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I have come to hope that a Rack Press pamphlet may be a tiny gift-box of unusually good poems – Alison Brackenbury, PN Review

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Spring is in the Air!


Spring Poetry Reading: Rack Press/Arc Poets!  17th April 2012.
Michèle Roberts, Martina Evans, Katy Evans-Bush, Denise Saul, Astrid Alben,  Róisín Tierney.
MC - Nick Murray, Editor of Rack Press.

Venue: The Horseshoe, 24 Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0AG.
Time 7pm.   Entrance:  Free
Michèle Roberts is a novelist, short story writer, playwright and essayist, as well as a poet. The Heretic's Feast (Rack Press, 2012) is her fourth collection of poems. She is half-French and half-English.
Martina Evans is a poet and novelist. Her collection Facing the Public (2009) was a TLS Book of the Year and received the Piero Ciampi International Poetry Prize in 2011. Rack Press brought out her pamphlet Oh Bart earlier this year. A verse novel, Petrol, is due from Anvil Press in September 2012. 
Róisín Tierney was short-listed for the 2006 Strokestown Poetry Prize and won joint 2nd prize in the 2007 Brendan Kennelly Poetry Competition.  She read as part of the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series in June 2008  Her work is published in several  pamphlets, the most recent being  The Art of Wiring (Ondt & Gracehoper, 2011) and Dream Endings (Rack Press, 2011). www.roisintierney.blogspot.com
Katy Evans-Bush’s poetry collections are Me and the Dead (2008) and Egg Printing Explained (2011), both published by Salt, and her pamphlet Oscar & Henry (Rack Press, 2010) was called ‘impressive’ in the Times Literary Supplement. She writes the blog Baroque in Hackney and has written reviews and essays for numerous publications. She tutors at the Poetry School.  Her website is http://baroqueinhackney.com 
Astrid Alben grew up in Kent and the Netherlands . She read English Literature and Philosophy at Edinburgh University. Her poems and reviews have been published in magazines such as The Wolf, Poetry Review, Drunken Boat, the TLS, Stand and Shearsman. She has translated the poems of several contemporary Dutch poets. Ai! Ai! Pianissimo (Arc, 2011) is her first collection. She lives in London.  www.astridalben.com.
Denise Saul was born in London . Her White Narcissi (Flipped Eye Publishing) was Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Autumn 2007. In 2008 she was selected for The Complete Works, a two-year mentoring and development programme for ten advanced black and Asian poets in the UK . Her mentor was John Stammers. Her House of Blue was published by Rack Press in 2012.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Don't Forget Our Special Spring Offer

There are still available a few signed sets of the latest 2012 series of Rack Press pamphlets, consisting of all four pamphlets, each one individually signed and numbered by the author.

If you order now you can have a set for £15 instead of £20.

The special offer also means that if you order now you will receive an additional free copy of a copy of a pamphlet from our backlist chosen by us – so surprises are in store.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Rack Press Poet Shortlisted for Major Award

Congratulations to Christopher Reid whose Rack Press pamphlet Airs and Ditties of No Man's Land (2011) is one of six shortlisted titles for the 2011 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.  The text was set to music by leading contemporary British composer Colin Matthews last year and received its world première at the BBC Proms in August.

The winner will be announced at the end of this month and we are keeping our fingers crossed for Christopher.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Celebrate St David's Day!

Why not celebrate St David's Day (and World Book Day) by purchasing a pamphlet of poems from leading Welsh poetry pamphlet imprint Rack Press.  Order before the end of this month and take advantage of our Mad March Offer: order one of this year's pamphlets and get a free copy of a pamphlet from our back list which we will choose for you – so lots of surprises in store.

This year's pamphlets, launched at a lively reading in London on 26th January include Denise Saul's House of Blue, Michèle Roberts's The Heretic's Feast (both seen here at the launch with Denise reading), Martina Evans's Oh Bart and Dan Wyke's Spring Journal.  


Ordering couldn't be easier, just click on the "add to cart" button in the top right had corner of this web page or if you live in London copies are on sale at the London Review Bookshop near the British Museum.  Postal orders can also be sent to Rack Press, The Rack, Kinnerton, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2PF