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Friday, 17 October 2014

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch on Michael Marks Shortlist

We are delighted that Samantha Wynne Rhydderch's Rack Press pamphlet, Lime & Winter has been shortlisted for the 2014 Michael Marks Award for poetry pamphlets and that Rack Press itself has been shortlisted for the third year running for the Michael Marks Publisher's Award.  The results will be known at a special dinner at the British Library on 25th November.  Congratulations to all the other shortlisted poets and publishers and thanks to the Michael Marks Award and the Wordsworth Trust and British Library who have helped to establish this as the major British award for poetry pamphlet publishing which is a particularly lively and flourishing sector of poetry publishing just now.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Rack Poets at the Dylan Thomas Centre

Deirdre Shanahan at an open air reading
at the Free Verse
Poetry Book Fair in London on 6 September
There was an evening of Rack Press poets t on Thursday 11th September at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea which we greatly enjoyed.  The poets were Deirdre Shanahan, Ros Hudis, William Palmer, and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, a great line-up all of whose recent pamphlets can be ordered here.
Ros Hudis, William Palmer, and Deirdre Shanahan
at Swansea

Rack poets, Denise Saul, Roisin Tierney and Deirdre Shanahan, will be reading on 23rd September in London as part of the Pelmeni Poetry Series and once again you are warmly invited.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Come and See us at the Poetry Book Fair

Rack Press will be having a stall at the Free Verse poetry book fair on Saturday 6th December at Conway Hall in London and we would love to see readers so stop by (and, if you are so moved, buy one).  There will be some special offers on the day.

This is an annual event that brings together all the smaller independent poetry presses (and a couple of big ones too) and is a great opportunity to see what's on offer from the poetry presses.  We look forward to meeting you.

We are also very pleased to have had a rave review in The Spectator for Bloomsbury and the Poets by Nicholas Murray, the first title in the new imprint Rack Press Editions, calling it "a delight".  You can purchase it here at a reduced price.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Rack Poets Reviewed in Warwick Review

Several Rack poets are reviewed in a pamphlet round-up in the latest issue of The Warwick Review.  William Palmer's The Paradise Commissionaire is described as "an enjoyable taster" and he "writes about grief and ageing with an undercurrent of calm sorrow".  The reviewer praises his narrative skill and delicacy of suggestion.  Ros Hudis whose Terra Ignota is reviewed, is described as "a humane and sensitive poet...determined to tackle those lesser-charted regions of human experience, the intimate and even taboo topics that can cause difficulties in presentation...the voice is always well-honed, each word and thought carefully selected."  Of David Harsent's Songs from the Same Earth the reviewer says: "Each line is perfectly balanced, so well-wrought they almost slip off the tongue..."

We were pleased to see tribute being paid to the craftsmanship of all three poets, something we value very highly in our selection of work to publish.

All these pamphlets can be ordered here.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A Reading by William Palmer

William Palmer reading at the launch
of his Rack Press pamphlet
The Paradise Commissionaire in London in January
Rack poet William Palmer was recently at Waterstone's in Piccadilly reading from his fiction as part of a Word Factory event.  Click here for a video clip of the event.

You can also see a New Welsh Review podcast that features Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch talking about her Rack pamphlet Lime&Winter and an item on the Press itself.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Rack Press Editions Launched

Today Rack Press launches a brand new venture: Rack Press Editions.  This will be a series of short prose books building on our reputation for quality writing and publishing.  The first of these elegant slim volumes is by Rack Press publisher and poet Nicholas Murray and it is called Bloomsbury and the Poets. It is launched on 26th June but you can order here now at a specially reduced price (see our Paypal button here).

The book entertainingly explores the poets who have lived in Bloomsbury. Here are Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes on their wedding night in a chilly house in Rugby Street; T.S. Eliot courting his second wife with cocktails at the Russell Hotel; Charlotte Mew, born and brought up in Doughty Street and one of the major women poets of the First World War era; Harold Monro’s Poetry Bookshop in Boswell Street where the Imagist poetry school was launched; Roy Campbell in Regent Square writing his verse satire on the Bloomsbury Group; Wilfred Owen drilling in Cartwright Gardens; Andrew Marvell dying in a house on the site of the British Museum; Hilda Dolittle (“HD”) the imagist poet living in Mecklenburgh Square; William Morris in Queen Square writing his Earthly Paradise; and Arthur Rimbaud sweltering in a Victorian guest house in Argyll Square.

‘His amiably informative and well-illustrated book is the ideal companion to any tour’ – The Independent on Real Bloomsbury.

Publishing details: 64pp B format, £8 (£6 online from Rack Press website). Index.
ISBN: 9780992765460

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Rack Poets at the London Irish Centre

Left to right
Michael McKimm, Róisín Tierney, Tony Murray,
Deirdre Shanahan, Jim Conwell, and Martina Evans
There was an excellent turnout on Thursday night (24 April) at the London Irish Centre in Camden Square in north London where Rack Poets Martina Evans, Róisín Tierney and Deirdre Shanahan read with poets Jim Conwell and Michael McKimm (pictured with host for the evening Dr Tony Murray, Director of Irish Studies at London Metropolitan University).
All the poets sold well and a most enjoyable night was had by all.

The London Irish Centre runs an extensive programme of vibrant arts events and we were particularly pleased to be included amongst their events for this season.

Róisín Tierney, Sue Murray of Rack Press, Deirdre Shanahan,
and Martina Evans at the London Irish Centre