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The Summer No Money Blues…

June 18, 2018

Ha ha ha – no, I’ve not become a Blues singer!                                                                                 And I/the Press, aren’t penniless. Yet. Our funding has ended & there’s around £80 in the bank, but there’s moves afoot to secure more, from a different source. I won’t start a Go Fund Me cause to keep me in cappuccinos just yet…

It’s been an interesting year so far. Co-Incidental 1 came out, and what a thing of beauty it is. I know I’ve said that about product before, but it really is. I pride myself on the quality of our chapbooks, because so much of what’s out there – poetry, local history etc – is lacking in the overall presentation. Ugly. We’re launching Co-Incidental 2 at the end of July, which, if I haven’t got more funding sorted, will be paid for by the poets buying extra copies, and sales at the launch. Its sad that the financial aspect is a factor in what I do, but it is what it is. I can’t afford to publish all the poets I’d like to, because not all of them would be able to recoup the initial printing costs. As it is I’m never going to get rich, or comfortable for that matter, selling poetry chapbooks. People don’t get into Poetry to get rich. I do love what I’m doing, and will carry on doing it for as long as I’m able. Fortunately I have a lot of good friends who are willing to help out, especially Harry Gallagher, who ferries us both to poetry gigs up and down the country. A total mensch and a great poet. Every month people turn up to the BLERoom nights & support me, and they’re a great bunch. And then there’s my wife, Mary Lou Springstead. She keeps the roof over our heads, and is a constant source of encouragement and just the right amount of Shut up and stop being a dickhead!  We’re having a joint exhibition at The Python Gallery at the beginning of July and I’m pretty excited about that!

Speaking of Harry Gallagher…June 25th we’re launching his new chapbook Tan, which, in a big change for us, features a photo on the cover and not one of Jane Burn’s amazing illustrations. Harry’s gift is to be able to balance an almost Folksy lyricism with a biting edge, and whether he’s being nostalgic about growing up on the outskirts of Middlesbrough – Tan refers getting a tan (lift) on a bike and not the colour – or dealing with the present “government”, he rarely goes wrong. Or stops!

Co_incidental 2 will launch at the end of July, featuring Graham Clifford, Harry Gallagher, Julie Hogg & Margaret Williams. It’ll be £6 at events, which is a £1 more than our usual chapbooks, but there are more poets involved. £8 inc p&p within the UK.

Co-Incidental 3 will be out in the Autumn sometime, and feature these fabulous poets: Bob Beagrie, Emily Willis, Grant Tabard & Laura McKee.

And I’d like to say I’ll keep you updated, blog more, but I probably won’t…IMG_6747



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