Out now: Joanna Walsh’s HAUPTBAHNHOF - A story of waiting, watching, and
remembering, in Berlin’s hectic station… [Buy it here!]
“I know what you are thinking.
But it is possible to sleep on the station. If you don’t look like a tramp, if you change your clothes with reasonable regularity, above all if you look like you are waiting for someone.
I have perfected the waiting look.”
[Cover by Christiana Spens]
We had a great night at Stoke Newington Literary Festival with Influx Press, Galley Beggar Press, and many other lovely people… Here are a few pictures of Adam Biles reading from “Grey Cats” and other nice moments.
Hot off the press: “Hauptbahnhof” by Joanna Walsh and “The Famous Ice-Cream Run” by Joseph Ridgwell…
RECENT EVENTS: Panel Discussion at the University of Kent, and launch of ‘Death of a Ladies’ Man’
Join us on the weekend of June 9th for the Independent Publishing Showcase at Stoke Newington Literary Festival - with our friends at Influx Press and Galley Beggars Press. Adam Biles will be reading, and Christiana Spens joining Sam Jordison, Kit Caless and Gary Budden for a Q&A on, “the nature of independent publishing: positives, pitfalls, how to get started and what lies in the future for the book industry.” There will be drinks afterwards nearby…
Our paperbacks are now available to buy exclusively from the Galley Beggars Store. You can pre-order Adam Biles’ “Grey Cats”, and Christiana Spens’ “Death of a Ladies’ Man” (which will be dispatched by their release date, April 14th) - and Lee Rourke’s poetry collection, “Varroa Destructor” is available now!
All our e-books and chapbooks are also available here.
Yrsa Daley-Ward’s brilliant ‘Emergency Warning’…
Lee Rourke’s debut collection of poetry, VARROA DESTRUCTOR, is on sale today! Buy the paperback from The Galley Beggars Bookstore…
About the Book:
Each of the poems in VARROA DESTRUCTOR occupies the space found in between poetry and prose, and more specifically: poetry and the ‘poetic’. Relayed via a series of events, observations and analyses, these purposely reconstructed poems repeat a signal of everyday, humdrum decay. In detailing the minutiae of the working day - and in particular the modern, working office - ‘Varroa Destructor’ scrutinises those nondescript moments that ordinarily pass us by, revealing a culmination of events which may form the real substance of our daily lives.
Playfully weaving into these poems riffs, thoughts and repsonses to the works of (among others) Francis Ponge, Wallace Stevens, and Jacques Derrida, alongside personal accounts of family illness, and tapping into the blurred realities of technological living, Lee Rourke manages to create a contemporary collection which at once feels strikingly modern, vital and moving - something that is knowingly haunted by ‘poetry’ itself.
“VARROA DESTRUCTOR taps the pressures of technology, boredom and isolation in the city. Restless, neurotic and thoroughly modern, Rourke’s poems are little bullets of urban living. If you’re not careful, they’ll stick in your throat.”