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I’m delighted to be Independent Publisher of the Week on Bookblast.

Dedalus, already one of Bookblast’s Top 10 books for Aug, is getting VIP treatment. You can read my interview here, and look out for an interview with Chris McCabe and review of his debut novel later this week.

© Harpreet Kalsi thatthingyoupluck.com

 

A book that teaches 7-12 year olds how to use colour just like Artists do!

(NB: we are delighted that orders are flooding in for this unique children’s book. We now expect it to arrive 1st November 2018.

Supply chain problems in the print industry meant that we had to find new printers and binders. The series will now be made entirely in the UK, still for £12.95 RRP).

 

Colour Experiments for Future Artists explains what colour is and how to use it to make Art.

Beginning with sunlight, children will make a camera obscura to safely observe the Sun and use water to break light into a spectrum of colour.

Experiments and step by step activities reveal simple colour relationships. “Colours have friends” (complimentary colours), “colours have a family” (hue). The scale increases to our colour street (colour circle) and colour planet (tints and shades). Children will learn to move colours up and down the street by mixing colours.

 

We will be stallholders at this Saturday’s Poetry Book Fair. Here are our top picks!

 

Dedalus

Dedalus is the debut novel by established poet Chris McCabe. It tests the theory that a home can be carved out for Concrete Poetry in the novel.

McCabe’s invention never flags. – Literary Review

Now Legwarmers

Now Legwarmers is another debut by a much-loved poet, Pascal O’Loughlin. Every page is suffused with his poetry, humour and empathy for John, a teenager struggling to cope with the loss of his father, and a safety conscious ghost.

O’Loughlin’s prose, plain yet poetic, is a perfect match for a delightful coming-of-age novel. – The Idler

An Unknown Soldier

An Unknown Soldier formed part of our solo exhibition in the National Poetry Library, for the Southbank Centre’s commemoration of the 2014 Centenary of the First World War. There are only 16 copies left! If there are any left after the fair I might lay them down as an investment.

Henningham’s mordant wit and avant-garde flair is part of another poetic tradition stretching back to Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound and the Dada pranksters of Zurich. – The Times Literary Supplement

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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Now Legwarmers by Pascal O'Loughlin

Now Legwarmers
by Pascal O’Loughlin

We are pleased to announce that Now Legwarmers has arrived at our distributor NBN International!

  1. You can buy Now Legwarmers direct from us here (the best way to buy within UK if you want to support our authors).
  2. You can also order the book through any bookshop NOW! This might work out better for international readers. We suggest you use an Independent bookshop or reputable chain, like Foyles or Waterstones.

NB) you may find it useful to show the bookseller this page on your phone when ordering. The following will be in publishing language:

We recently joined a sales and marketing support network called Inpress Books Ltd. Synchronising with them meant delaying the date registered with Nielsen until August for our Spring titles. So electronically you will find an August date for Now Legwarmers, but stock is ready at NBNi and cleared for release NOW! If you don’t already have an Ingram or NBNi account you can contact NBNi directly here:

NBNi How To Orderorders@nbninternational.com or T : 01752202301

Any problems contact Inpress Books Ltd: enquiries@inpressbooks.co.uk or T : 0191 230 8104

(We’re not going to tell Amazon, so that’s a four month head start for Independents. HAHAHA!)

Thank you!

We are delighted to announce we will be launching Pascal O’Loughlin bewitching debut novel Now Legwarmers at the 40FT Brewery!

114 years since plump Buck Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus dipped their toes in the snotgreen sea at Dublin’s Forty Foot, join us as we dip our toes into the canon of Irish literary fiction at the 40FT Brewery Tap Room in Dalston, London.

40FT is one of Hackney’s hidden gems. A real super-node where artists, designers and entrepreneurs have been congregating for the last few years. Attracted by conversation, conviviality and some of the finest craft beers in London. 40FT Larger brought Kolsch to London, and IMHO it’s the best beer brewed here. But perhaps the best partner to Now Legwarmers’ hidden depths will be 40FT Deep, an incredible stout. You can turn up on the night, but email us (RSVP here) to be added to the list and get a drinks token on us.

