Search Results for: watcher of the skies

Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright

An Emma Press Children's Anthology Approximate reading age: for reading aloud to children aged 6+; for children aged 8+ to read on their own Read-more-button→ Read more

line

Watcher of the SkiesEdited 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)

Buy now

line

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.

line

Reviews

‘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

line

About the editors

Rachel and EmmaRachel 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.

Rachel CochraneEmma 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.

line

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.

Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright

An Emma Press Children's Anthology Approximate reading age: for reading aloud to children aged 6+; for children aged 8+ to read on their own Read-more-button→ Read more
Treat yourself (or a friend) to a pair of fantastic children’s poetry books. We’ve assembled a couple of complementary sets of children’s books, so just pick a subject and discover some exciting new voices in children’s poetry. Two Emma Press Children's Collections Approximate reading age: for reading aloud to children aged 6+;→ Read more

Award-winning publisher the Emma Press is publishing The Head That Wears a Crown: Poems About Kings and Queens, an anthology of eye-opening, entertaining and educational poems for children aged 8+ about the lives and histories of many kings and queens who ruled in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

→ Read more

line

Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright

Illustrated by Emma Wright

Paperback ISBN 978-1-910139-76-9
Publication date: 6th December 2018
63 poems / 150 pages
Price: £12 (paperback)

Buy now

line

Which King had a mischievous pet monkey? Which ruthless Queen enjoyed toasting people to a crisp? Whose reign lasted only nine days? The Head That Wears A Crown is a captivating collection that features the Kings and Queens of the British Isles as you’ve never seen them before.

Read Queen Victoria’s Twitter posts and young Elizabeth I’s letters to her father’s latest wife. Hear the muddy marching song of King Harold’s soldiers and learn which royal was Danish as a pastry, but nothing like as sweet! Intriguing, comical and accompanied by fascinating historical facts, these vibrant poems are a joy to read, bringing a long line of daring and devious monarchs to life.

line

Reviews

‘This anthology picks up on not just the expected, but hones in on the misfits, the misunderstood, the forgotten, the interesting, the known but not as you expected, the almost unknown and the possibly wish you hadn’t known power brokers of British history… Ideal as an impetus for creative writing and literacy teaching, this anthology includes shape poetry, rhyming couplets, conversation poems, blank verse, ballads and narrative verse… There’s also an interview with historian Dr Kate Wiles of History Today – which will appeal to children looking to delve deeper into the characters.’  The School Reading List

line

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. rachelpierceypoet.com

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.

line

About the poets

Aileen Ballantyne is the former staff medical correspondent for the Guardian and the Sunday Times and her investigative journalism has twice been commended in the British Press Awards. Aileen has a PhD in Creative Writing and Modern Poetry from Edinburgh University, where she now teaches Literature and Contemporary Poetry.

Meghan Ballard was adopted from South Korea, but now lives in the Rocky Mountains of Utah with her husband and two young children. As a child, she was sure she was misplaced royalty, but to her dismay, they have yet to come claim her. This is her first published poem.

Jerrold Bowam is 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.

Melanie Branton writes and performs both funny and serious poems. She has worked as an English and Drama teacher and as an assistant theatre director, but has, sadly, never been a queen. Her poetry collections for adults are My Cloth-Eared Heart (Oversteps, 2017) and Can You See Where I’m Coming From? (Burning Eye, 2018).

Carole Bromley was shortlisted for the 2014 Manchester Writing for Children Award and her poem ‘Goldilocks’ was performed at the CLiPPA Awards in 2015. She was highly commended in the Caterpillar Competition 2016 and her first collection for children, Blast Off!, was published by Smith Doorstop in 2017.

Jane Burn spent her childhood wrapping bath-towel capes around herself while wearing tin-foil crowns. She thinks kings and queens are fascinating – there are so many of them and most have done some very odd, fascinating, terrible or wonderful stuff. They are well worth learning about.

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 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.

