Flambard Press

A blog from an independent publisher in North East England

Month: March, 2012

Andrew Forster and Gladys Mary Coles in Liverpool

Just a reminder that tonight poet and novelist Gladys Mary Coles (The Echoing GreenSong of the Butcher Bird, Clay) and poet Andrew Forster (Fear of Thunder, Territory) will be reading at Liverpool Poetry Cafe in the Bluecoat Centre, Liverpool. The event is 7.30–9.30 pm, and tickets are  £4 (£2 concessions), from the Bluecoat Box Office, 0151 702 5324.

Here’s Andrew reading at Poets and Players:


Smoked Meat longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

Congratulations to Rowena Macdonald whose debut short story collection, Smoked Meat, has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The award is in honour of the great Cork writer and is the single biggest prize for short story collections in the world.

The  Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize is worth €25,000 to the winning author of a collection of short stories published for the first time, in English anywhere in the world, between July 2011 and June 2012 . . .It is hoped the Award, for a complete collection of previously unpublished stories in a book collection, will play a significant role in establishing parity of esteem for the short story collection alongside the novel.

The shortlist will be announced in June. You can download Smoked Meat straight to your e-reader from here, buy a hard copy from Inpress or track the book down in your nearest independent bookshop.

Coming this Summer: The Selected Poems of John Fowles

Photography: 'Cobb Storm' by Peter Wiles

I have always found the writing of poetry, which I began before I attempted prose, an enormous relief from the constant play-acting of fiction. I never pick up a book of poems without thinking that it will have one advantage over most novels: I shall know the writer better at the end of it.’ John Fowles
John Fowles (1926–2005) is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and important English novelists of the second half of the twentieth century. Yet readers of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Magus and The Collector may be surprised to know that Fowles wrote poetry before he embarked on his groundbreaking fiction and continued as a poet throughout his life.
Selected Poems, to be published by Flambard in May, contains the best of Fowles’s poetry, revealing the remarkable depth and range of this neglected sphere of his talent. The majority of the poems have never before been published. The selection has been painstakingly edited by the poet and novelist Adam Thorpe who has been granted access to a large collection of material held by the Fowles Estate.
Flambard Press gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of Arts Council England, who have awarded us Grants for the Arts funding to make this project possible.

More coverage for Strange Horses

Writing in the new Mslexia, Chloe Stopa-Hunt describes the poems in Olivia Byard’s Strange Horses as ‘fine-hewn, often funny, sometimes devastating‘ and ‘full of sidelong looks at life‘. For the full review, find a copy of the Mar/Apr/May edition of Mslexia – which is full of exciting and original articles about writing – and have a look at their website here. Below you can watch Olivia reading ‘Eagle-Owl Caged’ and ‘Raydance’ at her launch in Oxford in 2011.

Poetry News

Excellent news from Nancy Mattson, whose collection Writing with Mercury we published in 2006. Nancy has a new collection out with the excellent Arrowhead PressFinns and Amazons follows on from last summer’s pamphlet, Lines from Karelia. Nancy is appearing at the Edmonton International Poetry Festival in April.

There’s a new poem by Olivia Byard in the latest New Statesman, chosen as their International Women’s Day poem. Olivia’s collection, Strange Horses, was published by Flambard at the end of last year and selected by Mark Sanderson in the Telegraph as one of the best new poetry collections, alongside new books by John Kinsella and W G Sebald.

Congratulations too to Mary Robinson, who has just won the Notting Hill Editions/Words by the Water essay competition. The fascinating ‘Age and Creativity’ is highly recommened and can be read here. Mary has a new pamphlet called Uist Waulking Song coming soon and is reading at these venues over the next few months:

Thursday, 15 March 7 p.m. Grange over Sands library: poetry reading (with Malcolm Carson). Admission charge, refreshments. Email grange.library@cumbria.gov.uk 01539 532749

Wednesday, 25 April 7.30 p.m. Poems for an April Evening: poetry reading at Ireby WI hall (not a WI meeting). £4 including refreshments.

Thursday, 24 May 7 p.m. Penrith Wordsworth Bookshop (St Andrew’s Churchyard): poetry reading (with Jeremy Over). Email info@wordsworthbookshop.co.uk 01768 210604

Our poet Rebecca Goss was highly commended in the Mirehouse Poetry Competition for ‘Ants’, which you can read here.  Well done to Rebecca, who was also a runner-up in the recent Torriano competition and longlisted for the Plough Prize.