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What’s next for Telltale Press…?

We’ve been a bit quiet on here, and the reason for that is simply that we’ve all been busy – with work, family, pamphlets, plays and more…

Good news though – we now have a date for our next Telltale Press & Friends, and we’ve booked our Special Guest reader – but more to follow on this once we have the CONFIRMED booking from our London venue.

Also on the cards is a Telltale anthology, which should make its way into the world next Spring.

Thanks for keeping up with Telltale. We’ll soon be enticing you to our next event. Hope you can come.

A warm night at the Lewes Arms

Lewes Arms

Warm in the sense of friendly I mean – although we did also need to open windows. I’m of course talking about last Friday and our latest Telltale Poets & Friends readings at the Lewes Arms. It’s a delightfully intimate pub, no longer with an actual stage upstairs but still a great venue for poetry readings. Plus it’s sort of become our mothership.

Sorry, no pics this time – except the ‘before’ photo of the room, so that I could see how the tables needed to go back before we moved them all – so you just have to imagine how our readers looked, especially Katrina in her beautiful vintage frock.

Telltale’s Siegfried Baber and Sarah Barnsley gave us storming sets with many new poems, and it was a pleasure to welcome Marion Tracy and Katrina Naomi as our guest poets. It’s just occurred to me that they have something in common, in that they have surnames that could be first names – spooky! I’m glad I didn’t think of that before the intros, or I would have certainly said “Please welcome Tracy Marion!” or something equally daft. Katrina, who had journeyed up from Penzance, mesmerised us with her witty and moving poetry. She had to contend with noisy blokes outside AND the sudden dramatic collapse of our roller banner, but she carried on like a true pro. Marion’s reading was excellent as always – surreal and joyously unpredictable poems.

It felt like all our friends and supporters were there, as well as a good number of people we didn’t know but many of whom came up afterwards to say how much they enjoyed it, and that really made for a super evening. Thank you everyone who came, bought books and donated generously the Telltale funds (there’s a new banner to buy after all!)

Interior Lewes Arms

Our cosy room, before we moved the tables and everyone arrived – !

Launch of Jess Mookherjee’s pamphlet

It’s gone to print and we’re getting excited about launching ‘The Swell’, the debut pamphlet from our newest member Jessica Mookherjee.

The official launch event will be on Wednesday 5th October, 7.15pm, at the Pitcher & Piano, Tunbridge Wells. Do come and hear Jess reading from her pamphlet, plus guest readers and who knows, maybe a Telltale-style surprise or two…

And if you’re going to be at the Poetry Book Fair Free Verse on Saturday 17th September, please say hello to the Telltale Poets – not only will be sharing a table with our good friends The Frogmore Press, but some of us will also be reading in the evening at the Square Pig & Pen. Hope to see you there!

 

Another great night at the Poetry Cafe

Poets at Telltale Press & Friends, July 2016

Sarah Barnsley, John McCullough, Jess Mookherjee & Peter Kenny

Despite the best efforts of Southern Rail to derail our evening in London last week (derail! See what I did there?) it was another lovely/lively night at the Poetry Cafe.

Sadly, Siegfried Baber was poorly which meant he was unable to read, but Peter Kenny stepped in and joined Sarah Barnsley, Jess Mookherjee and John McCullough. All strong readings and a particular pleasure to hear Jess in her first reading as a Telltale poet, with a sneak preview of some of the poems in her pamphlet which we’re working on now and planning to launch in October. Exciting!

Huge thanks also to John McCullough, who’s been a friend of Telltale from the start, having read at our Brighton launch in 2014. John’s latest collection is Spacecraft (Penned in the Margins), a fine book which unsurprisingly sold well on the night.

Thank you to everyone who came, bought poetry, donated to the press and made the evening so much fun.

Here’s footage of Peter reading:

Poet Peter Kenny reads ‘Postcard from Ithaca’ from Telltale Press on Vimeo.

