NEW PAMPHLETS: HUGO WILLIAMS AND ARVIND KRISHNA MEHROTRA

We are delighted to announce publication of our spring 2022 pamphlets:

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Ghalib: A Diary
Hugo Williams, The West Pier

Further information and a link to order is here.

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NWE LAUNCH READING: HUGO WILLIAMS & ARVIND KRISHNA MEHROTRA

Join us for the launch of two New Walk Editions pamphlets:

Ghalib, A Diary, by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
The West Pier, by Hugo Williams

Readings will be followed by an audience-led Q&A.

Register here.

Registration is £2, and can be redeemed on 10 May against the cost of any of our pamphlets. The new pamphlets will go on sale on 10 May.

ARVIND KRISHNA MEHROTRA lives in Dehra Dun, in the foothills of the Himalayas. He is the author of seven books of poetry and two collections of essays, and has also done a lot of translation work. His Selected Poems and Translations was shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize for poetry, and his Collected Poems (not including Ghalib, A Diary) was published by Shearsman this year.

Ghalib has been called ‘one of the most subtle and complex minds of the Indian nineteenth century’. In Dastanbūy (Nosegay), written in 1857 and 1858, he reflects on the events of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Ghalib, A Diary draws on an English translation of the original Persian and also, formally, on Basil Bunting’s Chomei at Toyama. The result is a narrative immediate in its telling, and at once particular and universal in its predicaments.

HUGO WILLIAMS was born in 1942 and grew up in Sussex. He worked on the London Magazine from 1961 to 1970, and since then has earned his living as a journalist and travel writer. Billy’s Rain won the T.S. Eliot Prize in 1999. His Collected Poems was published in 2002. In 2004 he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

The West Pier is a lyrical sketchbook of the poet’s life so far. A teenage brush with Swinging London in the company of Guinness heir Tara Browne, who “blew his mind out in a car” in the Beatles’ ‘Day in the Life’ is the traumatic transition to adult life and marriage in pre-gentrified Islington, one time haunt of his hero Sir Walter Raleigh. The sequence is shaped and shadowed by the ‘leaving faces’ of friends and the heinous arson of Brighton’s West Pier, where he played as a child and went on early dates.

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NWE Launch Reading: John Gallas and Belinda Rimmer, 18 November, 7pm, online

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New pamphlets published: John Gallas and Belinda Rimmer

We are delighted to announce the publication of these two very different pamphlets. Orders can be made HERE. Please also note that we will be launching the pamphlets at 7pm UK time, online, on Thursday 18 November. You can sign up HERE. Further information about the pamphlets is below.

Belinda Rimmer, Holding On

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These poems all concern themselves, in one way or another, with female experience. Precise evocations of significant moments from the poet’s life in various settings – kitchen, classroom, nightclub, riverbank, hospital ward – are complemented and enhanced by fulsome tributes to the lives and achievements of creative women who have inspired her. The pamphlet not only bears eloquent witness to the challenges of living as a woman, and as a girl, in an often hostile world; it also explores the processes of memory and imagination by which such challenges are endured and understood.

“Take the reader inside the lives of the damaged but defiant: her female protagonists bear the scars of their struggles and insist on their right to self-determination. Whether dancing partnerless in a 1970s disco in Swindon, straining against the restrictions of bourgeois marriage, or coping with mental illness, these girls and women are often ‘alone but not lonely’, finding inner freedom in a world that otherwise hems them in.”
David Clarke

John Gallas, Aotearoa/Angleland: 40+40 Tankas

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A life, a heart, a soul – and a book – divided. Happily divided. In this pamphlet, John Gallas wanders the corners of his two homelands: Aotearoa and England. The heart doesn’t bleed, the soul doesn’t yearn to be one, and Life can always get on a plane.

“Only the form is consistent: other things vary – the language, for example (snatches of Latin and Spanish, and five whole lines in Esperanto), the settings, the mood (brisk, tender, romantic, demotic, inconsequential), the personnel (Bev in Aotearoa is enjoined to round the sheep up, and why is that owl standing on a station platform in Angleland with a paper bag on its head?) His restless imagination and exuberant vocabulary bounce us through a variety of locations, moods, landscapes and seasons, from the bush-clad South Island of New Zealand to some distinctly unpredictable spots in the English Midlands.”
Fleur Adcock

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New pamphlets by William Wootten and Lisa Kelly!

