Origami Poems and Towering Stories

A dazzling collection of poetry and flash fiction by the winners and shortlisted authors of our 2017 Poetry and Flash Fiction competitions.

Poetry comp winner John Gallas heads the poetry section with How to Make a Chough – an origami poem. Mandy Pannett’s It was easier then points to the dilemma of the writer in a grieving society; others have dark thoughts about towers, old and new.

Some escape into the garden, out into the wild or into the night of the city. We have familiar guides such as Jocelyn Simms, Roger Elkin, Andria J Cooke and AKS Shaw, and newcomers to our lists offering intriguing perspectives. William Wood and Brian Charlton use long-familiar images from the art gallery to present a new world.

Birds flash in and out of sight throughout the poetry pages, from Indigo Buckler’s Estate Birds to Roger Elkin’s missing dead. Follow them if you can, through this folding of ideas and paper into the realms of flash fiction, where Jonathan Page, this year's Flash Fiction Comp winner, heads the collection with his brilliant Horseplay; and the game of ‘how short can a story be?’ is won by John Holland, at 31 words, others pack marvels of comedy or philosophy into 100.

The poets: John Gallas, Mandy Pannett, Jocelyn Simms, Lorna Liffen, Brian Charlton, Indigo Buckler, Danny Kent, Matthew Adamo, Ion Corcos, Sean Gibson, Elaine Beeby, Sue Kauth, Roger Elkin, Caroline M Davies, Andria J Cooke, Philip Burton, Glen Wilson, AKS Shaw, Abigail Elizabeth Ottley, Ruth Hanchett, Cecile Bol, Jennifer Richards, Richard Smith, Nico Volkerts, Christopher James, William Wood, Harvey Martin

The flash fiction writers: Jonathan Page, Cecile Bol, John Holland, Cedric Fox-Kirk, Ben Howels, Caroline Deacon, Jacqueline Winn, Catherine Perrins, Lisa Donoghue, Sharon Boyle, Jonathan Page, Supie Dunbar, Eirlys Chui, Laura Besley, Cedric Fox-Kirk

Cover art by Jim Littlejohn

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ISBN 9781910841440

 

 

Sharp as Lemons

Poetry and flash fiction by the authors shortlisted in Earlyworks Press competitions in 2013, including poems by Jacqui Rochford, winner of the poetry competition and flash fiction by Jeanne Davies, winner of the flash fiction competition.

People may knock walls down, November winds may sweep away the works of man and nature alike. Age may whisk hopes and dreams aside but something remains, glimpsed between the lines.

In this collection, that something can be found flying colours sharp as lemons between leaf and stem, between exhibits in a glass case, between leaving home and coming back and among pin-prick stars in space: find it circling with courting pigeons and talking with river water; find it in a gate left open, in the lowering of a gun and the rustling of a privet hedge.

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ISBN 9781906451950

 

 

This is book about Alice

Poetry and Flash Fiction from Earlyworks Press, including works by the winners of the 2012 Flash Fiction Competition, 2012 Poetry Competition, and guest appearances by Joe Fearn, Steve Pottinger and Funmi Adewole.

This is a book about Alice - and it's also a book about dance, gerbils, beetles, ponytails, wolves, seagulls, twilight, Galileo, feathers, tarts, butterflies, roses, cornstalks, tracksuits, earwigs, eyes, cakes, tax, freedom, graffiti, ash, stew, velour, hindquarters, ink, a scorpion, Pan, a cemetery, fish, rabbits, guns, violets and oranges... in short, it’s an anthology of the very best poetry and flash fiction Earlyworks Press received in 2012, which means it’s a book about just about everything. It’s funny, clever, sad, sentimental, ruthless... keep turning the pages. There’s no end to the adjectives you could use - until of course, you meet the Very Good Point at the end.

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Writing on Water

Poetry and flash fiction from the Earlyworks Press 2011 Flash Fiction and Web Poetry competitions.

Contains works by the winners of the 2011 Flash Fiction Competition and 2011 Web Poetry competition, including sets by our Poetry Kit Award nominated poet Marilyn Francis, and Poetry Kit Award Winners Jane Osis and Ginna Wilkerson and the Mark Rickman memorial selection.

ISBN 9781906451370

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Sky Breakers

Do you know why the sky is blue? Really know?

Within these pages you will dream of peacocks and learn what happens when barnacles march across rocks, then pause for breath as the sea gathers the next breaker. But be sure to watch out for the angels - angels of the dung, grotesques, gargoyles, ‘step on a crack, break your mother’s back’ - and welcome the gentler kind; clouded yellow butterflies and girls with pony tails.

ISBN 978 1 906451 29 5

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Back Eyes Poetry

Poetry and Flash Fiction from Earlyworks Press

Following the success of 'Misfit Mirror', Earlyworks Press has produced a second collection of poetry and flash fiction, giving this year's competition winners an opportunity to provide a wider sample of their work. Includes collections of poems by R J Hansford, Sylvia Oldroyd, Nigel Humphreys and Steve Mann.

ISBN 978 1 906451 18 9

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Misfit Mirror

When is a castle wall a reflection and when is it solid stone? Can a mirror offer a true reflection? .... Art, poetry, micro-fiction and short story combine to confuse, amaze and delight in this distinctively different anthology.

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£6.50 + £3.50 p&p to USA and ROW

 

 

Shoogle Tide

Nigel Humphreys ponders the nature of luck whilst Margaret Eddershaw soars over Rio, Marianne Brown goes cycling in Hanoi and Sylvia Oldroyd attends a memorable funeral in Rome.

Meanwhile, Poul Webb takes a coffee break in everycity, Phil Powley takes a train to everywhere and David R Morgan waits on the edge of the city and the wilds

ISBN 9780955342974

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Roadie & Co by Terry Sorby

The second moving, brutal and insightful poetry collection from famous Hastings character, Terry Sorby.

ISBN 978 1 9064451 08 0

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Beyond the Greyscale

Poems by Terry Sorby. If you don’t know what it’s like to grow old, read this book and find out. If you do, read this book and yell, “YEAH!”

If you don’t know what it’s like to work with the disadvantaged, the abused and the lost, to take on the pain and the despair of the many and come up smiling, then try the extraordinary, bubbling pot of grief, giggles and philosophy this collection hurls at the reader.

ISBN 978 1 9064451 02 8

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Routemasters & Mushrooms

The first poetry collection from Earlyworks Press, featuring Roger Elkin, amongst others.

"Earlyworks Press is off to a good start with their first anthology – an intriguing title, and some excellent and varied poems from such well-known names as Roger Elkin." - Carole Baldock, Editor of Orbis.

"Not a single bland, run-of-the-mill poem in the mix." – DJ Tyrer, Atlantean Publishing.

ISBN 9780955342902

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Digitally Organic

In this collection, ideas about how we relate to animals, to landscape and to each other, and some wonderfully observed portraits of the natural world, are set against the sometimes extraordinary efforts of human beings to live within the complex, technological world we have made for ourselves.

ISBN 9780955342967

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