The Emma Press is marking the publication of Call and Response, a poetry pamphlet by Rachel Spence, with a virtual booklaunch on Friday 27th March.

This will be the first virtual booklaunch for the publisher, which started exploring alternative options two weeks ago.

Publisher Emma Wright said: “We were originally planning to do a launch event in London around Mothers’ Day (22nd March), but as I was monitoring the news it seemed wiser not to book anything until the situation in the UK became clearer. Once we understood that all events and inessential travel would be out of the question, I had a chat with Rachel about if she would be happy trying a virtual booklaunch with me, and luckily she embraced the idea. I think everyone likes being read to, so I think it will be a really nice event.”

Call and Response is a collection of sonnets, exploring a mother-daughter relationship and focusing on the time of the mother’s illness, where that relationship was repaired. The poems explore the darker side of familial bonds and the strange ways suffering can heal old wounds. It is the twelfth in the Emma Press Picks series, a series of themed and illustrated poetry pamphlets.

The booklaunch will be at 7pm on Friday 27th March, and people can register to attend here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jIjsvTYKRBGZdP7iQ_Suxw

Call and ResponseISBN 978-1-912915-48-428 pages26 March 2020 / £5.00

About the author:

Rachel Spence is a poet. Now living in London, she spent nearly ten years in Venice, Italy. She has a pamphlet, Furies (2016) and a collection, Bird of Sorrow (2018), both published by Templar Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in publications including PN Review, the Financial Times, Envoi, The Indian Quarterly, The Frogmore Papers, South Bank Poetry and Iota. Her poem ‘Antonello’s Song II’ was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2019. In her day job she is a freelance arts writer, chiefly for the Financial Times.

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