These pamphlets will be launched online on 4 May, 7pm UK time. Sign up here!

  • Lisa Kelly, From the IKEA Back Catalogue

These poems are preoccupied with how IKEA, as a global corporation, uses language and marketing terms to create iconic products that will find their way into our homes and are part of a disposable culture opposed to a more sustainable way of living. When the language is freed from its corporate mould and the explicit aim to sell, other worlds and stories suggest themselves. The poems attempt to resist the orbit of the corporation and its intent to subsume language into currency and profit.

“Wandering the claustrophobic and endless aisles of IKEA, Lisa’s imagination delves into language and draws on inspiration from the likes of William Carlos Williams and Anton Chekov.” Briony Bax

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  • William Wootten, Looking at the Horsemen

The poems in this pamphlet range across settings, subjects and eras: from Christ at the workbench, to rats on a plague ship, to life on a far planet. They may darkly reimagine fictional ideals – whether of shepherds or superheroes – or give elaborate shape to uncomfortable truths. Still, the poems’ most persistent preoccupation is time. They can look forward from the past, or back from the future, or simply catch the moment the season turns.

“There is nothing, one feels, this poet could not have language do.”
Jonathan Edwards

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15 September, 7pm (UK): New Walk Editions online reading – with Alan Jenkins, Linda Stern Zisquit and Declan Ryan

Please join us at 7pm (UK time) on 15 September for a New Walk Editions reading with three of our wonderful pamphlet poets. 

Registration is required, and space is limited. Please register here. Registration is only £2.

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Alan Jenkins‘s collections of poetry include Harm, The Drift and A Shorter Life (all with Chatto & Windus) and Revenants, published by Clutag Press. His New Walk Editions pamphlet, Tidemarks, was published in 2018. He has served as long-time Deputy Editor and Poetry Editor of the TLS, and was Writer in Residence at St John’s College, University of Cambridge from 2015-18. His many poetry awards include a Forward Prize, a Cholmondeley Award, a shortlisting for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and a Poetry book Society Choice.

Linda Stern Zisquit has published five collections, most recently Return from Elsewhere and Havoc: New & Selected Poems. Her translations from Hebrew include Wild Light: Selected Poems of Yona Wallach and These Mountains: Selected Poems of Rivka Miriam. Her New Walk Editions pamphlet, From the Notebooks of Korah’s Daughter, was published in 2019. For many years she has been Poetry Coordinator and Associate Professor in the Bar Ilan MA in Creative Writing Program. Born in Buffalo, NY, she lives in Jerusalem.

Declan Ryan was born in County Mayo, Ireland, and has lived mainly in London. He was published in the Faber New Poets series in 2014, and his New Walk Editions pamphlet, Fighters, Losers, was published in 2019. His work has appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, Poetry (US), Poetry Ireland and the New Statesman, among others.

There will be a Q&A session after the reading, during which you’ll be welcome to ask questions.

Thank you for your support. We hope you enjoy the reading. Please register here. The event is scheduled to lat one hour.

You can order any of our pamphlets here.

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New pamphlets by Kate Bingham & N. S. Thompson!

We are delighted to announce the publication of Kate Bingham’s Archway Sonnets and N. S. Thompson’s After War. They are available to order now, in advance of their online launch on 13 August. Please visit our shop to make an order. Subscribers’ copies will be sent out very soon!

Register for the launch reading here.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the reading. At the event, you will be able to ask questions, and there will be a Q&A following the readings. Run time is expected to be one hour.

About the poets and pamphlets:

N. S. Thompson is a poet, critic and translator of Italian fiction. He has worked as a gardener and museum curator in Italy and an academic and creative writing tutor in Oxford. With Andy Croft he edited A Modern Don Juan: Cantos for These Times by Divers Hands (Five Leaves) and his poetry publications include Letter to Auden (Smokestack Books) and Mr Larkin on Photography (Red Squirrel). His translations of Italian poetry can be found in The Faber Book of 20th Century Italian PoemsEugenio Montale: Poems (Penguin) and Centres of Cataclysm: Fifty Years of Modern Poetry in Translation (Bloodaxe).

