School Run – Natalie Low

“I don’t know why they call it the school run. Nobody I know runs to school.”
Natalie Low

Four short stories that chart the weekday journey between home and school. It is an exhausting chore on those grey rainy days but also an opportunity to listen and observe the behaviour of others. The cast of characters include your own children with their unique wisdoms, cars racing to beat the school bell, and armies of scavenging rodents. Who knows who you’ll meet along the way.

Natalie Low enjoys putting words on paper and believes that everyone has a book of some sort inside them. She lives in Twickenham, UK with her rather charming family. Natalie’s first chapbook Dementia was published by Sampson Low in November 2015, and sold out within weeks.

This chapbook is dedicated to Stanley.

School Run
Natalie Low
Illustrated by Alban Low
Published September 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-62-9
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour cover/ B&W interior
Chapbook 19
SLB070
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2.60
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BAD LUCK, GOOD LUCK, BAD LUCK – Bill Lubbock

Joint winner of the 2017 Elmbridge Literary Competition: Short Story (Adult) category.

Bill Lubbock, a Chartered Psychologist and committed Christian, was a prolific and enthusiastic short story writer in his later years.  He died on 2 September 2017, aged 90, leaving a wife, Margaret, and two children.  Bill had a marvellous sense of fun and had already written his own eulogy and a somewhat alternative Christmas 2017 letter ‘just in case’.

The Elmbridge Literary Competition was established by The RC Sherriff Trust, an independent arts charity working in the Borough of Elmbridge and Elmbridge Borough Council. Previous competitions have included subjects as varied as Dickens, fantasy, love and short radio plays. In celebration of its thirteenth year, the theme for the 2017 Competition was ‘Luck’.    Full details about competitions past, present and future are available at
www.rcsherrifftrust.org.uk
www.elmbridge.gov.uk/culture

BAD LUCK, GOOD LUCK, BAD LUCK
Bill Lubbock
Published November 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-69-8
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour cover/ B&W interior
Elmbridge Literary Competition Chapbook 1
SLB077
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2
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Friends and Family – Ed Seasmith

Joint winner of the 2017 Elmbridge Literary Competition: Short Story (Adult) category.

Ed has always enjoyed writing stories, poems and songs and has recently decided to spend a lot more time actually doing so. He lives in Walton and has also been published in annual compendiums by Walton Riverhouse Writers and London City Lit.

The Elmbridge Literary Competition was established by The RC Sherriff Trust, an independent arts charity working in the Borough of Elmbridge and Elmbridge Borough Council. Previous competitions have included subjects as varied as Dickens, fantasy, love and short radio plays. In celebration of its thirteenth year, the theme for the 2017 Competition was ‘Luck’.    Full details about competitions past, present and future are available at
www.rcsherrifftrust.org.uk
www.elmbridge.gov.uk/culture

Friends and Family
Ed Seasmith
Published November 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-70-4
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour cover/ B&W interior
Elmbridge Literary Competition Chapbook 2
SLB078
Print run 0f 100
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The branch and the leaves – Giovanni Cerbiatto

Giovanni Cerbiatto is a peasant and folklorist who lives in Umbria, Italy. The world, insofar as it worlds, gathers everything, each to the other, and lets everything return to itself in its own resting in the selfsame. This is his second collection of poems translated into English.

Cerbiatto’s first poetry collection Dieci poesi con otto linee (Ten poems with eight lines) was recently reviewed by Helena Nelson at Sphinx who described it as  “A simple line, a fluid development” and ” Stylish”. Full Review HERE

Il ramo e le foglie:
The branch and the leaves
Giovanni Cerbiatto
Translated by Eva Viola Tedeschi
Illustrated by Alban Low
Published November 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-67-4
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 20
SLB075
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2
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Tita Petita Chihuahua – Becki Flack

Tita Petita Chihuahua is a wonderfully bright chapbook that combines the paintings and poetry of Becki Flack. An experienced painter of dogs and cats, Becki is best known for her pet portraiture that captures an individual pet’s personality, often including the unique environment that they call home.  In 2015 a little dog with a big heart (and a big bark) came into Becki’s life, transforming it forever. She became the Dog Mother of a very special Chihuahua called Tita who enjoys dressing up. Becki has been working on a series of oil paintings of her ever since, called The World of Tita Petita Chihuahua where she paints her in various guises- as a Mexican, a Rapper, a Nurse and even a Superhero! The paintings are detailed and painted with love and a big dollop of humour. Becki hopes the Tita Petita Chihuahua chapbook will make you smile.

