The Emma Press is releasing an expanded edition of The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse (2013) in time for Valentine’s Day.
The Emma Press has been shortlisted in the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets for the second year running.
The Emma Press has launched their annual call for pamphlet submissions, which is running until 13th December 2015.
The Emma Press has launched a call for submissions of poems about ‘space and aliens’, for a new anthology aimed at children aged 9+.
The Emma Press has been awarded a grant from Grants for the Arts, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, to conduct a 15-date national poetry tour for children.
The Myths and Monsters tour will include poetry readings, interactive storytelling and poetry-writing workshops aimed at children aged 9-12, featuring thirteen poets including Joseph Coelho (shortlisted for the 2015 CLPE Poetry Award), Kate Wakeling (writer-in-residence with Aurora Orchestra) and Andrew Wynn Owen (recent winner in the Society of Authors’ Eric Gregory Awards).
Emma Wright, founder of the Emma Press, said: ‘We are thrilled that the Arts Council is supporting this tour and helping us to share the joys of poetry with children across the country. We hope that our events inspire children with a sense of ownership of both language and stories, and that we contribute to their ongoing enjoyment of literature.
The Myths and Monsters tour begins this month at Tales on Moon Lane Festival, run by Tales on Moon Lane bookshop in partnership with Dulwich Picture Gallery, and will visit Penzance Literary Festival, Bags of Books children’s bookshop in Lewes, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, Loogabarooga Festival in Loughborough, Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham, and community libraries in Slough, Woodley, Wokingham and Birmingham.
Wright added: ‘We want to use the tour to draw attention to the importance of poetry for children of all ages: it’s a terrible shame how poetry seems to drift from being a ubiquitous delight for younger children, present in nearly all picture books, into something you just read at school. As Chrissie Gittins has pointed out in the Bookseller and the Guardian, this is reflected in the often paltry children’s poetry book sections in bookshops, with the implication being that there is no demand for it. We hope to challenge this perception and demonstrate during the tour both how vital poetry is for children and how much they enjoy it.’
The tour follows the publication of the Emma Press’s first children’s book, Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters, edited by Rachel Piercey (Newdigate Prize, 2008) and Emma Wright.
Full details of the tour can be found on the Tour page.
The Emma Press is publishing the first in a new series of themed children’s poetry anthologies on 18th June 2015.
Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters is a collection of new poems edited by Rachel Piercey (Newdigate Prize, 2008) and Emma Wright, with contributions from twenty poets including John Fuller (Forward Prize, 1996), Joseph Coelho (shortlisted for 2015 CLPE Poetry Award) and Abigail Parry (Eric Gregory Award, 2010).
The poems retell or reference well-known myths, legends and fairytales, with an emphasis on ancient Greek myths. The book is fully illustrated with black line drawings, and the stories in the poems are accompanied by notes from the editors, providing context and extra details.
Publisher Emma Wright said: ‘Roger McGough, who is judging the CLPE Poetry Award this year, recently criticised the lack of poetry books being published for children. I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of poetry for children and as a poetry publisher I am delighted that I am in a position to do something about this. We are throwing all our resources behind Falling Out of the Sky, to bring it to as wide an audience as possible. We hope that we will receive support from booksellers and the press.’
The Emma Press intends to publish one new children’s poetry anthology each year and will launch an open call for submissions of poems about ‘space and aliens’ in July, for an anthology scheduled for publication in September 2016.
Publisher Emma Wright said: ‘Publishing poetry for adults is difficult enough, and as Chrissie Gittins recently pointed out in the Guardian (Why is children’s poetry so invisible?, 28/4/15), poetry for children has even less of a public profile. We are aware of the challenges facing us, but we hope that the Emma Press Children’s Anthologies will gain momentum as we publish more in the series and become something like Horrible Histories for poetry.’
The Story Museum in Oxford is hosting a launch event for the book on 18th June, featuring a discussion about writing poetry for children by John Fuller, Rachel Piercey and Andrew Wynn Owen. There will also be a launch party at Love & Scandal coffeehouse in London on 23rd June, and a reading from Andrew Wynn Owen and Kate Wakeling at Waterstones Oxford on 27th June. These events will be followed by a nationwide tour of readings and workshops running July-November 2015.
Full details of the events can be found here: http://theemmapress.com/events/
Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters ISBN 978-1-910139-18-9 Publication date: 18th June 2015 Available for pre-order: £8.50 (paperback) / £4.25 (ebook)
The Emma Press has launched an open call for submissions to a sea-themed poetry anthology due for release in October 2016.
The independent publisher, based in Winnersh, is inviting poets to send in up to three poems by 21st June 2015. According to the publisher’s rules, all people submitting must be a member of the Emma Press Club, whereby they must either have bought a book/ebook/set of postcards from the publisher’s website in 2015 or already have been accepted into an Emma Press publication.
The brief for submissions states: ‘We want poetry to bear witness to the ocean’s harvest and wreckage, and writers to record the sea that leaks into their lives. […] We want to read verse that follows fishing trawlers and perilous crossings, charts the Middle Passage and the Bermuda Triangle, and to hear how coastlines differ for islanders and the land-locked, migrants and the lost-at-sea.’
The Emma Press Anthology of the Sea is the latest in the publisher’s series of themed and illustrated poetry anthologies. Themes have so far included parenthood, homesickness and women’s friendships, with The Emma Press Anthology of Dance launching at the Rambert Dance Company HQ in Waterloo on Thursday 14th May from 7.30pm.
The anthology will be edited by Eve Lacey, who previously edited Furies (For Books’ Sake, 2014), an anthology of contemporary women’s poetry.
Eve Lacey said: ‘The Emma Press is expert in anthologising new writing under broad themes, and the perfect publisher to do justice to the sea’s potential for poetry. There is almost infinite scope for all manner of sea-inspired poems in this anthology and I can’t wait to read the submissions. I am especially looking forward to poetry that pushes the boundaries of nature writing and opens our eyes to new ways of seeing the sea.’
Publisher Emma Wright said: ‘We were incredibly impressed by Eve’s work on Furies, so we were delighted when she approached us with her idea for the anthology. What with Amy Key and Best Friends Forever, Sarah Hesketh and The Emma Press Anthology of Age and now Eve, we have been very lucky in finding guest editors who understand our aims as a press and embrace all of our values.’
The Emma Press is an independent publisher dedicated to producing beautiful, thought-provoking books. It was founded in 2012 in Winnersh, UK, by Emma Wright, formerly of Orion Publishing Group. In 2014, the Emma Press was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for poetry pamphlet publishers. In 2015, Oils (Emma Press, 2014), by Stephen Sexton, was selected as the PBS Winter Pamphlet Choice.
The Emma Press’s publishing programme features themed poetry anthologies and single-author poetry and prose pamphlets, with an ongoing engagement with the works of the Roman poet Ovid.
For more information, please contact Emma Wright at queries [at] theemmapress [dot] com