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I have come to hope that a Rack Press pamphlet may be a tiny gift-box of unusually good poems – Alison Brackenbury, PN Review

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Poetry Book Fair 30 September

Chris Kinsey reading from her new pamphlet Muddy Fox
 in January
Welcome back after our much needed long break here at the Rack Press blog. We are looking forward to the Poetry Book Fair in London on Saturday 30 September where two of our poets from Wales will be reading during the day: Chris Kinsey and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch. If you are in London on 30th September come and talk to us on our stall where there will be lots of bargains.

We will be announcing shortly our arrangements for the future for submissions to the Press.

Samantha Wynne Rhydderch, who will be reading from
Lime & Winter
seen here with fellow Rack Poets (L-R)
Deirdre Shanahan, Samantha, Hazel Frew, and
Martina Evans at an event at the London Irish Centre
celebrating our Irish, Scottish and Welsh poets

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The Water Steps: a new title from William Palmer

This year Rack Press published its 50th poetry pamphlet and we are pleased to announce the publication on 31st May of our first book-length poetry collection, The Water Steps, by William Palmer. This fine collection is available to order now (£9.95, post free) using the Paypal button on this page.

Later reviews include Ian Pople in The Manchester Review: "This is a book of beautiful poems, each of which catches a different facet of the light and uses it to shine upon a different corner of a singular, and beautifully achieved world. It is a book to be noticed."

William Palmer has had three books of poetry published; the first, The Island Rescue (2007), was awarded the Collection Prize at the Listowel Writers' Festival. Poems and stories have appeared in many journals including London Magazine, Poetry Review, The Rialto, Stand, The Times Literary Supplement, and Warwick Review. He was awarded a Travelling Scholarship by the Society of Authors in 1997.  He is also the author of six novels, the latest of which is 
The Devil is White (Jonathan Cape 2013)
‘There is a kindness in William Palmer's poems: a generosity of perception, language and melody (read him aloud), but he is also generous in his poems' precision and economy. William Palmer's poetry never excludes readers, but it does challenge them at the same time as it charms them. He is one of our most interesting poets...’
David Morley
‘These shapely, profound poems...It is hard not to love a poetry whose rhythms seem to finger the pulse of the world outside and the beat of its time.’
Alison Brackenbury

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Rack Press Editions Special Summer Offer

Our summer offer means that if you order any of the Rack Press Editions titles you can see here you can have them for £5 each. Just specify which other title you would like when ordering by Paypal here.

Small but perfectly-formed our ‘little green books’ pack an original punch.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Rack Poets Launched

Kathryn Gray reading from “Flowers"
A fantastic crowd turned out in Bloomsbury at the end of January to meet the four new Rack Poets of 2017 and here they are going through their paces.

We have copies of the individual pamphlets available to purchase here online as well as some of the bargain packs of the full set of 4, each signed and numbered by the author, at a reduced price of £15.

                                                                                      We hope you enjoy them.
Rory Waterman reading from
“Brexit Day on the Balmoral Estate"
Martha Sprackland reading from “Glass as Broken Glass"

Chris Kinsey reading from “Muddy Fox"

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Rack Press Poets of 2017 launched on 27th January

It is, we hope, one of the early highlights of the poetry year: the annual launch of the new Rack Press pamphlets with this year another great quartet lined up.  The event at the Art Workers’ Guild in Bloomsbury is always a great party and we look forward to seeing you there.

If you can’t make it you can order the pamphlets here and now.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

New Titles for 2017 available to buy now

We are delighted to say that the four new Rack Press poetry pamphlets for 2017 are available for purchase here now using our Paypal button.  The official publication date and launch is 27 January 2017 but you can buy them now exclusively from this site and receive them in time for Christmas.

A particularly strong quartet this year they are:-

Flowers by Kathryn Gray
Muddy Fox by Chris Kinsey
Glass as Broken Glass by Martha Sprackland
Brexit Day on the Balmoral Estate by Rory Waterman

All are priced at £5.

At the launch on Friday 27th January at 18.30 at The Art Workers’ Guild, Queen Square, London WC1 we will have on sale, as well as the individual pamphlets, special sets of all four, each signed and numbered by the author, at a bargain price.  Make a note of this date in your diary as all are welcome.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Silly Lady Novelists?

We had a very successful launch on 21st October in London of our latest title from the Rack Press Editions imprint: Silly Lady Novelists? by Michèle Roberts. You can see an image of the cover over to the right here.  This is the third title in the “little green book” series which offers short form elegantly provocative writing and you can order this now.

What kind of novels should women write? Should anyone be prescribing the answer to such a question? In a lively and polemical response to George Eliot’s famous Westminster Review essay of 1856 “Silly Novels by Lady Novelists”, novelist, poet and critic Michèle Roberts offers a challenging examination of current debates around fiction and sex.

Michèle Roberts has written 13 novels and is Professor Emerita at the University of East Anglia. She lives in South London and her new novel is The Walworth Beauty.

The book also contains some original artwork by Michèle Roberts

Silly Lady Novelists? by Michèle Roberts,
Published 21 October 2016, 64pp, £8 (postage free when purchased here online).

While you are waiting why not order one of our previous Rack Press Editions?

Bloomsbury and the Poets by Nicholas Murray
‘a delight’ – The Spectator

The Whitsun Wedding Video by Jeremy Noel-Tod
‘a suavely witty and wise collection of essays’ –
David Wheatley, The Poetry Foundation.