Monday, October 13, 2008

West Midlands Publishing Consortium, Anyone?

I was vaguely trying to do a mental list of the literary publishing houses in the region, but I'm sure I'm missing a few. Anyone help me out here?

Nine Arches Press
Tindal Street
Coal Press (now closed? published Roz Goddard then vanished)
Heaventree Press
Purple Patch?
Five Leaves (technically E. Mids, but published David Hart)
Leafe Press (ditto - Nottingham based)
Derek Walcott Press (an imprint of Heaventree)
Ragged Raven Press
Raka Books International (Roi Kwabena)

I'm sure I've missed a few... And there are probably plenty more in E Mids worth looking at.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Update on the Warwick Laureateship 2008-09

The launch of Nine Arches Press, with new Midlands poetry publishers Matt Nunn and Jane Commane (with me in the middle), at the first public reading of my long poem, "On Warwick Castle" last week.

So, about a week ago, I very cheerfully handed over the Warwick Poet Laureateship to Cathy Whittaker, who will hold that post from 2008 - 09.

During my Laureateship, I wrote my long poem, "On Warwick Castle", and published that last week along with other Warwick-related poems in a pamphlet from Nine Arches Press, plus wrote several locally commissioned pieces, as well as six riddle poems for Tescos and sixteen poems to accompany Anand Chhabra's photographs in the Warwick Words Poetry & Photography Exhibition. I also visited a few schools in the region as Poet Laureate, and performed at a number of social events, including a rather delicious fish and chip fund-raising supper at the medieval Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick.

Meanwhile, although I shall miss being so closely involved with poetry in the Warwickshire region, I'm excited to be turning back to my own personal writing projects, and wish the new Laureate, Cathy Whittaker, all the very best in her year ahead!