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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Rack Poets Reviewed in Warwick Review

Several Rack poets are reviewed in a pamphlet round-up in the latest issue of The Warwick Review.  William Palmer's The Paradise Commissionaire is described as "an enjoyable taster" and he "writes about grief and ageing with an undercurrent of calm sorrow".  The reviewer praises his narrative skill and delicacy of suggestion.  Ros Hudis whose Terra Ignota is reviewed, is described as "a humane and sensitive poet...determined to tackle those lesser-charted regions of human experience, the intimate and even taboo topics that can cause difficulties in presentation...the voice is always well-honed, each word and thought carefully selected."  Of David Harsent's Songs from the Same Earth the reviewer says: "Each line is perfectly balanced, so well-wrought they almost slip off the tongue..."

We were pleased to see tribute being paid to the craftsmanship of all three poets, something we value very highly in our selection of work to publish.

All these pamphlets can be ordered here.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A Reading by William Palmer

William Palmer reading at the launch
of his Rack Press pamphlet
The Paradise Commissionaire in London in January
Rack poet William Palmer was recently at Waterstone's in Piccadilly reading from his fiction as part of a Word Factory event.  Click here for a video clip of the event.

You can also see a New Welsh Review podcast that features Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch talking about her Rack pamphlet Lime&Winter and an item on the Press itself.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Rack Press Editions Launched

Today Rack Press launches a brand new venture: Rack Press Editions.  This will be a series of short prose books building on our reputation for quality writing and publishing.  The first of these elegant slim volumes is by Rack Press publisher and poet Nicholas Murray and it is called Bloomsbury and the Poets. It is launched on 26th June but you can order here now at a specially reduced price (see our Paypal button here).

The book entertainingly explores the poets who have lived in Bloomsbury. Here are Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes on their wedding night in a chilly house in Rugby Street; T.S. Eliot courting his second wife with cocktails at the Russell Hotel; Charlotte Mew, born and brought up in Doughty Street and one of the major women poets of the First World War era; Harold Monro’s Poetry Bookshop in Boswell Street where the Imagist poetry school was launched; Roy Campbell in Regent Square writing his verse satire on the Bloomsbury Group; Wilfred Owen drilling in Cartwright Gardens; Andrew Marvell dying in a house on the site of the British Museum; Hilda Dolittle (“HD”) the imagist poet living in Mecklenburgh Square; William Morris in Queen Square writing his Earthly Paradise; and Arthur Rimbaud sweltering in a Victorian guest house in Argyll Square.

‘His amiably informative and well-illustrated book is the ideal companion to any tour’ – The Independent on Real Bloomsbury.

Publishing details: 64pp B format, £8 (£6 online from Rack Press website). Index.
ISBN: 9780992765460

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Rack Poets at the London Irish Centre

Left to right
Michael McKimm, Róisín Tierney, Tony Murray,
Deirdre Shanahan, Jim Conwell, and Martina Evans
There was an excellent turnout on Thursday night (24 April) at the London Irish Centre in Camden Square in north London where Rack Poets Martina Evans, Róisín Tierney and Deirdre Shanahan read with poets Jim Conwell and Michael McKimm (pictured with host for the evening Dr Tony Murray, Director of Irish Studies at London Metropolitan University).
All the poets sold well and a most enjoyable night was had by all.



The London Irish Centre runs an extensive programme of vibrant arts events and we were particularly pleased to be included amongst their events for this season.

Róisín Tierney, Sue Murray of Rack Press, Deirdre Shanahan,
and Martina Evans at the London Irish Centre

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Rack Poets at the London Irish Centre And in Yorkshire 24 April







































Three Rack poets are reading at the London Irish Centre on 24th April with Michael McKimm and Jim Conwell.

Deirdre Shanahan will be reading from her new Rack Press pamphlet, Recovery Position, Róisín Tierney will be reading from her new Arc book The Spanish-Italian Border and Martina Evans will be reading from her forthcoming book from Anvil Burnfort Las Vegas. It will be quite a night.

And if you happen to be in Yorkshire on the same night, Rack poet Ian Parks is reading with others at The Bookcase in Hebden Bridge:


An evening of poetry and music
with poets 
Ian Parks and Atar Hadari
music by Stephen Shulman and guests
Sarah Blood & Nigel Waterhouse

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Thursday 24th April
7 – 9 pm
The Book Case
29 Market Street, Hebden Bridge


Atar Hadari’s Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems on H.N. Bialik (Syracuse University Press) was a finalist for the American Literary Translator’s Association Award. His debut poetry collection is Rembrandt’s Bible (Indigo Dreams, 2013) and his Lives of the Dead: Poems of Hanoch Levin, is forthcoming from Arc Publications.

Ian Parks is the only poet to have been published in the Times Literary Supplement and The Morning Star on the same day. He is described by Points North Magazine as 'an heroic figure in Yorkshire poetry and a living legend in Hull'. His collections include Shell Island, The Landing Stage, Love Poems 1979-2009, and The Exile's House. The Cavafy Variations was a Poetry Book Society Choice.

Steven Shulman is a violinist and composer, a member of The Orchestra of Opera North and founder member of The Frailach Spielers Klezmer Band. Nigel Waterhouse has worked as an accordion soloist with the BBC Symphony and with Opera North, and with the soprano Sarah Blood (Opera North Chorus), will be performing Stephen’s setting of Sylvia Plath’s ’Wuthering Heights’.

hosted by Sarah Corbett

Tickets £5 in advance or on the door. Email: shop@bookcase.co.uk to reserve

Samantha Wynne Rhydderch Reads 30 April

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch will be reading from her new Rack pamphlet Lime & Winter at the National Wool Museum of Wales on 30th April at 7pm.  

This excellent collection is the product of a residency at the Museum and it will be a fine evening of poetry and music in Wales.  

Admission free.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Two New Titles, from Christopher Reid and Nicholas Murray


Two new titles from Rack Press are published this month and available now from this site or bookshops such as the London Review Bookshop and Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham.  They are launched at The Lamb in Bloomsbury on 16th April.  Come and join us!












Yesterday’s News by Christopher Reid is the result of an unusual and stimulating commission. Alain de Botton, who in the autumn of 2012 was at work on his book The News: A User’s Manual, asked Christopher Reid to supply him with poems – any number – in response to news items that had fired the poet’s imagination. 

Reid continued until he had written what felt like ‘enough’: eleven poems addressing, among other topics common to daily journalism, war, politics, natural disaster, murder, scandal and death. 

Different events elicited different approaches and treatments, and the small collection that accumulated between late October and the middle of December shows how the proverbial ephemerality of ‘yesterday’s news’ can be challenged and transformed by the disciplines of poetic art.

Trench Feet, by Nicholas Murray offers itself as comic relief for those surfeited with World War 1 media coverage.  In this topical satire the centenary of the Great War has arrived and bright, ambitious academic, Jeremy Button, is determined to turn it to his advantage with a TV series on the poets of the war.  But things do not go according to plan…

Following the success of Get Real!  his 2011 satire on the Coalition Government, Nicholas Murray’s new poem lampoons the clichés currently being trundled into position to ‘celebrate’ the centenary of the outbreak of War in 1914.  

‘It is the wit that does the real damage in this bravura display of finely controlled outrage.’   
Times Literary Supplement on Get Real!

O, greatcoats and duckboards, ponies and rats,
poppies and skeletons, mud and tin hats!