The Year of the Rat – Gabriella Buckner

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The Year of the Rat is an exploration of fraught relationships—between outside forces, other people, and within oneself. The poems in this collection, while varying in style and length, all use vibrant imagery and simple language to strike at the heart of those commonplace battles, failures, and traumas which stick with us forever.

Gabriella Buckner is an American student striving for a career and life in the UK after completing her Creative Writing and Publishing MA from Kingston. She also paints, writes short stories and (starts to write) novels.

The Year of the Rat
Gabriella Buckner

Published February 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-40-8
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 200
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook #12
SLB0153
Price – £2.60
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Sea Wall – Jamie Toy

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‘Sea Wall, by Jamie Toy addresses both the alienation we face politically today with the desire to overcome our impasses. By taking up desire in its contemporary form, the collection finds refuge in the internal noises of the body, wikipedia and the rivers of Europe. Sea Wall cuts through pessimism and nihilism to offer a potential way out and a creative expression of hope in a digital, political and intra-personal dark-age’

‘Jamie Toy is a British poet currently living in London.’ – jamiebtoy.wordpress.com

Sea Wall
Jamie Toy

Published February 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-38-5
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 200
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook #11
SLB0151
Price – £2.60
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Macbett, ver. 2 – Laurensia Puia

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This debut poetry pamphlet dissects a pre-existing play and turns it into poetry. By taking the old and making it new (twice), Macbett ver. 2  hints to past great writers while experimenting with language and form to express timeless concerns from a contemporary perspective.

Laurensia Puia is a poet and writer studying in London. She is interested in Avant Garde poetry and prose, film and theatre. Apart from experimenral language, her work also involves images, sound and materials.

Macbett, ver. 2
Laurensia Puia

Published February 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-37-8
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 200
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook #10
SLB0150
Price – £2.60
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Autumn Colours – Museum of Walking Chapbook 5

During the autumn of 2019, the Museum of Walking invited people to submit a flash writing piece of 250 words (or under) inspired by the colours of the changing autumn season. We were looking for the best fact or fiction stories responding to the Autumn Colours theme and were delighted by the response. Turn the leaves to follow the shifting autumn trail for yourselves.

The winning stories from the competition were judged by N G Bristow (screen writer, director and visual artist running the MA in Directing Fiction at Goldsmiths, University of London), Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone (author, editor and tutor on the Novel Studio at City, University of London) and Andrew Stuck (Founding Director of the Museum of Walking).

Illustrated by Alban Low

Autumn Colours
An Anthology of Seasonal Stories
Jane Adams, Andrew Anderson, Ruth Bradshaw, Mel Davies, Rachel Dowse, Pennie Hedge, Sarah Leavesley, Jane Lomas, Sarah Mosedale, Sharon Pinner, John Woolner
Published February 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-39-2
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Museum of Walking Chapbook 5
SLB0152
Print run of 150
Price – £2.99
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The Car Giant – SJ Fowler

This chapbook of short fiction was written for the Worm Wood project, a five year collaboration between SJ Fowler and Tereza Stehlikova taking in film, performance,
literature and exhibition, and was launched at the Whitechapel Gallery in January 2020.

Steven J Fowler is a writer and poet living in London.
www.stevenjfowler.com

The Car Giant
SJ Fowler
Published January 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-36-1
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 38
SLB0149
Print run of 250
Price – £2.60
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1930s Musicians of Victoria and Pimlico – Alban Low

Discover the homes and lives of 1930s musicians who lived and worked in and around Victoria and Pimlico. This chapbook shows the houses they lived in and short biographies, from famous residents to more forgotten names.

1930s Musicians of Victoria and Pimlico
Alban Low
Published January 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-35-4
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
A World in London Chapbook 8
SLB0148
Print run of 100
Price – £2.60
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1. Harry Blech (violin) and Frederick Riddle (viola) – 17 Sloane Gardens, Chelsea, SW1W 8EB
2. Charles Bohm (saxophone) – 120 Ebury St, Victoria, SW1W 9QQ
3. Victoria Coach Station and Imperial Airways Terminal – Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, SW1W 9SP
4. Edwin Heffren (drums) – 52 Hugh St, Pimlico, London SW1V 4ER
5. New Victoria Theatre – 17 Wilton Rd, Pimlico, SW1V 1LG
6. Leslie Wharton (piano) – 77 Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V 2SP
7. Clem Lawton (tuba and bass) – 46 Tachbrook St, Pimlico, SW1V 2NA
8. George Bainbridge Robinson (Musical Director) – 57 Warwick Square, Pimlico, SW1V 2AJ
9. Fred Morrison (violin) – 52 Gloucester St, Pimlico, SW1V 4EH
10. George Newman (saxophone) and Jose Martello (accordion) – 130A Cambridge St, Pimlico, SW1V 4QF
11. Charles Rooks (organ) – 95 Cambridge St, Pimlico, SW1V 4PY
12. Wilfred Banks (Bandleader) – 7 Sussex St, Pimlico, SW1V 4RZ
13. Wally Sykes (drums) – 44 Cumberland St, SW1V 4LZ
14. Cecil Alexander (violin) – 77 Charlwood St, Pimlico, SW1V
15. George Latimer (trombone) – 80 St George’s Drive, Pimlico, SW1V 4BZ
16. George Newman (saxophone) – 57 Charlwood St, Pimlico, SW1V 2DR
17. Roy Peverett (cello) – Flat 308, Hood House, Dolphin Square
18. Billy Bissett (Bandleader) – 10 Collingwood House, Dolphin Sq, SW1V 3ND
19. Oswald Boyden Waldo Warner (violin) – 701 Beatty House, Dolphin Square, SW1V 3PN
20. Bertram Lewis (violin) – 405 Howard House, Dolphin Sq, SW1V 3PF

