in 2018.
Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. With a passion for language nurtured by public libraries, her poems have appeared in Bare Fiction, New Welsh Review, The Rialto and elsewhere. She won the inaugural Mslexia Novel Competition.
Rebecca Gethin lives on Dartmoor and has published two pamphlets, two collections, and two novels. Her poems have been published widely, and she runs a Poetry School seminar in Plymouth. www.rebeccagethin.wordpress.com
Rich Goodson has been teaching migrant and refugee teenagers for the last twenty-one years. His debut, Mr Universe (Eyewear), was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice in 2017. www.richgoodson.com
Susannah Hart is a London-based poet whose work has been widely published in magazines and online. She is on the board of Magma Poetry and her first collection is due to be published by Live Canon in 2018. She’s also a keen traveller who loves learning different languages.
Fiona Larkin’s poems appear in journals and anthologies, including Magma, The North, Envoi and Under the Radar, and Best New British and Irish Poets 2018 (Eyewear). She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway.
Shara Lessley is the author of Two-Headed Nightingale and The Explosive Expert’s Wife. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and Colgate University’s O’Connor Fellowship. She co-edited A Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice.
Nick Littler is a poet and songwriter from Exeter, now living in Cardiff, where he is trying and failing to learn Welsh. His poem ‘Frank’ will appear in the forthcoming Emma Press anthology of poems about Britain.
Lila Matsumoto’s publications include Urn & Drum (Shearsman), Soft Troika (If a Leaf Falls Press) and Allegories from my Kitchen (Sad Press). She teaches poetry at the University of Nottingham and co-runs Front Horse, a magazine and performance night of poetry, music, and art.
Colleen J. McElroy lives in Seattle, Washington. Her collection Queen of the Ebony Isles won an American Book Award in 1985. Her collection Blood Memory was a finalist for the 2017 Paterson Poetry Prize. Many of her poems have been translated into languages including Russian, Italian, Arabic, and Serbo-Croatian.
Jane McKie’s most recent poetry collection is Kitsune (Cinnamon Press, 2015), and her most recent pamphlet is From the Wonder Book of Would You Believe It? (Mariscat Press, 2016). She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.
Fiona Moore’s first collection The Distal Point will be published by HappenStance Press in July 2018. Her pamphlet Night Letter was shortlisted for the 2016 Michael Marks Awards. She is co-editing Magma 72 on climate change. She used to help edit The Rialto, blogs occasionally at Displacement, and writes reviews.
Miranda Peake is a poet and artist based in London. Her poems have been published in magazines and journals, including Ambit, Bare Fiction, Magma, The Moth, Oxford Poetry and The Rialto. In 2014 she won the Mslexia Poetry Competition. She is a member of the Hornet Press Poetry Collective.
Cheryl Pearson lives and writes in Manchester. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including The Guardian, The High Window, Under The Radar and The Compass. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first full poetry collection, Oysterlight, was published in 2017.
Ilse Pedler lives and works as a veterinary surgeon in Saffron Walden. She often finds that poems come to her in the car between visits and ends up scribbling on bits of paper in lay-bys. Her pamphlet The Dogs That Chase Bicycle Wheels won the Mslexia Pamphlet Competition and was published by Seren in 2016.
Yvonne Reddick is a poet and ecopoetry scholar. She has received a Northern Writer’s Award (2016), the Mslexia Pamphlet Competition (2017), a Hawthornden Fellowship and the Poetry Society’s inaugural Peggy Poole Award (2018). Her pamphlet Translating Mountains (Seren 2017) was selected as a favourite pamphlet of the year in the Times Literary Supplement.
Andrea Robinson is an artist, writer and printmaker. Her work is inspired by handed-down histories (and her much-travelled ancestors). Recent poems have been published by Coast to Coast to Coast, Fair Acre Press, Smeuse, Visual Verse, and in a sound installation for Protein Dance. www.andrearobinsonartist.co.uk
William Roychowdhury works in international development. He is often in transit. He tries to fit poetry between his job and looking after his two young children. His work has been published in a variety of magazines.
Vicky Sparrow’s poems can be found in Front Horse, datableed and Litmus. Her first pamphlet, Notes to Selves (2016), is published by Zarf Editions. She is completing a PhD on the poet-activist Anna Mendelssohn at Birkbeck, and edits reviews for the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry.
David Tait’s first collection, Self-Portrait with The Happiness, won an Eric Gregory Award and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His pamphlet Three Dragon Day was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award. His new collection The AQI is out in October 2018.
Andrew Taylor has published two collections with Shearsman and has pamphlets with Oystercatcher, Leafe, zimZalla, The Red Ceilings and Stranger Press. www.andrewtaylorpoetry.com
Maria Taylor is a poet and reviewer of Cypriot origin. Her most recent pamphlet, Instructions for Making Me, is published by HappenStance Press. Her debut collection, Melanchrini (Nine Arches Press), was shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize.
Alex Toms is a mum and trainee pharmacy advisor from Wivenhoe, Essex. Her poems have appeared in, among other places, Mslexia, Under the Radar and the Bloodaxe anthology Hallelujah for 50ft Women. Her debut collection will be published by Dunlin Press in late 2018. www.alextomspoet.com 87 86
Bitite Vinklers is a translator of Latvian folklore and contemporary literature, with work in numerous anthologies and journals, including The Paris Review, Denver Quarterly and Poetry Daily. Recent publications include Knuts Skujenieks, Seed in Snow: Poems (BOA Editions, 2016).
Rory Waterman is the author of Tonight the Summer’s Over (Carcanet, 2013), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and Sarajevo Roses (Carcanet, 2017), as well as two books on twentieth-century poetry. He is a senior lecturer in English, and co-edits the poetry pamphlet series New Walk Editions.
Rebecca Violet White is a poet who recently escaped London for a narrowboat in the West Country. Since finishing her Creative Writing Masters at UEA in 2014, she has been published by Ink, Sweat and Tears, For Book’s Sake and Elbow Room.
Simon Williams has eight published collections, his latest being a co-authored pamphlet with Susan Taylor, The Weather House, published in 2017 by Indigo Dreams. Simon was elected The Bard of Exeter in 2013 and founded the large-format magazine, The Broadsheet.
