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Fossil Sunshine reviewed in TLS

Andrew McCulloch has reviewed Michael McKimm’s Fossil Sunshine in the Times Literary Supplement, writing:

‘Michael McKimm’s Fossil Sunshine (Worple Press) was written to help present the scientific evidence for climate change.  Appropriately enough, McKimm follows Tennyson – a keen champion of science – in imagining, in “Riptide”, a modern-day Kraken rising from the seabed, with terrifying consequences: “what’s incubated in the depths now free / swollen, then breathing… / and quickening in water”. Tennyson’s leviathan can sleep until Judgement Day: if we are as close to the carbon trigger as scientists believe, that could be sooner than we think. Read these poems!’

You can read other reviews of Fossil Sunshine from London Grip and Under the Radar magazines.

Buy Fossil Sunshine here.

Clive Wilmer launches Urban Pastorals

Join us on Monday 24 November to celebrate the publication of Clive Wilmer’s sequence Urban Pastorals, in the Milstein Room, Cambridge University Library, 5 – 6.30pm. Clive will read from this acclaimed new work and there will also be a display of papers from the Clive Wilmer archive in the University Library.

This reading forms part of Cambridge Poetry Collection, a week of poetry events in Cambridge, hosted by Cambridge University Library and a number of the colleges of the University. Running from Saturday 22 – Friday 28 November, the week features a series of readings, discussions and workshops relating to Cambridge poets and poetry.  All are welcome, and admission to events is free. Find out more on the festival website.

Find out more about Clive Wilmer and his Worple collections.

Anthony Wilson at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

Anthony Wilson, author of Riddance, Full Stretch and Nowhere Better Than This, is the guest blogger at the 2014 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Throughout the weekend Anthony will be keeping you up to date with everything that’s happening at the festival, from the wide variety of events and workshops, to what’s going on behind the scenes. The blog will feature his own posts, contributions from some of the poets on the programme, photographs and responses from the wider poetry community.

Anthony is also involved in a number of events. On Friday 7, from 2 – 4pm, he is running a workshop called How Are You? Poetry and the body; later that day, at 7pm, he’ll be introducing 4 new exciting poets – Finuala Dowling, Jonathan Edwards, Bronwyn Lea and Chrissy Williams – at Jerwood Kiln.  And on Saturday 8 at 1.15pm, don’t miss the chance to hear Anthony in conversation with Beverly Rycroft; both cancer survivors, Anthony and Beverly will discuss Poetry and Illness, and read from their work.

For more on these events and everything that’s happening at this excellent festival, visit the Festival Website.

New Titles for Autumn 2014

We are pleased to announce the publication of three exciting new titles for Autumn 2014!













In Martyn Crucefix’s bold new sequence of poems, A Hatfield Mass, the sensuous shapes of Henry Moore’s work interweave with the fluid, observant voices of the verse. Read more.


Julian Stannard’s The Street of Perfect Love is a fantastic new chapbook from a poet much celebrated for his tonal control and simultaneous considerations of matters mordant and gleeful. Read more.


Exploring interactions of the natural world in the light of human relationships, Isabel Galleymore’s first collection of poems move between the loving, the symbiotic and the parasitic. Read more.