Rebecca Colby taught English in Taiwan, worked for a Russian comedian and travelled the world as a tour director before writing books and poems for children. Her books include There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie, It’s Raining Bats & Frogs, Motor Goose and Captain Bling’s Christmas Plunder.

Shauna Darling Robertson’s poems for adults and children have been performed by actors, set to music, displayed on buses, made into comic art, hung on a pub wall and published in a bunch of books and magazines. She has two chapbooks, Blueprints for a Minefield (Fair Acre Press, 2016) and Love Bites (Dancing Girl Press, 2018).

Dharmavadana is fascinated by history, and living in London he feels surrounded by it. He has written several historical poems and one story set in the Middle Ages, about a knight, a monk and twin monsters. He has a (non-historical) poem in the Emma Press anthology Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens.

Julie Anna Douglas lives on the West Coast of Scotland. Her poetry has appeared in Spider and Ember magazines in USA and in The Caterpillar in Ireland, and her poem ‘Recipe for Cosmic Cupcakes’ featured in Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens. She is a writer for Amazing Children’s Educational Magazine.

Matthew Haigh lives and works in Cardiff. His poems have appeared in Poetry London, Poetry Wales, Magma and the Guardian. He has also contributed to the Sidekick Books anthology Coin Opera II: Fulminare’s Revenge, a book of poems inspired by computer games.

Jack Houston lives in London with his wife and two young sons. He works in Hackney’s public libraries where he holds free poetry workshops that you (yes, you) are welcome to too. He likes playing the drums for his band, Bugeye, and walking Raffles, his very silly dog.

Kirsten Irving lives in London and is the joint ruler of Sidekick Books. She has minimal conquests to her name, but counts among her titles High Priestess of Crows and Devourer of Books. @KoftheTriffids

Anna Kisby is a poet and mother of three living in Devon. She’s loved history ever since seeing Tudor graffiti in Queen Elizabeth I’s cell in the Tower of London on a school trip. She won the BBC Proms Poetry competition 2016 and has poems in various magazines and anthologies.

David McKelvie lives at the top of a hill in Greenock, Scotland. Each day, he passes Dumbarton Rock, once home to the now forgotten kingdom of Alt Clut. All his poems are written to be heard by children.

Emma Rose Millar writes historical fiction for adults and poetry for children. Her novel Five Guns Blazing was first place category winner in The Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction. Her novella, The Women Friends: Selina was shortlisted for the Goethe Award in 2016. She has recently published her third novel, Delirium, with Crooked Cat Books.

Fiona Mills wrote lots of poems and stories when she was at school, but stopped when she grew up and became a journalist. Now she has three children of her own, she has starting making things up again. Queen Anne’s Lace is the first of her poems to be published.

Brian Moses has been a professional poet/writer-in-schools/anthologist/percussionist since 1988. He has published over 200 books and his Macmillan poetry books have sold over a million copies. He is featured on the Poetry Archive. His latest book is Lost Magic: The Very Best of Brian Moses (Macmillan).

Laura Mucha studied flying trapeze, philosophy and psychology, and swam in Antarctica before becoming a lawyer. Now she’s a full time poet, author and performer. She won the Caterpillar Poetry Prize, Poetry Ireland featured her as one of eight poets displayed on the Dublin overground, and her debut book is Love Factually (Bloomsbury).

Alan Murphy has written lots of strange poems for children and teenagers, which he usually illustrates with his own colourful collages. His books Prometheus Unplugged and Psychosilly were shortlisted for the Irish CAP awards. His latest collection is All Gums Blazing. He lives in West Waterford and is not mad.

Rachael M Nicholas is a poet from Birmingham. In 2012 she was lucky enough to win the Eric Gregory Award. Her poems in previous Emma Press anthologies have been about space (very big!), the Minotaur (very scary!) and Ariadne (very, very clever!).

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). In 2017, he won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors for his poetry.