Several of the poems in After War are direct autobiographical reminiscences of childhood landscapes studded with reminders of war and depictions of postwar reconstruction. Others present snapshots of America and Italy directly after the Second World War. All speak, one way or another, to the world in which we find ourselves now.

‘Elegant and thoughtful. The poems are distilled and forceful.’ Rachel Hadas

Kate Bingham is the author of two novels, several screenplays and three collections of poetry. Quicksand Beach was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2006, and in 2010 ‘On Highgate Hill’ was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Her third collection is Infragreen (Seren, 2015). Archway Sonnets is her first pamphlet.

Set in one of London’s least celebrated districts, and guided by John Clare’s sustained close-up attention to place, these urban and domestic nature poems are miniatures from the early days of a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene, a time of reckoning and constraint. They live within their means, as we all must, seeking to reduce, reuse and recycle the world as they find it. Each sonnet is an experiment in adaptation, an attunement to form.

‘These sonnets – which have shuttled me between grief and joy – make one grateful to be alive.’ Kathryn Maris

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August 13, 7pm: online launch for new pamphlets by Kate Bingham and N. S. Thompson

Please join us at 7pm (UK time) on 13 August for the online launch of two new NEW WALK EDITIONS pamphlets:

Kate Bingham’s Archway Sonnets and N. S. Thompson’s After War.

Information about joining is below. There is a very small registration fee of £2. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. 

These are hard times for very small presses. We know we are not alone in this regard, and we greatly appreciate your support. Without it, we could not survive.

Register in advance for this reading:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_07ETZQo6Q0y6cxYwQ2dh2w

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the reading. At the event, you will be able to ask questions, and there will be a Q&A following the readings. Run time is expected to be one hour.

About the poets and pamphlets:

N. S. Thompson is a poet, critic and translator of Italian fiction. He has worked as a gardener and museum curator in Italy and an academic and creative writing tutor in Oxford. With Andy Croft he edited A Modern Don Juan: Cantos for These Times by Divers Hands (Five Leaves) and his poetry publications include Letter to Auden (Smokestack Books) and Mr Larkin on Photography (Red Squirrel). His translations of Italian poetry can be found in The Faber Book of 20th Century Italian PoemsEugenio Montale: Poems (Penguin) and Centres of Cataclysm: Fifty Years of Modern Poetry in Translation (Bloodaxe).

Several of the poems in After War are direct autobiographical reminiscences of childhood landscapes studded with reminders of war and depictions of postwar reconstruction. Others present snapshots of America and Italy directly after the Second World War. All speak, one way or another, to the world in which we find ourselves now.

‘Elegant and thoughtful. The poems are distilled and forceful.’ Rachel Hadas

Kate Bingham is the author of two novels, several screenplays and three collections of poetry. Quicksand Beach was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2006, and in 2010 ‘On Highgate Hill’ was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Her third collection is Infragreen (Seren, 2015). Archway Sonnets is her first pamphlet.

Set in one of London’s least celebrated districts, and guided by John Clare’s sustained close-up attention to place, these urban and domestic nature poems are miniatures from the early days of a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene, a time of reckoning and constraint. They live within their means, as we all must, seeking to reduce, reuse and recycle the world as they find it. Each sonnet is an experiment in adaptation, an attunement to form.

‘These sonnets – which have shuttled me between grief and joy – make one grateful to be alive.’ Kathryn Maris

The pamphlets will be on sale in our online shop from launch day onwards.

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New pamphlets by Steve Ely and John Greening

We are proud to publish two new pamphlets, which you can order here:

Steve Ely, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heauen

This sequence is about falling and fallen-ness, thrown-ness and being thrown. It is about love and betrayal, altruism and self-absorption.

‘These poems are blistering in their honesty [and] thread together a new perspective on fatherhood, masculinity, redemption and guilt’ (Kim Moore)

John Greening, Europa’s Flight

These fifteen sonnets, illustrated by the poet’s daughter Rosie Greening, began on a flight to Crete, as an exploration of the island’s mythology. He quickly found the myths were taking the poem where it hadn’t been scheduled to go – into oblique commentary on Brexit.

‘Greening fills his crown of sonnets with astounding combinations and varieties
of subject. He confronts borders and that which cannot be confined by
borders’ (Martyn Crucefix)

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Steve Ely & John Greening New Walk Editions launch event, 29 November!

Greening and Ely Leicester launch poster

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