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Tamar Yoseloff, Sue Rose & Sarah Barnsley at the Poetry Cafe

Just a week to go till our next ‘Telltale Poets & Friends‘ – our informal reading series featuring special guests. Peter and I hope you can join us at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street in London’s Covent Garden, at 7pm next Thursday 18th June.

We’re delighted to have Tamar Yoseloff and Sue Rose coming to read recent work, and also our newest member, Sarah Barnsley. We’re currently working on the production of Sarah’s debut pamphlet, ‘The Fire Station’, which will be published in September. It’s a wonderful first collection and we’re so proud to have Sarah on board. Do come and hear her read and enjoy a sneak preview of the pamphlet.

Photo of Sarah Barnsley by Hannah Brackenbury

Photo of Sarah Barnsley by Hannah Brackenbury

Emma Lee reviews ‘When Love Came To The Cartoon Kid’

We’re thrilled with a new review of ‘When Love Came To The Cartoon Kid’ on Emma Lee’s blog. Emma is a well-respected poetry reviewer who writes an excellent blog and doesn’t pull her punches.

Read the review of Siegfried Baber’s pamphlet here …

 

 

 

Interview at The Poetry Shed

Abegail Morley of The Poetry Shed interviewed Robin recently about Telltale – how it came about and how it works. Read the interview here.

Launch of ‘When Love Came To The Cartoon Kid’

Siegfried Baber launch reading photo by Dot & Lucy Photography

Huge thanks to Toppings Bookshop in Bath, and to Saber the manager there, for not only supporting our latest pamphlet but for hosting the launch reading last Wednesday.

Siegfried Baber’s ‘When Love Came To The Cartoon Kid’ is a fantastic debut from a young poet with a great poetry career ahead of him. It was a super audience and nearly 30 pamphlets were sold there and then … plus we’ve already had mail orders from as far afield as Australia! You can buy the pamphlet here …

Thanks so much to Dot of Dot & Lucy Photography for allowing us to reproduce her photos on this site.

Siegfried Baber,  Toppings Bookshop May 2015 photo by Dot & Lucy Photography

 

 

Sarah Barnsley joins Telltale

We’re absolutely delighted to welcome our newest member, Sarah Barnsley.

Sarah Barnsley was born in 1974 grew up in the Midlands. She was shortlisted for an Eric Gregory Award (2004), the Bridport Prize (2010), and was joint runner-up in the Poetry School/Pighog Pamphlet Competition (2014). Sarah teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has published poems in a range of magazines, as well as essays on American modernist poetry. Her first book of literary criticism, Mary Barnard, American Imagist, was published by SUNY Press in 2013. Sarah lives in Hove.

We’ll be publishing Sarah’s pamphlet later in the year, so watch out for further news of that. She will also be one of our readers at the next ‘Telltale Poets & Friends’ event at the Poetry Cafe on June 18th.

A small stake in printspace

The Poetry Society’s Spring issue of Poetry News, featured Telltale’s own Robin Houghton writing about blogging. Robin, in fact, is a bit of a blogging boffin and has written three books on the subject, including Blogging for Writers. In her article she quizzed  some of Britain’s best-known bardic bloggers: Sarah Westcott, Abegail Morley, Roy Marshall, Josephine Corcoran, John Field, Anthony Wilson and George Szirtes about what makes their blogs tick, and how this relates to their other writing.

Well worth pilfering a copy of Poetry News if you’ve not seen it.

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Robin Houghton in Poetry News

A great night at the Lewes Arms

Telltale Poets and Friends at the Lewes Arms

Peter Kenny, Siegfried Baber, Helen Fletcher & Martin Malone

Telltale Press & Friends took the Lewes Arms by storm last night, battling a train derailment, a ukulele group next door, and the warmest day of the year so far. . . but the room was full, everybody was happy and it was fantastic to see so many friendly faces.

Unfortunately Ryan Whatley wasn’t able to make it, but Siegfried Baber stepped up with about ten minutes’ notice and read from his new pamphlet, When Love Came To The Cartoon Kid. Although the pamphlet launches officially next month, our Lewes audience got a sneak preview and sales were good.

Peter Kenny was marvellous as the opening reader, performing one long poem from memory to great effect, and in the second half we heard readings from Helen Fletcher and Martin Malone. Helen had come all the way from Carlisle, and Martin from Warwickshire. Both were well received and the evening felt like a wonderful mix of styles and subject matter, not to mention a groovy poet get-together.

In the audience was a fearsome array of poetic talent, including many of the Lewes literati, plus Stephen Bone, a brilliant supporter of the press (read Robin’s review of his collection ‘In the Cinema’), and Roy Marshall who was there partly to get Martin home before the witching hour.

We also announced our latest Telltale Poet – but more about her shortly!

Huge thanks to our helpers & invaluable supporters Lorraine and Nick, and to the folks at the Lewes Arms for their hospitality … we’ll be back!

Announcing our newest member Siegfried Baber

The Telltale collective is expanding! We’re delighted to announce that Siegfried Baber has come on board and we’ll be publishing his pamphlet When Love Came to the Cartoon Kid…

STOP PRESS – pamphlet launch in Bath on May 13th at Topping’s Bookshop!

Siegfried joined us for ‘Telltale Poets and Friends’ at the Poetry Cafe in January and everyone was impressed with his work and the confidence of his reading. Associate Editor Catherine Smith praised his ‘distinct voice and great imagery’ and we’re all very excited. We’ll be looking to have a launch event in Bath, and there’ll be more opportunities to hear Sieg read, so we’ll keep you posted about that.

Siegfried Baber

Siegfried Baber was born in Barnstaple, Devon in 1989. Since graduating from Bath Spa University with a degree in Creative Writing, he lives and works in the city as a freelance writer, and as a barman in Bath’s finest pub, The Star Inn. His poetry has featured in a variety of publications including Under The Radar, The Interpreters House, Butcher’s Dog Magazine, Peleton: 2013 Templar Anthology, and as part of the Bath Literature Festival.

Telltale interviewed at Sphinx

Helena Nelson of HappenStance interviewed Robin Houghton about Telltale Press and publishing collectives on the Sphinx website.

Read the article here…Are publishing co-operatives the answer?

‘The Nightwork’ reviewed in Antiphon and London Grip

Two perceptive and encouraging reviews of Peter Kenny’s ‘The Nightwork’.

The first by Ian Badcoe in Antiphon refers to ‘genuinely engaging moments and a wide variety of worlds to choose between’.  And found ‘a very enjoyable short read and the quality of materials and presentation are a bonus. I am interested to see what author and publisher come up with next.’

Read Ian Badcoe’s full review here.

John Forth in London Grip found ‘Peter Kenny’s work is fun of a serious kind… most of his trips to a hinterland of waking dream in this pamphlet will do his reputation no harm…. But if, as seems likely, this pamphlet begins an invasion of the mainland, it’s a welcome one.’

Find John Forth’s full review here.