It's Flarestack, Jim,
but not as we know it
Changes at Flarestack
Flarestack Publishing has now morphed into Flarestack Poets, in the capable and enthusiastic hands of Meredith Andrea and Jacqui Rowe - look at www.flarestackpoets.co.uk for details.
During the last few years, I have published the following collections:
Kathleen Kenny “Sandblasting the cave”
Jo Pearson “Joanne doesn’t live here anymore”
Roberta Burnett “Trying not to look”
Cat Dickson “For those of you still travelling”
Ellen Rachlin “Captive to residue”
Anne Cluysenaar “Water to breathe”
Tricia Torrington – "The Opium Fish", &
Joan Poulson's "onetree journals"
(I do hope I have not overlooked anyone – please get in touch if you think I may have done and it’s you). Hereafter I shall 'simply' be carrying on as editor of Obsessed With Pipework magazine, but I am passing on the Flarestack pamphlet torch.
Here's chapter & verse:-
In autumn 2009, Flarestack launched its new imprint, Flarestack Poets, under the direction of Meredith Andrea and Jacqui Rowe (both Flarestack poets). Already they have won the 2010 Michael Marks award, for Selima Hill's "Advice on Wearing Animal Skins". They are looking for more poetry that dares outside current trends, even against the grain…collections that aren’t bus queues... from poets who are forging their own linguistic connections with the root-ball of experience. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or see the Flarestack Poets website www.flarestackpoets.co.uk . Flarestack pamphlets have a reputation for quality and diversity, and for encouraging work from new and established voices.
Last evening (8th November 2007) I was delighted to be able to go to Exeter Cathedral and hear a concert by the Exeter Festival Chorus that included the premiere of Living Tree, a work by Peter Nickol for choir, harp and brass ensemble. Most of the words for the piece are drawn from Joan Poulson's book of poems onetree singing. Later this year we shall be publishing an edition of the journal section of the book, with watercolour illustrations from Elizabeth Stuart-Smith.
Negotiations are proceeding with
London Water, by
Russian literature scholar Belinda Cooke's
Ivan Silverberg's poem Equine encounter (from Obsessed With Pipework) appears among the Highly Commended poems in the 2007 Forward Book of Poetry.
Obsessed With Pipework number 40 (the autumn issue and also our tenth anniversary number) has now been mailed to subscribers & contributors. We continue our policy of including up to half a dozen poems by a poet where the quality of their submissions warrants this - which gives readers a much better idea of the poet's range. As usual, the magazine includes new voices alongside some OWP regulars.
One of Flarestack’s notable projects was Grasshopper Inscriptions, pamphlet of work by South Birmingham poet