Jeremy Wikeley grew up in Romsey and now lives and works in London, but he used to get the train to Cambridge a lot. His poems, which have appeared in magazines like The North and Magma, often involve moving from one place to another.
Peter Surkov is a medical student and ex-marketeer. Recent poems have appeared in Magma, The Stockholm Review and Envoi.
Cliff Yates’ collections include Henry’s Clock (winner of the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize), Frank Freeman’s Dancing School (Salt; Knives Forks & Spoons) and Jam (smith|doorstop). He is a former Poetry Society poet-in-residence and the author of Jumpstart Poetry in the Secondary School.
The Emma Press has acquired English-language rights to two Latvian titles and one Estonian title. For the Latvian titles, they received a grant from the Latvian Writers’ Union (Latvijas Rakstnieku Savienība) and Latvia’s Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
With illustrations by Emma Wright
In The Emma Press Anthology of Love, that familiar four-letter word takes on a world of meanings. Love is transcendent and love is everyday, found equally in steamy texts and shopping lists, and the only reliable thing about it is that it’s never where you expected to find it.
Building on the success of 2015’s Mildly Erotic Verse, this book explores the diversity of modern romance. Often awkward, never perfect, romantic encounters and relationships are rooted in our own contemporary world of Tinder, Twitter and TV dinners. But they are also part of an enduring tradition: the cornerstone of our common humanity. In this book, fifty-six fresh, diverse and original voices speak to what love means right here, right now, bridging the gap between Hollywood imagery and modern lived experience.
Paperback ISBN 978‑1‑910139‑56‑1
Publication date: 25th January 2018
Page count: 128
Price: £10 (paperback) / £15 (limited-edition hardback) / £5.50 (ebook – will be available soon)
About the editors
Rachel Piercey is a poet and editor for adults and children. She regularly performs her poems and runs writing workshops at schools and festivals across the country. Rachel’s poems have appeared in The Rialto, Magma, Poems in Which, Butcher’s Dog and The Poetry Review, as well as various Emma Press pamphlets and anthologies, and in 2008 she won the Newdigate Prize. She lives in London.
Emma Wright worked in ebook production at Orion Publishing Group before leaving to found the Emma Press in 2012 with the support of the Prince’s Trust Explore Enterprise programme. She lives in Birmingham.
About the poets
Catherine Ayres is a teacher from Northumberland. Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines, including Mslexia and The Moth. In 2015 she came third in the Hippocrates Prize and in 2016 she won the Elbow Room Prize.
Her debut collection is Amazon (Indigo Dreams, 2016).
Kathleen Moran Bainbridge has worked as a singer, teacher and Gestalt therapist. In 2014 she was runner-up for the Flambard Prize and in 2015 she won a New Writing North award. Her poems have appeared in magazines, anthologies and online. She lives across a ford in Northumberland.
Daisy Behagg won the Bridport Prize for poetry 2013. She has been widely published in journals including The Poetry Review, The Morning Star, Poetry Wales, Ambit and Poems in Which. She is a student mental health nurse and lives in Brighton.
Carole Bromley lives in York. She has two collections with Smith/Doorstop: A Guided Tour of the Ice House and The Stonegate Devil, which won the 2016 York Culture Award. Her first collection of poems for children, Blast Off!, was published in June 2017.
Jane Burn is originally from South Yorkshire and is now based in the North East. Her poems have been published in magazines including The Rialto and Under the Radar. Her first collection, nothing more to it than bubbles, has been published by Indigo Dreams.
Jared A. Carnie lives in Sheffield. He won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2015 and his debut novel, Waves, is available now.
George David Clark’s Reveille won the Miller Williams Prize and his more recent work can be found in AGNI, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review and elsewhere. He edits 32 Poems and lives with his wife and their three young children in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Kitty Coles’ poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies. She is one of the two winners of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2016 and her debut pamphlet, Seal Wife, was published in 2017. www.kittyrcoles.com
Ellie Danak has a background in researching Swedish crime novels. Her work has been featured in Emma Press and Paper Swans Press anthologies and in a wide range of magazines.
Alexandra Davis is an English teacher living in Suffolk with her husband and four sons. Her debut pamphlet, Sprouts, was published in August 2017 by Dempsey & Windle. Her poems have been published in Agenda, Artemis and Emma Press anthologies. www.alexandrapoet.wordpress.com
Frank Dullaghan is an Irish writer living in Dubai. He has three collections published by Cinnamon Press, the most recent being The Same Roads Back (2014). In 2016 he had a pamphlet, Secrets of the Body, published by Eyewear Press. He is published widely in UK and Irish journals.
Wendy French has four full collections of poetry published and won the Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine prize for the NHS section in 2010. She facilitates creative writing in healthcare settings. She was poet-in-residence at the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in 2015.
Chrissie Gittins has two poetry collections for adults: Armature (Arc, 2003) and I’ll Dress One Night as You (Salt, 2009). Her latest children’s collection featured on BBC Countryfile. She visits schools, and has read at the Hay, Edinburgh, West Cork and Shetland festivals. www.chrissiegittins.co.uk
Nashwa Gowanlock is a writer, journalist, and literary translator with an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has translated numerous works of Arabic literature, including poems by Moroccan poet Mohammed Bennis and a co-translation of Samar Yazbek’s memoir, The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria.
Caroline Hardaker lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with her husband, a giant cat, and a forest of houseplants. Her poetry has been published widely, most recently or forthcoming in Magma, Neon and Shoreline of Infinity. Her debut chapbook, Bone Ovation, was published by Valley Press in 2017.
Ramona Herdman’s pamphlet Bottle is available from HappenStance Press and is the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2018. She won The Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham prize 2017. She lives in Norwich and is a committee member for Café Writers.
Lizzie Holden is a London poet. She finds her poems are primarily about love and loss. The themes of abuse, dance, trees and breath also find their way into poem shaped forms. Some of her poems are tiny. Her work has been published by Pankhearst Press, Picaroon Poetry and Sable Books.
Jack Houston lives in London with his wife and son, plays drums with his band, Bugeye, and is a founding member of a radical housing coop. He works in Hackney’s Libraries, where he regularly runs free poetry workshops. His work has featured in Brittle Star, Magma and Butcher’s Dog.