Suzanne Olivante’s grandmother worked in service to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in London and Balmoral Castle, spending hours polishing oodles of copper saucepans. Suzanne’s poems have been published in several anthologies for children, placed in competitions and she was shortlisted for the National Literacy Trust Poetry Prize in 2015.

Catherine Olver is studying for a PhD in children’s literature at the University of Cambridge. Katherine Parr has been her historical heroine since she played Katherine in a Year 5 play. Her drama teacher said he chose her for the part because she sits up straight, like a queen. She hopes her poem in this book will atone for her dreadful acting.

Kate O’Neil lives on the Northern Illawarra coast of NSW, Australia. Her poems for children have been published in magazines and anthologies including The Caterpillar and Let in the Stars. She was shortlisted for the 2014 Manchester Poetry for Children prize and her collection, Cool Poems will be published by Triple D Books in 2018.

John H Rice teaches, assesses and writes all sorts of educational materials. Sometimes he is afflicted by poetry and he has to write the poems down to stop them pinging around his head. He lives very near to where King Sweyn is rumoured to have moored his fleet.

Catherine Rockwood studied early-modern literature and history at St. Andrews, and Yale University. She lives in Massachusetts with her family, and hopes Owen, Iris and Tobias may enjoy this collection of poetry.

Toby Sligo lives with his wife and cat by the sea. When he is not reading or writing, he enjoys long country walks. This is his first published poem.

Jennifer Watson went on a spot of leave from the Cabinet Office, acquired two dogs and forgot to go back. She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize and the Manchester Writing For Children Prize. Jennifer lives in a small village in Kent.

Jeremy Wikeley had an illustrated ‘Kings and Queens of England’ Ladybird book when he was a kid, and ended up studying History at university. These two things weren’t unconnected. Jeremy works for the Orwell Foundation.

Kate Wise has been published in various Emma Press anthologies, and journals including the Rialto, Structo, and Poems in Which. Despite owning several of those rulers from museums, she is yet to learn the order of the British Monarchs… She grew up in Cheshire, and tweets at @kwise62

Elli Woollard grew up thinking she was distantly related to royalty, only to discover that her ancestors had told massive fibs about their heritage. Like them, Elli likes telling stories, but she gets them published. The author of several picture books, she lives in London with her husband and four children.

Ros Woolner works as a translator from her home in Wolverhampton, which she shares with her partner, her two children and a black cat called Henry who likes to walk across laptops and sit on paper.

 

The Emma Press is looking for poems about kings and queens, for a new anthology aimed at children aged 8+. The deadline for submissions is 13th November 2016 and the book will be published in September 2017.

→ Read more

The Emma Press is launching their second anthology of poems for children aged 8+ on 1st October 2016. Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens is edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright and features poems from established poets such as Mandy Coe, Inua Ellams and Cheryl Moskowitz, as well as newer poets such as Sohini Basak and Mary Anne Clark.

→ Read more

The Emma Press is launching Moon Juice, Kate Wakeling’s first collection of children’s poems, on 18th September 2016.

→ Read more

The Adventures of Na Willa
By Reda Gaudiamo
ISBN 978-1-910139-59-2

A collection of stories following Na Willa, a bright and adventurous little girl growing up in Surabaya, Indonesia.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

When It Rains
By Rassi Narika
ISBN 978-1-910139-63-9

Kira joins her friends Ana and Ilo for an adventure in the rain.

READ MORE / PRE-ORDER

Dragons of the Prime
Edited by Richard O’Brien
ISBN 978-1-912915-05-7

An anthology of poems for children about the fascinating world of dinosaurs.

