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Dedalus Shortlist announcement at University of East Anglia! Scenes!

We are delighted to announce that Dedalus by Chris McCabe has been promoted to the list of six finalists in the Republic Of Consciousness Prize 2019! The Premier Prize for Small Presses. We were present at the Love Takes Risks symposium and plenary panel (David Hayden, Eley Williams) to hear the shortlist announcement.

We thank the judges for unpicking the Gordian longlist, Neil and James Tookey at the prize (who tonight paid for a book to be made. Up yours Booker), generous sponsors and hosts at UEA, and most of all Chris McCabe for writing a stone cold masterpiece and having the spirit to keep on taking it to another level.

You can buy the book here:

Buy Dedalus by Chris McCabe 

Our Kickstarter continues! Discover the second installment from Chris’ incredible body of work!

 

With Dedalus still circumnavigating the literary world on the Republic of Consciousness longlist, we launch Chris McCabe’s second novel, Mud!

Mud is a re-imagining of Orpheus and Eurydice set beneath Hampstead Heath, tracing Borak and Karissa’s subterranean quest to split up.

Mud is fucked up. It’s unlike anything else. It’s amazing. – Sam Jordison, Galley Beggar Press

Exquisite Objects

An invitation from Gemma Seltzer at Kickstarter to take part in their month of Exquisite Objects has encouraged us to ditch our lo-fi pre-sale and run a Kickstarter campaign instead.

Kickstarter makes it easier to give subscribers a range of choices and to celebrate your support at the back of the book. It also means we can open up the creative process more, which is much more fun for everyone.

Digital Fanfare

Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd are really important. If we can reach 30% of our target in the first 48hrs it will boost the algorithms so even more people get to hear about what we are doing.

So click the link! Watch us channel our inner-Ayoade with our video, and see the treasures on offer: 

Mud: a story re-imagining Orpheus & Eurydice in London today

We can put the tenterhooks away for a bit and celebrate!

We are delighted to hear that Dedalus by Chris McCabe has been longlisted for the trailblazing Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses. The prize that has brought so many great books and publishers together over the last three years. The first port of call for anyone jaded by the scope of mainstream publishing. 90% of the books I have read in the last three years I found on this list. Counternarratives, the Absalon series by Simon Okotie, Forbidden Line, We That Are Young and Lucia from Galley Beggar, Darker With The Lights On (which led to a reading rabbit hole with Little Island Press).

It feels like being offered a seat at the top table of Independent Publishing. Thank you to the Judges!

Meanwhile get your copy of Dedalus here

And fill your boots with the longlist here on the TLS blog.

A Family Friendly Book Launch Fuelled By Colour Energy!

Amazing Colour Experiments that create Art buzzing with Colour Energy! 

Come and celebrate the launch of Colour Experiments by making a Colour Street with us at St Paul’s West Hackney. Enjoy a colourful non-alcoholic cocktail from our half-pint mixologists while your kids get their hands painty.

We learned to use colour at Central St. Martins School of Art, a course based on the Bauhaus Design and Form syllabus, including the colour theories of Itten and Albers. 

FREE 11.30am – 2.30pm
The Church Hall
St Paul’s Church West Hackney
182 Stoke Newington Rd
London N16 7UY

Books will be for sale on the day: £12.95

Preview and pre-order book here.

Resident photographer of the London literary scene, Harpreet Kalsi, captured our Dedalus launch party wonderfully.

You can see more of his photography at thatthingyoupluck.com

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Dedalus available for pre-order in our shop here.

We are honoured and excited to be bringing you what can only be described as a hotly anticipated novel : Dedalus, by Chris McCabe.

The debut novel of a respected and much-loved poet; a sequel to the lodestar of Modernist writing; causing a stir among Joyceans and universities before it was even signed. The firstfruits of this novel… but I will share these with you later. For now :

“Friday’s children would be fattening like seals across the sand, on their way to class. Black liquorice teeth. Loving and giving under the whalefeed of the clouds. He had to teach.”

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Friday 17th June 1904. Stephen Dedalus wakes up in a Dublin Martello tower, hungover but with winnings in the pocket of his borrowed trousers. Dedalus goes about his day. Settling scores and debts. Pursued by the ghosts of his mother, Hamlet, and now a man called Leopold Bloom who has woken up with plans for him. The young poet weaves hopes and ideas into burning wings of ambition. Can he elude death in the passages of books?

McCabe’s iconoclastic tribute to James Joyce’s masterpiece gives right-of-reply to his self-portrait, Stephen Dedalus. Stephen and Bloom, cut from Joyce’s ego, become cultural types pasted into Digital Age storytelling.