Paul Howarth was born in Chester and now lives in Suffolk with his wife and two boys. He is a writer and a photographer and he works promoting reading through libraries and beyond. Most recently he has poems published by the Emma Press and in Under the Radar.
Anna Kisby is a Devon-based poet, widely published in magazines and anthologies. She won the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2016 and was commended in the Faber New Poets Scheme 2015-16. Her debut pamphlet All the Naked Daughters is published by Against the Grain Press (2017).
Rowena Knight grew up in New Zealand and splits her time between Bristol and London. Her poems have appeared in various magazines including Bare Fiction, Butcher’s Dog, Magma, and The Rialto. Her first pamphlet, All the Footprints I Left Were Red, was published by Valley Press in 2016.
Anja Konig grew up in the German language and now writes in English. Her first pamphlet, Advice for an Only Child, was shortlisted for the 2015 Michael Marks Award.
Gill Learner married Trevor in London 56 years ago; they now live in Reading. She has won several prizes, including The Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham award, and been published widely. She has two collections with Two Rivers Press: The Agister’s Experiment (2011) and Chill Factor (2016).
Rachel Long was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon mentorship in 2015. She is assistant tutor to Jacob Sam-La Rose on the Barbican Young Poets programme, and leader of Octavia, a poetry collective for women of colour, which is housed at Southbank Centre.
Anne Macaulay was born in rural, northern Scotland but, after meeting her husband in the 70s, has embraced urban life in East London. Since retiring from teaching and her children growing up, poetry has become her focus. She has had poems published in several anthologies, and enjoys poetry classes and performing poetry.
Antony Mair lives in Hastings. He has had poems accepted for publication in numerous magazines and several anthologies. He won first prize in the Rottingdean Writers National Poetry Competition 2016 and was shortlisted in the Live Canon Poetry Competitions 2016 and 2017.
Martin Malone was born in County Durham and now lives in Scotland. He has published two poetry collections: The Waiting Hillside (Templar, 2011) and Cur (Shoestring, 2015). His third collection, The Unreturning, is forthcoming. He edits The Interpreter’s House poetry journal.
Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham. He is of Jamaican parentage and has been Birmingham’s Poet Laureate. Roy co-edited Celebrate Wha? (Smokestack, 2011) and his first poetry collection, Beginning With Your Last Breath, was published by Nine Arches Press (2016).
Abigail Meeke is a journalist with a BA in Theology and an MA in Creative Writing. She was born and bred in West Wales but now lives in Devon with her husband and their two young daughters, Beatrice and Alexandra.
Rob Miles lives in Yorkshire. His poetry appears widely in magazines and anthologies. He has won the Philip Larkin Prize, judged by Don Paterson, and the Resurgence Prize, judged by Jo Shapcott and Imtiaz Dharker.
Cynthia Miller is a Malaysian-American poet and brand strategist. Her poems have been published in Primers Volume 2, Butcher’s Dog and Under the Radar and shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize. She is also co-director of Verve, a Birmingham Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word.
Marie Naughton’s poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies. She won the Café Writers competition in 2012 and was awarded second prize in Mslexia’s competition in 2016. Her first collection is forthcoming in 2018 from Pindrop Press.
Penny Newell has a PhD from King’s College London and is a Reader at Frontier Poetry. Her writing has featured in the TLS, The Cardiff Review, The Still Point Journal and Alien Mouth, and is forthcoming in The Portland Review and 3:AM. She is currently commissioned for Lakes Ignite 2018.
Ben Norris is a poet, playwright, and actor, and two-time national poetry slam champion. His debut solo show, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family, won the IdeasTap Underbelly Award, and his first short film, produced by Channel 4, was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award.
Paulius Norvila graduated with an MA in Economics from Vilnius University in 2009. Since 2004 he has published both poetry and prose. He is the author of three poetry collections, The Seven Seasons (2006), Drawing the Cards is Just a Part of the Ritual (2012), and The Everyday (2014).
Tish Oakwood has been addicted to words since she was a child, smuggling a torch, Scrabble board and dictionary under the bedclothes. Since then she has been published in various magazines and anthologies, and placed in competitions. Tish teaches occasional poetry workshops and short courses.
Richard O’Brien’s pamphlets include The Emmores (Emma Press, 2014) and A Bloody Mess (Valley Press, 2015). His work has featured in Oxford Poetry, Poetry London, and The Salt Book of Younger Poets. His first children’s play was produced at the Arcola Theatre in December 2016.
Catherine Olver is a Cambridge-based poet who loves to rhyme. Her doctoral research considers representations of the five senses in contemporary YA fantasy novels. Catherine holds an MA in Place & Environment Writing from Royal Holloway and was a Foyle Young Poet in 2010.
Eeva Park was born into a writers’ family in 1950 in Tallinn, Estonia. She made her debut with a poetry collection, Mõrkjas tuul (Acrid Wind, 1983), and has published a total of seven poetry collections to date, along with several award-winning novels, short stories and radio plays.
Maya Pieris has had poems published widely, including in South Poetry, and one of her play scripts won a Page to Stage Tacchi-Morris Award. Maya recently received third prize in a Jane Austen-inspired competition organised by SaveAs
Writers and the University of Kent.
Rachel Plummer is a poet who lives in Edinburgh with her partner and two young children. Rachel is a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award recipient and has recently released a pamphlet of sci-fi poems with House Press, called The Parlour Guide to Exo-Politics.
Stav Poleg’s poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry London, and Poetry Ireland Review. Her graphic-novel installation, Dear Penelope: Variations on an August Morning, with artist Laura Gressani, was acquired by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. She lives in Cambridge, UK.
Jody Porter is poetry editor for the Morning Star. His work has appeared in Magma, Best British Poetry 2013 (Salt), Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 (Eyewear) and elsewhere. Originally from Essex, he now lives in London where he is involved in the Stoke Newington Literary Festival.
Kate Potts is a London-based poet and creative writing lecturer. Her first full-length collection is Pure Hustle (Bloodaxe). Kate teaches for Oxford University, Royal Holloway, and The Poetry School. She has recently completed a PhD on the poetic radio play.
Samuel Prince lives and works in London. His poems have been published in various print and online magazines, including Cordite Poetry Review, Magma, Menacing Hedge and Poetry Salzburg Review, as well as the anthologies Birdbook 2, Coin Opera 2 and Lives Beyond Us (all Sidekick Books).