FREE entry
6pm – 9pm
Friday 20th April 2018
40FT Brewery Tap Room
@40FTbrewery

Bootyard, Abbot Street
E8 3DP
London

Lost? +44 (0) 797 684 3290

40FT Brewery Tap Room is in a shipping container in the Bootyard, tucked behind the Arcola Theatre and Cafe Oto.
Access is via Abbot St. Keep going straight down Abbot St. even though it feels wrong. It is a hidden gem after all.

There is more in the pipeline, but for now we can confirm Pascal will read from the book and copies will be on sale.

Pre-Order this novel NOW here:


Now Legwarmers by Pascal O’Loughlin


 

The best ways to buy:

  1. Direct from our website. Our writers receive almost ten times more money if you buy direct from us. UK customers also get FREE postage. They usually get it quicker too.
  2. From your local Independent Bookshop. Your enquiry brings our authors to the booksellers’ attention. You’ll normally get FREE postage too. Our books are distributed quickly and professionally by NBN International.

Please be aware that discounts applied by big online stores may mean less money for our authors. 

Pascal’s friend Mark has made a video trailer for Now Legwarmers. Thank you Mark!

Remember you can join us in Dalston for the Launch on 20th April 2018. RSVP for a drinks token and further details.

Pre-Sale now on HERE 
£12.99 FREE UK P&P

This April we launch the first in a new series of novels, Now Legwarmers by Pascal O’Loughlin!

6pm-9pm Friday 20th April 2018
Secret location! (3mins from Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction Overground)
RSVP to receive a drinks token (limited): david [at] henninghamfamilypress.co.uk

This beautiful litho-printed and notch-bound paperback has a short cover (image by Mike Newton) that reveals foil-debossed endpapers made with pulped animal dung. It will be available to buy on the night, or you can pre-order below!

Now Legwarmers by Pascal O'Loughlin

Now Legwarmers
by Pascal O’Loughlin

“I wanted to reach into the book and tell him that eventually everything will be okay. His description of small town life is excruciatingly perfect, his attention to detail is exquisite. It’s a gem of a book.”  – Marian Keyes

“Kept so clear and seemingly simple, its skill with what goes unsaid makes it unforgettable. What a beauty.” – Ali Smith on ‘Two Tickets for the Musical’

“On a housing estate called ClonduffSiberia deep in the middle of nowhere really, the body of a horse named RottingDead lies buried in the garden of a house that no family has moved into yet. The body of this horse does not have the head attached but it does have a heart, and its heart is lonely and filled with longing.”

John and his Mother, grieving for his Father, move to ClonduffSiberia. John meets Angela at a youth club disco and she introduces him to kissing, Bowie and cigarettes. Suddenly a girl goes missing and the answer seems to lie in the grown-up world of love and loss John is struggling to navigate.

Pursued by, vivid ghosts, anxious visions and ne’er-do-wells, John takes us with him as he finds himself, in the wrong place.

Pre-Order this novel NOW here:


Now Legwarmers by Pascal O’Loughlin


 

The best ways to buy:

  1. Direct from our website. Our writers receive almost ten times more money if you buy direct from us. UK customers also get FREE postage. They usually get it quicker too.
  2. From your local Independent Bookshop. Your enquiry brings our authors to the booksellers’ attention. You’ll normally get FREE postage too. Our books are distributed quickly and professionally by NBN International.

Please be aware that discounts applied by big online stores may mean less money for our authors. 

 

Pascal O’Loughlin was born in Dublin, moved to London in the 1980s, and became a Librarian at the National Poetry Library.

He won the Chroma Queer Short Story Competition in 2006, judged by Ali Smith and Michael Arditti. His published poems, stories, zines and pamphlets include Walking Naked, Chocoholochismo, RWF/RAF (with Sarah Crewe) and YUKIKO.

Now Legwarmers is his debut novel.

 

Now Legwarmers
by Pascal O’Loughlin
ISBN: 9781999797416
£12.99
240 pages
Paperback
188mm x 130mm x 20mm
Fiction (FA, FIC000000)
available 20th April 2018