I'm delighted to announce the pamphlet poets of 2021, chosen mostly from the 2019/20 call for submissions. I'll be announcing the 2022 poets next month, after I've had all my video calls with them, but for now I wanted to share with you the brilliant poets who will form my 2021 poetry pamphlet list.
The Emma Press has announced the shortlists from their most recent call for submissions, which ran from November 2019 to January 2020.
The Emma Press is launching Postcard Stories 2 by Jan Carson at EastSide Arts Festival this week, with an online event on 6th August and an outdoor picnic in Belfast on 9th August.
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.
The Emma Press has just launched Vivarium, a poetry pamphlet by Maarja Pärtna, translated from Estonian by Jayde Will.
Vivarium contains a selection of poems from Vivaarium, published by Elusamus in 2019. Vivarium was the first collection of poems about climate change to be published in Estonia, with Pärtna addressing topics of major environmental changes, loss of biodiversity and global warming by aligning them with themes of national trauma, examining the impact of Soviet rule on Estonian society.
Tiny Moons is a collection of essays about food and belonging. Powles journeys between Wellington, Kota Kinabalu and Shanghai, tracing the constants in her life: eating and cooking, and the dishes that have come to define her. Through childhood snacks, family feasts, Shanghai street food and student dinners, she attempts to find a way back towards her Chinese-Malaysian heritage.
The Emma Press has published six more titles in the Bicki-Books series, originally published in Latvia. Bicki-Books are postcard-sized picturebooks aimed at children aged 3+, each featuring a poem and illustrations by different contemporary artists.
Publisher Emma Wright acquired UK rights for the series from Liels un mazs, Riga. The BIKIBUKS series was curated by Rūta Briede, arts director at Liels un mazs and tutor at the Art Academy of Riga. There were 101 BIKIBUKS published in Latvia between 2012 and 2018, with the 101st book released to mark 100 years of Latvian independence.
Wrights said: “The Bicki-Books are the perfect size for little hands, and a great way for children to feel ownership over books. All the illustrations are rich with details, so readers can discover new delights every time they return to the books. They have become instant classics to children in Latvia, and I hope that they will help connect children in the UK with the wider world.”