Shauna Robertson’s poems have been set to music, displayed on buses, made into comic art, hung on a pub wall, and published in various lit mags and anthologies. She has two chapbooks: Blueprints for a Minefield and Hack. Shauna also writes for children and makes artwork.
Lenni Sanders is a writer/performer in Manchester, UK. She is the general editor at Cadaverine Magazine, and makes interactive performances with Curious Things and absurdist poetry cabaret with Dead Lads. Her writing has appeared in The Tangerine, Butcher’s Dog and elsewhere. @LenniSanders
Jacqueline Saphra’s recent pamphlets are If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women (Emma Press, 2014) and A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller (Hercules Editions, 2017). Her latest collection, All My Mad Mothers (Nine Arches, 2017), is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize.
Stephen Sexton lives in Belfast. His poems have appeared in Granta, Poetry London and Best British Poetry 2015, and his pamphlet, Oils, published by the Emma Press in 2014, was the Poetry Book Society’s Winter Pamphlet Choice. He was the winner of the 2016 National Poetry Competition.
Arvis Viguls is a Latvian poet and translator based in Riga where he lives together with his wife and their cat Žižek. His work includes two award-winning poetry collections in Latvian and a book of selected poems in Spanish translation.
James Walton is an Australian poet published widely in newspapers, journals and anthologies. His work has been shortlisted twice for the ACU National Literature Prize and the MPU International Poetry Prize. His collection The Leviathan’s Apprentice was published in 2015.
Ruth Wiggins lives in London. Her poems have appeared most recently in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Long Poem Magazine and The Wolf. Her pamphlet Myrtle was published by the Emma Press in 2014 and was runner-up in the Fledgling Poetry Award. She blogs at mudpath.wordpress.com
Rachel Willems is an American poet and fiction writer who grew up in Washington State and studied poetry at the University of Washington and Boston University. Her work has appeared in The London Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review and Streetlight Magazine.
Jayde Will is a literary translator. He has an MA in Fenno-Ugric Linguistics from Tartu University. His translations of Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian authors have been published in numerous journals, including The Poetry Review, Trafika and Mantis.
Kate Wise fits poetry around two small people and a career in law. She has been published in several Emma Press anthologies, and various journals including The Rialto, Structo and Poems in Which. She grew up in Cheshire, lives in London, and tweets at @kwise62
Andrew Wynn Owen is an Examination Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. In 2015, he received an Eric Gregory Award. His first poetry pamphlet, Raspberries for the Ferry, was published by the Emma Press in 2014, followed by a collaboration with John Fuller, AWOL, in 2015.
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
Illustrated by Emma Wright
ISBN 978-1- 910139-66- 0
Publication date: 10th May 2017
80 pp / 33 poems / 10 illustrations
Price: £10 /£5.50 (ebook)
The Emma Press Anthology of Aunts explores what it means to be – and feels like to have – an aunt, historically and today. Some aunts are biological, some are chosen, but all have an impact on the way we learn to move through the world.
About the editors
Rachel Piercey is a poet and editor who also writes for children. Her poems have appeared in magazines including Magma, The Rialto, Poems In Which, Butcher’s Dog and The Poetry Review and she has two pamphlets with the Emma Press, The Flower and the Plough and Rivers Wanted.
Emma Wright worked in ebook production at Orion Publishing Group before leaving to found the Emma Press in 2012, with the support of the Prince’s Trust Explore Enterprise programme. She has since published 33 poetry books, including themed poetry anthologies and single-author pamphlets. In 2015 she was awarded a grant from Arts Council England to run Myths and Monsters, a poetry tour for children, and in 2016 the Emma Press won the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlet Publishers. She lives in Birmingham.
‘This marvellous collection featuring some striking voices and unique perspectives is a thoroughly recommended read for anyone looking to celebrate their aunts today or any other. Aunts, we salute you.’ – Literature Works
‘Though slim, the anthology ranges around the various territory of aunthood, so there is a lot for anyone who thinks about women’s roles in the family.’ – Laura Cooper, Cuckoo Review
About the poets
Natalya Anderson is a writer and former ballet dancer from Toronto, Canada. She won the Bridport Prize in 2014 for her poem ‘Clear Recent History.’ Her poems and feature writing have appeared in Poetry London, Prac Crit, The Moth and elsewhere.
J V Birch lives in Adelaide. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, journals and magazines across Australia, the UK, Canada and the US. She has two collections – Smashed glass at midnight and What the water & moon gave me – published by Ginninderra Press. She blogs at www.jvbirch.com
Lily Blacksell is a British writer living in New York, where she’s working towards a poetry MFA at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in Impakter, Poet’s Country, Foothill and Magma. She has written for Boston Review, Sabotage and Prac Crit. In 2016, Lily was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Stephen Bone’s work has appeared in magazines and anthologies in the UK and the US. His first collection, In The Cinema, was published by Playdead Press in 2014. He has a pamphlet, Plainsong, due out with Indigo Dreams in 2017.
Carole Bromley lives in York. She has two collections with Smith/Doorstop: A Guided Tour of the Ice House and The Stonegate Devil, which won the 2016 York Culture Award. Her collection for children, Blast Off!, will be published in June 2017.
Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Color of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is forthcoming from Chatto & Windus.
Mary Anne Clark studies English at Merton College, Oxford, where she won the 2016 Newdigate Prize. Her poems have appeared in ASH, The Mays, The Kindling and two Emma Press children’s poetry anthologies.
Tracy Davidson writes poetry and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies, including Mslexia, Modern Haiku, A Hundred Gourds, Journey to Crone, The Binnacle, The Great Gatsby Anthology and In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights.
Brian Docherty lived in North London for many years before moving to East Sussex, where he is part of a growing community of writers, musicians and artists. His books include Woke Up This Morning (Smokestack Books, 2012) and Independence Day (Penniless Press, 2015).
Charlotte Eichler lives in West Yorkshire and works as an editor and medievalist. Her poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Agenda, The Rialto and The Best New British and Irish Poets (Eyewear, 2017). She was commended in the 2016 Battered Moons competition.