A good night of readings in Lewes

Poets reading at Telltale Press & Friends, Lewes, April 2016

The upstairs room at the Lewes Arms is great for poetry readings – intimate, so need for a mic, but with a small stage. It’s also pretty quiet, unless the windows are open, in which case there’s inevitably a bit of noise from outside. If there are 30 people there it’s packed.

Anyway, the point is we had a super-relaxed Telltale Press & Friends night there on Wednesday, with a full room and attentive audience. Great to see so many poet friends and supporters.

The poets reading were Telltales Sarah Barnsley and Robin Houghton, newcomer Rebecca White and special guest Abegail Morley, with Siegfried Baber doing the introductions.

Thank you to everyone who came, and see you at the next one – date and venue tbc but probably in the summer – make sure you join our mailing list if you’re not already on it, and we’ll keep you posted.

Poets reading at Telltale Press & Friends, Lewes, April 2016

Robin Houghton, Rebecca White, Sarah Barnsley and Abegail Morley after their readings.

 

Video: Peter Kenny & Jack Underwood at the Poetry Cafe

Two short clips from our Telltale Press & Friends night on 7th January 2016:

 

Great night of readings at the Poetry Cafe

On Thursday we had a full house at the Poetry Cafe in London for our first Telltale Press & Friends night of 2016.

Our guest poets were Jack Underwood and Kitty Coles. Jack’s first full collection Happiness was published last year by Faber & Faber – we heard poems from this plus a number of new poems. Kitty is an up and coming poet from Surrey who’s widely published across a range of magazines. Telltale readers were Peter Kenny and Siegfried Baber. It was an excellent variety of voices and a great way to kick off the New Year.

Thank you to everyone who came along, including Hilaire, Louise Ordish, Rebecca White and a host of lovely people, plus everyone who helped spread the word on social media – you are all stars.

Jack Underwood reading at Telltale Press & Friends, Poetry Cafe, London, January 2016

Jack Underwood

 

Peter Kenny reading at Telltale Press & Friends, Poetry Cafe, London, January 2016

Peter Kenny

Kitty Coles reading at Telltale Press & Friends, Poetry Cafe, London, January 2016

Kitty Coles

 

Siegfried Baber reading at Telltale Press & Friends, Poetry Cafe, London, January 2016

Siegfried Baber

Announcing our new Patron: Carol Ann Duffy

We’re delighted and proud to announce that Dame Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate, has agreed to be our Patron.

Carol Ann Duffy, Patron of Telltale Press

Photo by Michael Woods.

Carol Ann is a fantastic supporter of new poetry initiatives and it was her encouragement that sowed the seeds of Telltale Press in 2014. She believes in our idea of being proactive, creating opportunities for poets and seizing the means of poetry production.

It’s a brilliant endorsement of our model and extremely motivational for us that Carol Ann is willing to associate her name with the Press.

These are exciting times for Telltale as we move into our third year – with plans for new members, more readings and more first pamphlets.

 

 

Sarah Barnsley pamphlet launch

November 12th: Telltale launches its fourth pamphlet, Sarah Barnsley’s marvellous The Fire Station at Goldsmiths, London. We achieved record sales for a launch! You can also buy it here.

Sarah Barnsley Goldsmiths pamphlet launch

Sarah also read from her pamphlet at the Pighog night at the Redroaster Cafe in Brighton.

Sarah Barnsley reading at Pighog poetry night

 

‘The Fire Station’ Launch Readings

Sarah Barnsley reading at Red Roaster

Sarah Barnsley will be reading from her new pamphlet The Fire Station this autumn at two events:

Poetry at the Red Roaster Cafe in Brighton, 29th October, 7.45pm when Sarah is sharing the bill with Paul Feldwick.

And the official pamphlet launch reading is on Thursday 12th November at Goldsmiths, University of London, at a special edition of Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS). The event will be held in Warmington Tower Room A, main campus, at 6.30pm.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Sarah read, it’s a brilliant collection.

Plus refreshments, giveaways and general Telltale fabulousness.

See you there!