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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Rack Poets at the London Irish Centre 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.

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 very funny verse 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 verse 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!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Rack Press Poets Reading in Presteigne

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, Ros Hudis and John Barnie, all published by Rack Press, will be reading at the Wine Bar in Presteigne, Powys on Monday 7th April under the sign of the Red Parrot which has been organising regular readings in this delightful Welsh border town not far from the headquarters of Rack Press itself.

The event will start at 7.30 pm and takes place at No 46, High Street, Presteigne. Further information from Charles Wilkinson:
Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch
reading at the launch in London of her Rack Press pamphlet
Lime & Winter in January this year

Saturday, 22 February 2014

A Very Special Quartet

From left to right: William Palmer, Hazel Frew,
Deirdre Shanahan, and Samantha Wynne- Rhydderch
Here are the first of the pictures of last month's launch of the Rack Poets [see previous post] at the Dragon Hall in Covent Garden.  There are still some signed sets of all four left at the special price of £15 for 4 instead of £20 and you can order them online here.  More pictures to follow...

Thursday, 23 January 2014


Thank you to the nearly 80 people who celebrated on Tuesday night the launch of the 2014 Rack Press poets (see earlier posts for details) at the Dragon Hall in Covent Garden.  It was a very enjoyable occasion and there were fine readings from Hazel Frew, William Palmer, Deirdre Shanahan, and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch.  We hope to have some photographs of the event shortly.  In the meantime here is a Twitpic from the London Review Bookshop who are currently displaying our titles.  There has been some lively Twitter activity prompted by the strange little gentleman in the bottom right hand corner.  We decided he was a prosodic bouncer making sure our poets had not committed any faults of scansion etc.

If you were unable to be at the launch and want to buy copies you can get them from the LRB shop or Five Leaves Bookshop if you are in reach of Nottingham or directly from this blog.

We are keeping open until the end of February our special launch offer of a set of all four pamphlets each signed by the author at £15 instead of £20.  Just use the Paypal button here to order.

Monday, 23 December 2013

New Series of Rack Poets Launched in London 21 January 2014

Available NOW! to buy on this site the new Rack Poets are officially launched in London on 21 January 2014.