Amy Evans is the author of The Report of the Iraq Enquiry: Poetic Summary (ff press, 2017), the broadside Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins (Salient Seedling/Woodland Pattern, 2016) and a third pamphlet CONT. (Shearsman, 2015). She performed her installation SOUND((ING))S at the ICA in 2016. She teaches at the University of Kent.
Matthew Haigh lives in Cardiff. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including the children’s poetry anthology Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters (Emma Press, 2015). He has work forthcoming in Aquanauts, a Sidekick Books anthology of visual/concrete poetry inspired by water.
Robert Hamberger has been shortlisted for a Forward prize, awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship and featured as the Guardian’s Poem of the Week. He has published six pamphlets and three full-length collections, including Torso (Redbeck, 2007). He lives in Brighton.
Jan Heritage has had poems published in several magazines and publications, including Magma, Brittle Star, Aesthetica and three other Emma Press anthologies. She has completed the Royal Holloway MA in Creative Writing and currently lives and works in Brighton.
Hilaire was poet-in-residence at Thrive Battersea for Open Garden Squares Weekend 2016. Her poems and short stories have been published in several anthologies and various magazines, including Brittle Star, Under the Radar and ARTEMISpoetry. Her novel Hearts on Ice was published by Serpent’s Tail in 2000.
Kathleen Jones’ first collection, Not Saying Goodbye at Gate 21, won the Straid Award. Her recent pamphlet, Mapping Emily, won the 2016 Templar Iota Shots award. Her second collection, The Rainmaker’s Wife, is due out with Indigo Dreams in 2017. Kathleen is a novelist and biographer and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
Angela Kirby was born in Lancashire but now lives in London, having spent a lot of time in France, Spain and the US. Her poems have won prizes and commendations in several major competitions. Shoestring Press published her last four collections and she is now working on her fifth.
Gill Learner grew up in Birmingham but now lives in Reading. She has won a number of prizes, including the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Award, and been published in many magazines and anthologies. Her collections, The Agister’s Experiment (2011) and Chill Factor (2016), are published by Two Rivers Press.
Rachel Long is a poet, curator and facilitator. She is an alumna of the Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship scheme and is currently assistant tutor to Jacob Sam-La Rose on the Barbican Young Poets programme. She is the leader of Octavia, a poetry collective for women of colour at Southbank Centre, London.
Gill McEvoy has had two collections published with Cinnamon Press and three pamphlets with HappenStance, the second of which, The First Telling, won the Michael Marks Award in 2015. She runs a poetry reading group, a Poetry Breakfast and a workshop group in her home town.
David McKelvie makes maps in Glasgow, lives in Greenock and writes mainly for himself aged twelve. His poems have appeared occasionally in a handful of publications.
Mia grew up in the hills and forests of mid Wales. Her poetry has appeared widely on postcards to friends, letters to lovers and on the backs of lavatory doors. She has previously been published in an anthology of poems when she was twelve years old.
Joan Michelson’s recent publications include a second full collection, Landing Stage (Sentinel Books, 2017), which examines refugees and immigrants, and a chapbook, Bloomvale Home (Original Plus Books, 2016), which examines residents in a care home. ‘Aunt Syl’ is from The Family Kitchen, a work in progress.
Isabel S. Miles lives, writes and walks in the North Yorkshire Moors. She has published work in WTD, The View from Here, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Shooter, Grey Sparrow Journal and Toasted Cheese. One of her poems was shortlisted for the 2015 Keats-Shelley prize. She is currently working on a novel.
Winifred Mok is an actress and filmmaker (Kin: Fallen Star) with a passion for stories, books and site-specific theatre. She studied English Literature and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham. Her projects and poems explore the spaces of language, culture and identity.
Margot Myers, aunt and great-aunt, lives in Oxford. She has been placed or commended in several poetry competitions and shortlisted for the Bridport Flash Fiction prize. She has poems in The Emma Press Anthology of Dance (2015) and Urban Myths and Legends (Emma Press, 2016).
After retiring from her New York law practice, Anita S. Pulier served as a US representative for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom at the United Nations. Her chapbooks Perfect Diet, The Lovely Mundane and Sounds of Morning are published by Finishing Line Press.
Kim M. Russell is a retired teacher. She has lived in North Norfolk for twenty-five years, where she is inspired by the coast, big skies, her cats and her wild garden. She writes poetry every day, from haiku and tanka to sonnets and villanelles.
Elisabeth Sennitt Clough lives in Norfolk with her husband and three children. Her pamphlet Glass was a winner in the inaugural Paper Swans pamphlet competition and has been shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet in the 2017 Saboteur Awards.Her debut collection Sightings was published by Pindrop Press.
Ruthie Starling is a Shropshire-based poet and artist. She writes about nature, family and modern life. She has had work published in books and magazines and does regular readings. She is currently working on a novel, illustrating her children’s book and preparing her first poetry collection.
As a child in Scunthorpe, Rob Walton had many lovely aunts. He now lives on Tyneside. He has been published by the Emma Press, Frances Lincoln, Butcher’s Dog, IRON Press, Arachne and others. With sculptor Russ Coleman, he created the New Hartley Memorial Pathway and Concrete 64 for Fountain17. Oddness at www.linesofdesire.co.uk
Kate White lives in London and works part-time at the Poetry Society. Her pamphlet, The Old Madness, won the 2013 Poetry School/Pighog Press Pamphlet Prize and was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice.
Simon Williams was elected The Bard of Exeter in 2013 and founded the large-format magazine, The Broadsheet. Simon has seven published collections. His latest pamphlet, Spotting Capybaras in the Work of Marc Chagall, launched in April 2016 and his latest full collection, Inti, was published in July 2016.
Anna Woodford’s poetry collection Birdhouse (Salt, 2010) won the Crashaw Prize. She is poet-in-residence at York University’s CoMotion Centre and a Peer Reviewer for Creative Scotland. She has received a Leverhulme Award, a Gregory Award and has a doctorate in the poetry of Sharon Olds. www.annawoodford.co.uk
Edited by Eve Lacey
Illustrated by Emma Wright
Paperback ISBN 978-1-910139-45-5
Publication date: 20th October 2016
80 pages / 33 poems / 10 illustrations
Price: £10 (paperback)/£5.50 (ebook)
The poems in The Emma Press Anthology of the Sea ask how the human mind can fathom the ocean’s depths. Poets explore the environmental implications of our actions on the waters which nourish us, and embark on voyages of self-discovery.