 Alban Low is a London based artist who illustrates album artwork, publishes books, designs maps, and organises inclusive exhibitions. He is artist-in-residence on the radio programme A World in London with DJ Ritu. http://www.albanlow.com/

The names and addresses of musicians in this book have been sourced from Musician’s Union handbooks from the 1930s. Every effort has been made to research and verify information and we are grateful to those experts who have helped in the making of this series. If you know any additional information or corrections then we would love to include them in future editions.

Thank you to Roy Cooke; M.G. Thomas; The National Jazz Archives; Michael Peverett; Melody Maker; NME; The British Newspaper Archives; The National Archives; BBC; the team at A World In London (DJ Ritu, Sophie Darling, Norman Druker, Lucas Keen, Patrick Bernard); The Gramophone Record Store; and my wife Natalie.

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SWARD: skin of the earth – Lucy Furlong

sward (n.)
Meaning “sod, turf” developed from the notion of the “skin” of the earth (compare Old Norse grassvörðr, Danish grønsvær “greensward”).

I first came across the word ‘sward’ in the work of Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) the prolific Victorian author and naturalist. This work was inspired partly by Jefferies’ walks in Tolworth and named after his frequent use of ‘sward’ in his writing.

Richard Jefferies lived in Tolworth from 1877 to 1882 (look out for the blue plaque above number 296 Ewell Road). A book of his essays, Nature Near London, describes what he encountered on his long daily walks through Tolworth and the surrounding
areas. Some of this we are lucky enough to be able still to see today, but much of it is under threat from urban development.

This walk along the central reservation of the A240 Kingston Road, from the Tolworth Roundabout to the border with Surrey, represented in the form of this chapbook, is for those who see this stretch of grass and trees in the middle of the road as the marker for going on an adventure into the countryside, and as a sign of returning home from our journeys.

Lucy Furlong is a writer, poet and walking artist, whose family have lived in Tolworth for generations.

SWARD
skin of the earth
Lucy Furlong
Published January 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-31-6
Designed by Mel Hetherington
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
SLB0144
Print run of 150
Price – £2.60
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Self Portrait by Night – James Knight

James Knight is an experimental poet and digital artist. Void Voices, his
polyphonic reimagining of Dante’s Inferno, was published by Hesterglock
Press in 2018. A book of his visual poems entitled Chimera is due from
Penteract Press in 2020.

www.thebirdking.com

Self Portrait by Night
James Knight
Published January 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-34-7
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 37
SLB0147
Print run of 100
Price – £2.60
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Wordplayful – Poems to amuse and amaze

Puns and puzzles, poems that can be read vertically or in reverse, wordplay in a variety of forms… but, yes, all formal poems, stuffed full of rhyme, rhythm and rich language.

The “Potcake Chapbook” series is named for the dogs of the Bahamas and the Caribbean – strays that live off the burnt scrapings of cooking pots. The poems in the series are a mixed bunch – but the potcake of our logo wears a bow tie to show that he and all the poems are formal. These poems are memorable in part because they rhyme and scan, as all truly memorable poetry does. We subscribe to the use of form, no matter how formless the times in which we live.

Wordplayful
Poems to amuse and amaze
Bob McKenty, Robin Helweg-Larsen, Sam Gwynn, Dervla Ramaswamy, John Beaton, George Simmers, A.E. Stallings, Daniel Galef, Rob Stuart, Noam D. Plum, Marcus Bales, Chris O’Carroll, Edmund Conti
Published January 2020
Series Editor Robin Helweg-Larsen
Illustrated by Alban Low
ISBN 978-1-912960-32-3
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Potcake Chapbook 6
SLB145
Print run of 250
Price – £2.60
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Beastings – SJ Fowler

Lyrics and expanded poems by SJ Fowler.

Animals as lighted pathways, dreams of dark rivers that couldn’t be real and what can be picked up and what is too heavy to be picked up.

Beastings
12 poems for an EP by Diamanda Dramm
SJ Fowler
Published November 2019
A5 Size
32 printed pages
Colour
SLB0138
Print run of 200
Price – £4.99
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As a result of the long standing collaboration with Diamanda Dramm’s an album was made of SJ Fowler’s poems.

https://prettypurgatory.bandcamp.com/album/beastings