READ MORE / PRE-ORDER NOW

Everything That Can Happen: The Emma Press Book of Future Poems
Edited by Suzannah Evans and Tom Sastry
ISBN 9781910139523

Poems about the near and distant future.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

The Girl Who Learned All the Languages of the World
By Ieva Flamingo
ISBN 9781912915095

Join Lela on her journey to learn all the languages of the world, one word at a time…

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Elastic Glue
By Kathy Pimlott
ISBN 978-1-912915-07-1

Poems about inner-city living and allotments.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

 

Wain
Poems for teens by Rachel Plummer
ISBN 978-1-910139-47-9

A collection of LGBT themed children’s poetry based on retellings of Scottish myths.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Second Place Rosette
Edited by Emma Wright and Richard O’Brien
ISBN 9781910139554

A collection of poems about the customs, rituals and practices that make up life in modern Britain.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

The Dog Who Found Sorrow
A picture book by Rūta Briede & Elīna Brasliņa
ISBN 9781910139547

The story of a dog who wakes to find his hometown covered in thick black clouds and goes out in search of the source.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

The Head That Wears A Crown
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
ISBN 9781910139769

A children’s poetry anthology featuring the Kings and Queens of the British Isles.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Bicki-Books
Picture books by Arnolds Auziņš, Janis Baltvilks, Pēters Brūveris, Herberts Dobre, Valdis Grenkovs, and Maija Laukmane

A collectible series of six pocket-sized picture books featuring modern nursery rhymes.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Some Cannot Be Caught
Edited by Anja Konig and Liane Strauss
ISBN 978‑1‑910139‑88‑2

These poems rustle and roar with the voices of animals and humans, coexisting on Earth.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

In Transit
Edited by Sarah Jackson and Tim Youngs
ISBN 978-1-910139-94-3

Whether sailing in a stately cruise liner or running for a grimy commuter train, this book is a companion for the journey.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Once Upon a Time in Birmingham
Stories by Louise Palfreyman
ISBN 978-1-910139-51-6

A lively introduction to thirty of Birmingham’s most awe-inspiring women, past and present.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Everyone’s the Smartest
By Contra & Ulla Saar
ISBN 978-1-910139-99-8

Everyone’s the Smartest is a collection of poems which tell strange new stories in familiar school settings. Translated from Estonian.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Anthology of Love
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
ISBN 978‑1‑910139‑56‑1

Fifty-six poets speak to what love means to them right here, right now.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Bezdelki
By Carol Rumens
ISBN 978‑1‑910139‑80‑6

Elegies for a late partner which explore the principle that death, even for atheists, isn’t purely loss.

READ MOREBUY NOW

Queen of Seagulls
By Rūta Briede
ISBN 978‑1‑910139‑13‑4

A story of seagulls, music, mystery, and true love. A picture book for all ages. Translated from Latvian.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

 

The Book of Clouds
By Juris Kronbergs
ISBN 978‑1‑910139‑14‑1

A mix of dreamy fantasy and scientific fact in these poems introduce children to the world of clouds. Translated from Latvian.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Paisley
By Rakhshan Rizwan
ISBN 978-1-910139-78-3

Rakhshan Rizwan unpacks class and identity in the context of Pakistan and South Asia.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Birmingham Jazz Incarnation
By Simon Turner
ISBN 978-1-910139-86-8

Simon Turner decomposes and recomposes one poem.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Now You Can Look
By Julia Bird, illustrated by Anna Vaivare
ISBN 978-1-910139-84-4

The story of a woman who takes one glance at conventional early-twentieth-century life, and throws in her lot with art instead.

READ MORE BUY NOW

The Secret Box
By Daina Tabūna
ISBN 978-1-910139-90-5

A collection of three coming-of-age stories about young women. Translated from Latvian.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

The Noisy Classroom
By Ieva Flamingo
ISBN 978-1-910139-82-0

Poems for children which capture the emotional highs and lows of childhood with a sharp, surreal eye and a touching sympathy. Translated from Latvian.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Postcard Stories
By Jan Carson
ISBN 978-1-910139-68-4

Every day in 2015, Jan Carson wrote a story on the back of a postcard and mailed it to a friend. This is a collection of the highlights.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Pisanki
By Zosia Kuczyńska
ISBN 978-1-910139-72-1