‘The sea is powerful, raging, angry, delightful, destructive, calming… it is all these things at once and that is something which is explored in these poems. In a world where issues of climate change and ocean power are discussed as second nature, the skilful poets contained within this fascinating book give the sea its voice back. […] These poems explore the ways in which our relationship with the sea changes as we grow older and certainly provoke thought on the subject, long after the final poem has been read and the raging storm of the sea has calmed. Thoroughly recommended.’ – LiteratureWorks
‘Eve Lacey’s selection carries us through a multitude of emotional landscapes with confidence and ease, thanks to the distinct voices and compelling points of view of the chosen poets. […] The poems in this anthology stand alone, but also spark off each other in interesting ways; the whole satisfyingly adds up to more than the sum of it’s parts’ – James O’Leary, Sabotage Reviews
‘The Emma Press Anthology of the Sea is a captivating, diverse and perceptive collection that expertly plumbs the complex depths of our relationships with the sea. […] ‘ – Aoife Lyall
‘I landed belatedly on this collection and I’m kicking myself for not exploring it earlier. As a non-swimmer with a sensible wariness of water, I do enjoy the sea – from a distance. Some of these well-chosen poems plunge you right in and under the water and are gripping but somewhat scary. Others skirt the edges of the sea or bob about on its surface, leaving me feeling slightly safer if a bit queasy. But what a collection it is.’ – Judy Gordon, Write Out Loud
‘The Emma Press Anthology of the Sea is an amphibious little book as much concerned with internal states of mind as physical realities; a stance which frames this heavily anthologized topic in a fresh and modern way. From Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner to The Seafarer, literature is awash with compelling stories and poems about the oceans but so much of our relationship with the sea has been concerned with conquest, of harnessing its power to our own ends, mastering territory, and of over-riding currents and (trade) winds. This little book is not concerned with such matters.’ – Sarah Westcott, Poetry School
About the editor
Eve Lacey is from Brighton and lives in Cambridge, where she works as a librarian. She is the editor of Furies, an anthology of contemporary women’s poetry published by For Books’ Sake in 2014.
About the poets
Natalya Anderson is a writer and former ballet dancer from Toronto, Canada. She won the Bridport Prize in 2014 for her poem ‘Clear Recent History.’ Her poems and feature writing have appeared in Poetry London, Prac Crit, The Moth and elsewhere.
Yvonne Baker has been published widely in magazines, including Artemis, Acumen and Orbis. She recently had a poem published in Second Light’s anthology Fanfare.
Kaddy Benyon is a Granta New Poet and has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes. Her first collection, Milk Fever, won the Crashaw Prize and was published by Salt in 2012. She is currently writing her second collection during a residency at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge.
Claire Booker works as a medical herbalist in London. Her poems have appeared in Ambit, Magma, The Morning Star, The North, Orbis, The Rialto and New Welsh Reader among others. Her stage plays have been performed in the UK, Europe, Australia and America. She is currently associate writer with Goblin Baby Theatre.
Nancy Campbell is a writer and visual artist whose work examines the polar regions and water conservation. Recent books include How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic, which won the Birgit Skiöld Award in 2013, and her debut poetry collection Disko Bay (Enitharmon, 2015) which was shortlisted for the 2016 Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
Geraldine Clarkson has always wanted to live by the sea but is possibly living at the furthest point away from it in Warwickshire. She spent childhood summers on the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland. She is showcased in Primers Volume 1 from Nine Arches Press and ‘Dora…’ is the title poem of her new Laureate’s Choice pamphlet (smith|doorstop, October 2016).
Holly Corfield Carr received an Eric Gregory Award in 2012. She works on site-specific commissions, writing at sea, underground or in a car park. Her poem ‘Aft’ was installed on a ferry service in Bristol Harbour and performances for an 18th-century crystal grotto were published as a pamphlet in 2014.
Ellie Danak is an Edinburgh-based poet with a background in researching Swedish crime novels. Her poems have been published in a wide range of anthologies and magazines. She is on the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Awards 2016 shortlist.
Katherine Gallagher is a widely-published poet resident in North London. She has five full-length poetry collections, most recently Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems (Arc, 2010) – ‘its natural territory the exotic and unknown, the fringe and carnivalesque’ (The Poetry Review). Her next collection, Acres of Light, is due in 2016.
Rebecca Goss’s second collection, Her Birth (Carcanet/Northern House, 2013), has been shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Warwick Prize for Writing 2015 and the 2015 Portico Prize for Literature. In 2014 she was selected for The Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets.
Brian Grant grew up in Ireland and now lives in Whitstable, Kent. This is his first published poem.
Jan Heritage has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway and has had poems published in several magazines and anthologies. Back in the day she was Faber’s Promotions Manager. Now she teaches yoga in Brighton.
Paul Howarth was born in Chester and now lives in Suffolk with his wife and two boys. He works promoting reading through libraries and beyond, contributing to various national and regional reader development projects. He has poems published by the Emma Press (Slow Things) and The Next Review.
Sarah Howe’s Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015) won the T. S. Eliot prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her debut pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia, won an Eric Gregory Award in 2010. She is a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Kavita A. Jindal is the author of the poetry collection Raincheck Renewed. Her short story, ‘A Flash of Pepper’, won the Vintage Books/Foyles Haruki Murakami prize. Her work has appeared in literary journals, anthologies and newspapers around the world and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Angela Kirby was born in Lancashire and now lives in London. She has been a chef, garden designer, journalist and written five non-fiction books. Her widely-published poems have won several prizes, including BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year, 1995 and 2001. Her fourth collection is The Days After Always (Shoestring Press, 2015).
Joan Lennon lives in Fife. She is by day a novelist and short story writer, but by night she’s all poet. Her first pamphlet, Her Lines, My Lines, was commissioned by the BOOKMARK Book Festival in 2014 and illustrated by the wildly talented Kyla Tomlinson.