“Parts of this book will remain with me, and pollute my reading of Hamlet and Ulysses, forever. I also add it to my personal library of Great Books About Dead Fathers.”
Max Porter, Author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers

BLOOMSDAY BOOK LAUNCH:
FREE entry
5pm – 7pm
Saturday 16th June 2018

Lock-keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre
(nr. Mile End Lock)
Queen Mary University of London
London
E1 4PD
Nearest Tube Mile End

Join us for a can of Forty Foot beer 😉 music, and an interactive reading : you choose which path we take as we dip into the book. You can turn up on the day, but email us (RSVP here) to be added to the guest list and receive updates.
We are delighted to be hosted by Queen Mary University of London Department of English : The London home of Joyce scholarship and Ping’s alma mater, where she studied Ulysses and first introduced it to David. Without this introduction editing this book would have been impossible. QMUL offer cutting edge courses in Modernist Literature and Creative Writing. This is the place to be.

Order your PRESALE copy here, and it will arrive in all its gorgeousness (yellow translucent cover!) before Bloomsday:


Dedalus by Chris McCabe



Chris McCabe is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Speculatrix (Penned in the Margins). Pharmapoetica, with Maria Vlotides, was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award and his plays Shad Thames, Broken Wharf and Mudflats have been performed in Liverpool and London. His non-fiction series, searching for a great lost poet in one of London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries, begins with In the Catacombs: a Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery (selected as an LRB Bookshop book of the year) and Cenotaph South: Mapping the Lost Poets of Nunhead Cemetery. He co-edited, with Victoria Bean, The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayward Publishing, 2015).

Those who count themselves accursed that they weren’t at 40FT Brewery for the launch of Now Legwarmers can now take part vicariously* through these wonderful photographs, taken by our one-man Magnum : Harpreet Kalsi.**

*For the full experience, stumble into your house at 2am after looking at these.

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We had a wonderful two days at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery, and a warm welcome from the city. I delivered a talk on variations on concertina binding that culminated in wrapping the audience in our monumental Moscow book A Line of Five Feet. The audience was roughly the same size, so it seemed the logical thing to do.

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Nothing beats selling books face to face, conveying your publishers’ enthusiasm along with physical books. Especially when you sell a book to one of the nation’s great libraries! We were delighted that the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library acquired The nth Convention.

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We are delighted to announce we will be exhibiting at FREE VERSE, London’s pre-eminent Poetry Book Fair.

If you are a poetry reader you will probably already have this event in your diary, but we would urge anyone at all interested in Independent Publishing and Literature to come. It brings together some of the most vibrant and innovative small publishers and is a peerless introduction to contemporary poetry in all its forms. More than a hundred half-tables putting big publishers to shame.

Ten Years of Concertinas with Henningham Family Press and Sophie Herxheimer (12 noon)

Join us at 12 noon in the Brockway Room when we present a survey of our best concertina books from the last ten years, including a British Council commission printed live in Moscow. Renowned artist-poet Sophie Herxheimer will read from our 30 metre long The Listening Forest collaboration, and her dazzling new homage to Emily Dickinson: Your Candle Accompanies The Sun. Find out how this simple binding could help you disseminate your poetry and prose.

All Day Book Launch

Free Verse will also be your first chance to handle and buy our latest publication:
Your Candle Accompanies The Sun, My Homage To Emily Dickinson
by Sophie Herxheimer
Come find us at our table.

FREE VERSE
30th September, 11am-6pm
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London WC1R 4RL

FREE entry

 

 

 

The New Concrete

The New Concrete

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Some of you will remember the delicious Clotted Sun loose leaf book we made with Chris McCabe. His recent editorial collaboration with Victoria Bean, The New Concrete (Hayward Publishing), has led to another similarly satisfying project with us; an edition of 15 deluxe solander boxes containing a copy of The New Concrete and five giclée prints by five instigators from the original Concrete Poetry movement.

Our Epson Pro 7890 inkjet technology and several digital remastering techniques made this a perfect expression of the anthology’s theme – the revitalising effect digital technology has had upon the idea of concrete poetry. The beautiful bespoke black boxes we made are in themselves an edition, as we lined them with a black foil debossing of ‘Paradise’, a print from our Unknown Soldier series which looms in the back of the box like a secret track. This accompanies our Grand Eagle print which is included in the anthology itself.

Victoria took the boxes to America recently where they were acquired for several illustrious collections. If you are interested in finding out more with a view to purchasing one you should contact Victoria directly. It’s a great opportunity to get both a landmark anthology and an exhibition in a box.

I love making solander boxes. There’s a moment when they become synergetically taut as the glue, cloth and board lock together. They are the pinnacle of my craft.

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