In 1940, a young girl is taken from her home in Eastern Poland. Seventy years later, her journey is reimagined by her granddaughter.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real
By Padraig Regan
ISBN 978-1-910139-74-5

Padraig Regan’s poems delight in the sensual and visual, and are alive with the textures of paint, sugar and overripe fruit.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Meat Songs
By Jack Nicholls
ISBN 978-1-910139-62-2

The voices of humans and animals clamour for attention in Meat Songs.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Dragonish
By Emma Simon
ISBN 978-1-910139-64-6

Loss, love and various severed body parts are scattered throughout Dragonish.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Anthology of Aunts
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
ISBN 978-1-910139-66-0

Poems which explores what it means to be – and feels like to have – an aunt.

READ MOREBUY NOW

First fox
By Leanne Radojkovich
ISBN 978-1-910139-70-7

A collection of short stories set in an everyday world tinged with the dreamlike qualities of fairy tales.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

9781910139585

The Dragon and the Bomb
By Andrew Wynn Owen
ISBN 978-1-910139-58-5

A long poem about a man who wants to be a saint and an alchemist who wants to split the atom.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

9781910139608

This Is Not Your Final Form: Poems about Birmingham
ISBN 978-1-910139-60-8

A tough, unsentimental love letter to Birmingham.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Anthology of the Sea

The Emma Press Anthology of the Sea
Edited by Eve Lacey
ISBN 978-1-910139-45-5

Poems which bear witness to storms, naval history, ocean creatures and the human desire for freedom.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Space and Aliens

Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens
ISBN 978-1-910139-43-1

Poems about the outermost possibilities of space. Aimed at children aged 8+.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Moon Juice

Moon Juice: Poems for Children
By Kate Wakeling
ISBN 978-1-910139-49-3

Kate Wakeling’s poems are full of curious characters and strange situations. Aimed at children 8+.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Urban Myths and Legends

Urban Myths and Legends
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
ISBN 978-1-910139-24-0

Poems by modern poets who have taken inspiration from the Metamorphoses.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Mackerel Salad

Mackerel Salad
By Ben Rogers
ISBN 978-1-910139-41-7

The poems of Mackerel Salad lure the reader into disorientating situations, via space and sea.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Trouble

Trouble
By Alison Winch
ISBN 978-1-910139-39-4

Alison Winch looks at different kinds of intimacy via nightingales, betting shops, and the Canterbury Tales.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Goose Fair Night

Goose Fair Night
By Kathy Pimlott
ISBN 978-1-910139-35-6

Pimlott take us on a tour of the Midlands, bustling London and the seaside.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

DISSOLVE to: L.A.

DISSOLVE to: L.A.
By James Trevelyan
ISBN 978-1-910139-37-0

Poems about minor characters in 1980s and 90s action films.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Mildly Erotic Verse

Mildly Erotic Verse
ISBN 978-1-910139-34-9

An anthology which celebrates modern eroticism in all its messy, sexy glory.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Malkin

Malkin
By Camille Ralphs
ISBN 978-1-910139-30-1

A sequence of poems set during the 1612 Pendle witch trials.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

True Tales of the Countryside

True Tales of the Countryside
By Deborah Alma
ISBN 978-1-910139-26-4

Poems about sex, love and ageing in rural Shropshire and Wales.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

AWOL

AWOL
By John Fuller and Andrew Wynn Owen
With illustrations by Emma Wright
ISBN 978-1-910139-28-8

Letter poems on the subject of travel, between John Fuller and Andrew Wynn Owen.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

The Emma Press Anthology of Age

The Emma Press Anthology of Age
Edited by Sarah Hesketh
ISBN 978-1-910139-31-8

A collection of poems which challenge, celebrate and give age a voice.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Slow Things

Slow Things
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
ISBN 978-1-910139-16-5

An anthology which celebrates taking life at a leisurely pace.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Falling Out of the Sky

Falling Out Of The Sky
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
ISBN 978-1-910139-18-9

A treasury of poems about myths, legends and fairytales. Aimed at children 9+.