Julie Maclean, based on the Surf Coast, Australia, is the author of Kiss of the Viking; To Have to Follow, a collaboration with Terry Quinn; and When I saw Jimi (Indigo Dreams, 2013), which won the Geoff Stevens Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Crashaw Prize. Her chapbook Lips That Did is due out in 2017 with Dancing Girl Press. www.juliemacleanwriter.com
Amy McCauley’s poetry has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including The Poetry of Sex (Viking), Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe) and Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt). Amy is a PhD candidate at Aberystwyth University and poetry editor for New Welsh Review.
Simon McCormack’s poems have appeared in a number of magazines including The Rialto, Interpreter’s House and The Poetry Review. His pamphlet, A History of Scraps, is published by Erbacce Press.
Joseph Minden’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tears in the Fence, PN Review, The Literateur and elsewhere. He recently completed a residency at The Koppel Project, out of which came his first pamphlet, Soft Hans. He regularly collaborates with composer Laurence Osborn and artist Kat Addis.
Sara Nesbitt Gibbons’ poems have been published in journals and anthologies and performed as theatre, as well as commended
and listed in poetry competitions. Her mother smoked fish and dressed crabs. Sara’s archived blog on wearing everything she had is at saranesbitt.co.uk
Genevieve Osborne lives in Sydney, Australia. She holds an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Sydney. Her poems have appeared in various journals including Southerly, Meanjin and Island. She was joint winner of the Henry Lawson Prize for Poetry 1999 and runner-up in the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize 2007.
Megan Pattie lives on the North East coast, where she co-hosts popular poetry night The Stanza and is completing a Masters in Poetry at Durham University. She was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2009 and her work has appeared in Paper and Ink, Parallel, and more.
Susan Richardson is a Wales-based poet, performer and educator. Her third poetry collection, skindancing, themed around human-animal metamorphosis and exploring our intimacy with, and alienation from, the wild and our animal selves, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2015. She is currently poet-in-residence with the Marine Conservation Society.
Jacqueline Saphra’s The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye) was nominated for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. The Saboteur Award-winning If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women was published by the Emma Press in 2014 and All My Mad Mothers is due from Nine Arches Press in 2017.
Claire Trévien is the Anglo-Breton author of Low-Tide Lottery (Salt, 2011), The Shipwrecked House (Penned in the Margins, 2013), and Astéronymes (Penned in the Margins, 2016). She founded Sabotage Reviews.
Anna Vaught is a secondary English teacher, one-to-one tutor, freelance writer, copywriter and mental health campaigner and advocate. Her debut novel, Killing Hapless Ally, was published by Patrician Press in 2016 and she is currently working on a new novel, a YA text, some short stories and a book for younger readers about coping with difficult emotions.
Diana Whitney writes across the genres in Southern Vermont. Her first book, Wanting It, was an indie bestseller and won the Rubery International Book Award in poetry. She is the poetry columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, and her essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in The Rumpus, Salon, The Washington Post, and many more.
Sophie S. Wright grew up in London and now earns a living making science documentaries. A prizewinner in the Foyle and Tower Young Poet Awards, her work has also been published in tube carriages across the London Underground, and in a Macmillan anthology of children’s poems.
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
Aimed at children aged 8+
Paperback ISBN 978-1-910139-43-1
Publication date: 29th September 2016
Page count: 128
Price: £8.50 (paperback)/£4.25 (ebook)
How big is the universe? Are there dogs in space? What if your friend – or your granddad – was an alien? Join the poets in wondering in Watcher of the Skies, a sparkling collection of poems about the outermost possibilities of space, life and our imaginations.
Fully illustrated by Emma Wright and accompanied with helpful facts from space scientist Rachel Cochrane (Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh) and ideas for writing poems from Rachel Piercey, this is the perfect companion for any budding stargazer or astronaut.
‘This is a book which truly has something for everyone. From poems considering BIG topics, perfect for quiet contemplation such as ‘But How Big is the Universe?’ to those which are designed to be read and shared aloud: ‘Comet’ (which simply must be heard – how will you respond to the challenge it sets?), there are hours of sharing, reading and discovering to be done through an exploration of the space themed poetic treasures contained in this collection. […] This is a collection that well deserves a place on the shelves of any young science enthusiasts and which we’re sure will also bring adult readers plenty to discover and marvel at. A thoroughly recommended collection.’ – One Giant Read
‘A delightful book of poetry inspired by space, planets, astronauts, and aliens, with contributions from nearly 30 British poets. There are long poems, short poems, metered and not, with tone ranging from awestruck to silly, dreamy to defiant. Scribbly illustrations reminiscent of Quentin Blake accompany the poems. […] At the end of the book is a list of prompts for kids to write space-inspired poetry, and short biographies of all of the poets. Give this book to your kids’ English teachers!’ – Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society
‘This book has one main theme: space and aliens, and at first I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy it at all (the theme didn’t really appeal to me) but by the end I realised I really, really enjoyed this book. The poems were quick, short and fun, as well as being packed full of interesting imagery. The book also had facts and space-inspired imaged sprinkled throughout, which made it a much more enjoyable read.’ – Jacob, age thirteen, Scoop Magazine
About the editors
Rachel Piercey (pictured, left) is a poet and editor for adults and children. She regularly performs her poems and runs writing workshops at schools and festivals across the country. Rachel co-edits the Emma Press books alongside Emma, who is one of her best friends from secondary school. Rachel’s poems have appeared in The Rialto, Magma, Poems in Which, Butcher’s Dog and The Poetry Review, as well as various Emma Press pamphlets and anthologies, and in 2008 she won the Newdigate Prize. She lives in London.
Emma Wright (pictured above, right) runs the Emma Press. After studying Classics at Brasenose College, Oxford, she did various odd jobs and ended up working in ebook production at Orion Publishing Group. She left in 2012 to follow her dreams and start a small publishing house. She lives in Birmingham.
Rachel Cochrane (pictured, right) grew up in London but has now crossed the border to study for a PhD in Astrophysics in Edinburgh. She studies the properties of galaxies and how they evolve over time.
About the poets
Sohini Basak will never forget the time her brother woke her up at dawn to show the International Space Station orbiting over their hometown. She studied literature and creative writing at the universities of Delhi, Warwick and East Anglia, where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury continuation grant for poetry.
John Canfield grew up in Cornwall and now tries not to be a grown up in London. He writes poems and sometimes people put them in books and sometimes they don’t. A promising career as a clown was scuppered by his desire to grow a beard.
