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Guest poet Abigail Parry joins us for our autumn event

abigail parryFantastic news – we’ve persuaded the multiple award-winning poet Abigail Parry to read with us at the new-look Poetry Cafe in London on November 1st for our autumn Telltale Press & Friends.

Last year Abigail won two of the biggest prizes out there – the Ballymaloe and the Troubadour. Her long-awaited debut collection Jinx is out with Bloodaxe next year. Abby gives excellent poetry readings  – another great reason to come along on 1st November.

Joining Abby are Telltale founder members Robin Houghton & Peter Kenny, and our marvellous Associate Editor and mentor Catherine Smith – also known for her compelling readings … it’s going to be a great night.

As ever, entry is FREE, although donations are always welcome! Just buy a drink upstairs and come on down to the newly refurbished basement room.

Here’s the flyer, and here’s the Facebook event page – please share with your friends, and thank you!

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Telltale & Friends – 13th April, Lewes Arms, Lewes

Spring is almost here, and Telltale Press is at it again. For the second Telltale and Friends event of 2016, we’ll be spellbinding Lewes with powerful lineup of poets. We’ve coaxed the wonderful Abegail Morley (whose new book The Skin Diary is out this year) to read for us. Then we added Telltale’s own stars Sarah Barnsley and Robin Houghton, and invited Rebecca White – a poet whose strong work has been catching our eye lately.

The venue is upstairs at the characterful Lewes Arms, a place of fine boozes and warm hospitality. The night starts at 7:00 pm. Can you think of a better way to spend a Wednesday night? Thought not. And, what’s more, the event is absolutely FREE (though if you feel moved to slide voluntary doubloons into the Telltale coffers, we won’t stop you).

We’re looking forward to warmly welcoming you to a night of exceptional poetry.

Telltale Press & Friends, Lewes 2016

A Hot Night at the Poetry Cafe

Robin Houghton, Peter Kenny, Sarah Barnsley, Tamar Yoseloff & Sue Rose, Telltale Poets & Friends, Poetry Cafe June 2015

Robin Houghton, Peter Kenny, Sarah Barnsley, Tamar Yoseloff & Sue Rose

We had a great time at the Poetry Cafe last night. These things are never without drama! Firstly, Tamar Yoseloff wasn’t at all well, so it was touch and go whether she could be there – so we were mighty relieved and grateful to see her.

Then there had clearly been some mix-up at the Poetry Cafe, as a number of the audience clearly weren’t expecting our event. It was actually standing room only in the end, and although we sweltered a bit no-one really minded. One person who turned up expecting an open mic was disappointed, but a number of others did stay and one person made a point of saying she was glad she did.

Our guest readers gave wonderful readings – Sue’s included some of the poems from her sonnet sequence Heart Archives, a combination of fourteen sonnets inspired by love and loved ones, and her own photos. It’s a really beautiful book, lovely production values, from Hercules Editions. And Tamar read from (and gave some background to) her new book Nowheres, a collaboration with artist David Harker, whose exhibition Drawing the Line is on display at the Poetry Cafe until June 27th. You can read John Field’s review of Nowheres here.

We were very proud to introduce Sarah Barnsley in her first reading for Telltale, a preview of some of the poems from her forthcoming pamphlet The Fire Station.

The audience included two visiting professors from the State University of New York at Oswego, Laura Donnelly and Adrienne McCormick, and a number of their students, which was great fun. And we couldn’t NOT invite Laura to read a couple of her own poems while in London!

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

Lovely evening of readings at the Poetry Cafe

Readers at the Telltale Press event, Poetry Cafe, 7th Jan 2015

L to R: Robin Houghton, Peter Kenny, Rhona McAdam, Catherine Smith, Siegfried Baber

Last Wednesday we kicked off the New Year with a super evening at the Poetry Cafe  – more about it here on Poetgal. We’re already looking forward to the next one – will keep you posted!

New review of ‘Great Vowel Shift’ on Sabotage

‘The Great Vowel Shift’ has received a wonderful review by Afric McGlinchey on Sabotage Reviews

“Robin Houghton’s chapbook, beautifully produced by Telltale Press, is an engaging collection of amuse-bouches, alternating droll, ‘slant’ narratives with subtle poignancy.”

“…her poems live equally comfortably in rural (riverine) and urban environments, and her diversity, cultural references and lack of self-consciousness are really refreshing.”

Read the review here…

 

Telltale launches in Lewes & Hove

Hove Telltale Launch event

Catherine Smith, Peter Kenny and Robin Houghton at the Hove launch

Last night was the second of our private launches for Peter Kenny’s The Nightwork, and joining us to read were Catherine Smith (who also read last week in Lewes) and John McCullough, who entertained us marvellously despite only recently getting back from Japan.

Peter Kenny reading at the Lewes launch of Telltale Press

Peter Kenny reading at the Lewes launch

Our venues were quite different – last week we were in the meeting room of The Hive, a really nice cosy space with a big pot plant in the corner – we put tealights on the mantlepiece and it had a salon feel. Then last night we were in the big, bright airy space of Cameron Contemporary Art in Hove, a wonderful gallery with floor to ceiling windows all down one side. Everyone remarked how quiet and classy it was, plus lots of lovely artwork to view of course.

I’m rather jinxed when it comes to filming so I can’t say yet whether we managed to capture any of the readings successfully, but I hope so. If and when we have something in the bag we’ll post it here.

So, two fab evenings done, one public launch event to go – next Wednesday at the Poetry Cafe, the day before National Poetry Day, so we hope we manage to get an audience!

Autumn launch readings announced

Exciting news – we’ve organised our first readings, to launch both Telltale Press and our second Telltale pamphlet, Peter Kenny’s The Nightwork.

Wednesday 17th September, 7.30pm, The Hive, Lewes
– Robin Houghton, Peter Kenny, Catherine Smith and Abegail Morley

Wednesday 24th September, 7.30pm, Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove – Robin Houghton, Peter Kenny, Catherine Smith & John McCullough

Wednesday 1st October, 7.30pm, Poetry Cafe, London
– readers to be confirmed

The first two events are invitation-only. There’ll be lovely refreshments and possibly a few surprises. If you’d like an invitation simply sign up for our newsletter (right hand column) – thanks!

 

Rebecca Gethin on ‘The Great Vowel Shift’

Nice mini-review of ‘The Great Vowel Shift‘ today on Rebecca Gethin’s blog – “full of delights for the mind as well as sensuous phrasing.”

Rebecca also admires Hannah Clare’s cover design. Hannah’s distinctive style is destined to become a Telltale ‘signature’.

London Grip review

Robin Houghton’s The Great Vowel Shift has been reviewed on London Grip by Martin Noutch:

“Robin Houghton’s poem ‘Left’ puts the hope and the waiting and the expectation of moving into a neat, momentary parcel which captures just a few seconds of an imagined future and so creates a whole lifetime in the background…” (cont)