Becki Flack has a BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting) degree from De Montfort University & a BTEC Development Award in Childrens’ Book Illustration from Chelsea College of Art. She produces collages of Nature in its most idealized form as a type of vivid Paradise. She creates the work on a landscape that she has painted in oils. She then plays with different images from decoupage, wrapping paper or magazines until she finds a composition she likes. Usually animals are included as she loves them and also flowers for their beauty and colour.  Her wish is to produce mini celebrations of life that give her pleasure and inspire joy in the viewer.

Website – www.beckiflack.wixsite.com/paintings
Instagram – titapetitachihuahua
Facebook – TitaPetitaChihuahua
Facebook – Becki Flack Fine Artist

Tita Petita Chihuahua
Becki Flack
Published November 2017
Series editor – Alan Carlyon Smith
ISBN 978-1-910578-66-7
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Carlyon Chapbooks Square Peg Series 1
SLB074
Print run 0f 250
Price – £2
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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.

www.astranaut.co.uk

ALMOST A NIGHTMARE
Astra Papachristodoulou
Published November 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-68-1
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 21
SLB076
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,
Colour
Print run of 250
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook Series Edition #2
SLB072
Price – £2.60
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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.
www.writerscentrekingston.com

Soft Teeth – Dacy Lim

SOFT TEETH is a rumination on the mouth as an integral and strange part of existence. By exploring the different aspects of the human mouth, Dacy Lim’s poetry gives the reader space to consider the importance of their own features. The poems from SOFT TEETH bring the reader into a world where mouths are gross and beautiful, physical and philosophical- a work that engages with written text to explore the nuances of orality.

Dacy Lim is a poet with a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach. She is currently in the Creative Writing MFA program at Kingston University and is focusing on an even more extensive collection of poems on the mouth. Dacy self publishes zines and chapbooks which combine writing, illustration, and photography. She has had poetry published in Bank-Heavy Press and Selfish magazine.

Soft Teeth
Dacy Lim
Published October 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-65-0
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 250
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook Series Edition #3
SLB073
Price – £2.60
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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.
www.writerscentrekingston.com

Outthinking Wenger – Kevin Acott

“On the 29th March, 2017, in the midst of the travelling he’d done so much to encourage, my friend Paul died. He was an astonishing person, someone whose mere presence made you feel you too were an astonishing person. I wish I could have shown you his words – always elegant, witty, compelling and compassionate – but it didn’t feel right. Instead, here are some texts I sent him while he was living so vigorously and brilliantly with the inevitable.”
Kevin Acott

Outthinking Wenger:
A One-Sided Conversation

Kevin Acott
Published September 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-61-2
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Black and white
Acott Travel Chapbook 5
SLB069
Print run of 100
Price – £5
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Reversing the Spectator – Alban Low, Kevin Acott and Bill Mudge

Alban Low, Bill Mudge and Kevin Acott spent a week together in the South Of France during the June heatwave of 2017. They didn’t have a plan about what they wanted to do, what they might create together. Alban slowly filled his sketchbook with vignettes of village life. Bill, suffering under the relentless sun, retreated to the night-time streets of Limoux and Cambieure, photographing the midnight cats and silent buildings. While Kevin worked on a set of short stories that had been inspired by his travels through the USA, Greenland and now France.

On the 14th June 2017 they walked from the Petite Rue du Palais to the cemetery in Rue Saint-François in Limoux. It was a pilgrimage to visit the grave of Madame Mongin, a neighbour who had died the previous year. Starting at Madame Mongin’s former home they wandered through the largely deserted streets of Limoux. Slowly Alban, Bill and Kevin were separated along the sun-bleached route, eventually meeting once again at the cemetery.

Kevin Acott and Alban Low. Saint-Francois Cemetery, Limoux

Although each of their experiences were different and very personal they have come together in two publications, the chapbook Reversing the Spectator and a paperbook Limoux (ISBN 978-1910578582). The chapbook features the brush and ink sketches of Alban Low and the words of Kevin Acott.

This chapbook is dedicated to Madame Germaine Mongin (1929-2016)

Reversing the Spectator
Alban Low, Kevin Acott and Bill Mudge
Published August 2017
ISBN 9781910578575
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour cover/ B&W interior
Rare Detail Chapbook
SLB066
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2.60
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(This chapbook contains adult themes)