READ MOREBUY NOW

Anthology of Dance

The Emma Press Anthology of Dance
ISBN 978 1 910139 15 8

What makes us start dancing? Why do we ever stop?

READ MOREBUY NOW

Campaign in Poetry

Campaign in Poetry
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
ISBN 978 1 910139 02 8

A powerful anthology about political and social issues in the UK.

READ MOREBUY NOW

Best Friends Forever

Best Friends Forever
Edited by Amy Key
ISBN 978 1 910139 07 3

A celebration of the transformative power of female friendship.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Myrtle

Myrtle
By Ruth Wiggins
ISBN 978-1-910139-05-9

Poems celebrating the primal forces of nature and the human heart.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women

If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women
By Jacqueline Saphra
With illustrations by Mark Andrew Webber
ISBN 978-1-910139-06-6

An eerie, sensuous world of eccentric parents and step-parents.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Rivers Wanted

Rivers Wanted
By Rachel Piercey
ISBN 978-1-910139-04-2

A frequently heart-breaking collection of poems about love, identity and home.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Oils

Oils
By Stephen Sexton
ISBN 978-1-910139-03-5

Stephen Sexton’s poems pulse with melancholy. A PBS Pamphlet Choice Award winner.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Homesickness and Exile

Homesickness and Exile
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
ISBN 978 1 910139 02 8

How does it feel to be a foreigner? Can you choose where you call home?

READ MORE / BUY NOW

The Dead Snail Diaries

The Dead Snail Diaries
By Jamie McGarry
ISBN 978 0 9574596 9 4

A collection of observational poems and literary parodies which explore snail culture.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

The Emma Press Anthology of Fatherhood

The Emma Press Anthology of Fatherhood
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
ISBN 978 1 910139 00 4

A collection of poems about fathers and fatherhood.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Captain Love and the Five Joaquins

Captain Love and the Five Joaquins
By John Clegg
ISBN 978 1 910139 01 1

An adventure story about bounty hunter Harry Love and a head in a jar.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Ikhda, by Ikhda

Ikhda, by Ikhda
By Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi
ISBN 978 0 9574596 6 3

Characters and landscapes leap off every page in Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi’s dazzling first pamphlet.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Raspberries for the Ferry
By Andrew Wynn Owen
ISBN 978 0 9574596 5 6

A stunning debut pamphlet of gorgeous, tart, juicy poems grounded in the past and bubbling with modern verve.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

The Held and the Lost

The Held and the Lost
By Kristen Roberts
ISBN 978 0 9574596 8 7

Kristen Roberts sketches portraits of characters and relationships in her debut pamphlet.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

Anthology of Motherhood

The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
ISBN 978-0-9574596-7-0

A moving collection of poems about mothers and the state of motherhood.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

The Emmores

The Emmores
By Richard O’Brien
ISBN 978-0-9574596-4-9

Richard O’Brien deploys every trick in the love poet’s book in this irresistible mix of tender odes, introspective sonnets and exuberant free verse.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

A Poetic Primer for Love and Seduction

A Poetic Primer for Love and Seduction
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
ISBN 978 0 9574596 3 2

The Poetic Primer is an instructional anthology containing all you need to know about love, relationships and heartbreak.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic VerseThe Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
ISBN 978 0 9574596 2 5

READ MORE / OUT OF PRINT (See Mildly Erotic Verse)

The Flower and the Plough

The Flower and the Plough

By Rachel Piercey
ISBN 978-0-9574596-0-1

Love poems which capture everything from the extravagant surrender of early love to the raw ache and pain that can follow.

READ MORE / BUY NOW

** The webshop is on holiday! If you order some books now, I'll dispatch them on 25th July ** Dismiss