ALMOST A NIGHTMARE – Astra Papachristodoulou

Almost a Nightmare starts as a recount and a musing on the Fire of London but also traces the way that music can invade the imagination, and the body. A spine of moonlight moves through London like the Thames, and scorched manuscript marks the edges of Beethoven’s
sonata. Fire and music merge as poet and music does and the rush of fingers across the page, the chords and the city is the music as it flits across “s he –”.
– Sarah Cave

Astra Papachristodoulou is a poet and artist. She is a recent graduate from the MA Creative Writing (Poetic Practice) at Royal Holloway with focus in experimental writing and the neo-futurist tradition across poetry, visual art and performance. She is a co-founder of the artist association group ProArtè, which has curated several art exhibitions across the UK.

Her poetry has appeared in small magazines and anthologies such as The Tangerine, Stride Magazine and Streetcake. Astra has recently won the Pebeo Mixed Media Art Prize, and her paintings have been showcased at contemporary art exhibitions at the A&D Gallery in London, as well as Surrey-based venues such as the Ivy Arts Centre and The Studio.

Astra Papachristodoulou
Published November 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-68-1
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Chapbook 21
Print run 0f 200
Price – £2.60
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Event Horizon – Zakia Carpenter-Hall

Each poem is a vortex, an Event Horizon, a threshold, or point of no return.  Although Event Horizon is defined as a notational boundary around a black hole, these poems also explore “event” in a broader sense – the varying degrees to which an experience can change, destroy and reconfigure us and our lives.  Zakia Carpenter-Hall illustrates astrophysics and black hole theory using a variety of poetics, ranging from the use of fragmentation and repetition to surrealism and mirroring.  The problem with physics for non practitioners is often that “we cannot deliver its secrets with our hands”.  But this is a collection that makes the theoretical tangible and thereby brings us closer to ourselves.

Zakia Carpenter-Hall is a poet, teacher and avid learner from Minneapolis Minnesota who currently lives in England.  She is a winner of Poetry London’s inaugural Mentorship Scheme, has recently published in Callaloo Journal and Magma Magazine, and she is a Creative Writing MFA student at Kingston University.

Event Horizon
Zakia Carpenter-Hall
Published October 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-64-3
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Print run of 250
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook Series Edition #2
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The Writer’s Centre Kingston Sampson Low Poetry Pamphlet series has been designed to evidence the remarkable contemporary and innovative poetry being written by current and recent Kingston University Creative Writing students, this series of beautifully designed pamphlets each features a suite of poems, most often on one theme or in one style, by a solo author. The series mark the first publications of many poets who are very likely to be significant presences on the UK scene and beyond in the coming years.