Mary Anne Clark is reading English at Merton College, Oxford, and won the Newdigate Prize in 2016. Her poems have appeared in The Mays, Oxford Poetry, Ash and Flight, an anthology responding to the refugee crisis. She also has a poem in the Emma Press’s Falling Out of the Sky.
Mandy Coe is the author of eight books and works regularly with schools and universities through author’s visits. Her poetry has been published on the Poetry Archive, the Guardian, Radio Times and BBC television and radio. Her most recent collections are There Will be Cherries (Shoestring Press, 2016) and If You Could See Laughter (Salt, 2010).
Rebecca Colby taught English in Taiwan, worked for a Russian comedian and travelled the world as a tour director before she started writing books and poems for children. Her books include There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie (2014), It’s Raining Bats & Frogs (2015) and Motor Goose, coming out in 2017.
Dom Conlon is a children’s writer, poet and space biscuit. His work regularly appears in Stew Magazine and alongside The Funeverse poets.
Dharmavadana’s poems and short stories have appeared in many magazines. He has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 2005 and is poetry editor of the Buddhist arts magazine, Urthona. He has been working on a novel about Mars for three years and hopes to finish it eventually.
Julie Anna Douglas lives on the west coast of Scotland with her husband, son and daughter. Her poetry has appeared in Spider and Ember magazines in the USA, The Caterpillar in Ireland and various anthologies. She was shortlisted in 2015 for the National Literacy Trust/Bloomsbury Children’s Books Poetry Prize and is a writer for Amazing! Children’s Educational Magazine.
Sarah Doyle is the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s poet-in-residence. She has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, placed in many competitions, and is co-author of Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System (PS Publishing, 2014). Sarah is studying for a Creative Writing MA at Royal Holloway College.
Inua Ellams was born in Nigeria and is an award-winning poet, playwright and founder of the Midnight Run. Identity, displacement and destiny are reoccurring themes in his work, in which he tries mixing the old with the new, the traditional with the contemporary. His books are published by Flipped Eye, Akashic and Oberon.
David Harmer has written many collections of poems of children’s poems as well as having other poems and stories published all over the place. He was a headteacher but he’s lots better now and has spent many years working in schools getting everybody to write poems and laugh.
Philip Monks has published the pamphlets Wake Up!, Nursery Verse and Wrap Yourself Up and co-edited the poetry anthology Iris Of A Peeping Eye. He performs regularly and has run many poetry projects. He is a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newman University and the University of Birmingham.
Cheryl Moskowitz is poet-in-residence at Highfield, a large multicultural north London primary school with over 48 languages spoken. Publications and broadcasts include Poetry Pie (CBeebies), Can It Be About Me? (Frances Lincoln), A Life in the Year of… Poetry at Highfield and The Girl is Smiling (Circle Time Press).
Dale Neal lives in the village of Barrowford in Lancashire. When not cutting hair he can be found writing about monkeys, monsters and bouncy castles. His first book, Hippo in a Half Pipe, is due for release in early 2017.
Rachael M Nicholas was born in Birmingham in 1987. Her work has appeared in Magma, Gigantic Sequins, The Cadaverine magazine and Banshee. In 2012 she won an Eric Gregory Award. Her first pamphlet, Somewhere Near in the Dark, was published by Eyewear Publishing in 2014.
Richard O’Brien’s poems for children were published in Falling Out of the Sky by the Emma Press in 2015. He has since seen them reimagined in drawings and performed back to him as choreographed dance routines. In 2015, he took part in the Myths and Monsters poetry tour, and now does author visits for the charity Pop Up Projects. Richard has never been to space, but he did once nearly fall asleep in the San Francisco Planetarium.
Suzanne Olivante lives in Sussex and writes poetry and jokes for children. Her work has been placed in competitions and published in anthologies. She was placed second in the Plough Prize Poem for Children in 2010 and was a finalist for the National Literacy Trust Poetry Prize in 2015.
Abigail Parry spent seven years as a toymaker, before completing her PhD in play and games in contemporary poetry. She can most commonly be found writing about beguiling animals, unhappy monsters, magic and mischief. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2010.
Gita Ralleigh has completed her MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London and published stories in Wasafiri and the Bellevue Literary Review. She is working on a novel for children, a steampunk fantasy set in India in which mechanical elephants feature.
Robert Schechter has published in Highlights for Children, National Geographic Book of Nature Poems, The Washington Post, Anon, Leviathan Quarterly and elsewhere. He lives on Long Island, New York.
Lawrence Schimel was born in New York and has lived in Madrid, Spain, for over 17 years. He won the Rhysling Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association in 2002. His poems are anthologized in The Random House Treasury of Light Verse, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The Book of Dreams, and Slow Things (Emma Press, 2015).
Mike Sims is studied English at Oxford University. He co-founded Forest Poets and works for The Poetry Society. ‘Alien Boy’ is inspired by Michael Ondaatje’s wonderful novel, The Cat’s Table (Vintage, 2012).
Camellia Stafford was born in Warwickshire and she read English Literature and Language at King’s College London. Her debut pamphlet, another pretty colour, another break for air is published by tall-lighthouse and Letters to the Sky, her first collection, is published by Salt. Camellia lives in Warwickshire and works in museum education.
Jon Stone is one half of Sidekick Books, who publish collaborative anthologies of poetry on the subject of computer games, animals, dinosaurs and more. He is a survivor of the Lego Ice Planet Wars and an infamously terrible A-wing pilot.
Kate Wakeling lives in Oxford. When not writing poems, she works as an ethnomusicologist at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and writer-in-residence with Aurora Orchestra. A pamphlet of her poetry (The Rainbow Faults) is published by The Rialto and a collection of poetry for children aged 8+ (Moon Juice) has just been published by the Emma Press.
Rob Walton is a writer and performer of poetry for children and adults, as well as short stories, scripts and flash fiction. He won the 2015 NFFD micro-fiction award and his poems have been published by the Emma Press (Slow Things), Butcher’s Dog and others. His
children’s poems were published in Let’s Play! (Frances Lincoln).
Kate Wise fits poetry around two under-fives and a career in law. She has been published in various magazines in print and online, most recently in Structo and Poems in Which. Her work appeared in two Emma Press anthologies in 2015.