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Take Me Up The Lighthouse Dean Wilson
Use Words First Various
£10 Pages: 76 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031107-1-3 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.6cm Released: 29.01.2020
£10 Pages: 184 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9160523-1-4 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 1.5cm Released: 27.09.2019
Dean Wilson: Hull’s fourth best and Withernsea’s second best poet, daily collector of pebbles and an enigma wrapped in rhyme. Since his relocation to a cliff-edge residence, Dean’s creative juices have been flowing faster than the Humber into the North Sea and, inspired by his Holderness surroundings, he’s been writing furiously. Take Me Up The Lighthouse is the result. Open up and enter the wonderful world of Mr Wilson.
Humanity explored through poetry. Twelve poets put their words first. BBC Radio 1Xtra and Asian Network teamed up with BBC Contains Strong Language for Words First, a scheme aimed at finding the best emerging spoken word talent in the UK. USE WORDS FIRST is a collection of 12 poets from Words First brought together in a brilliant anthology edited by Jude Yawson, co-writer of Stormzy’s Rise Up: The Story So Far and contributor to the SAFE anthology edited by Derek Owusu. Exploring themes of identity, connectivity and mobilisation, USE WORDS FIRST brings together eclectic styles and people all exploring humanity in their own unique ways. This is a snapshot of some of the struggles, inspirations and muses of young Britain today expressed through poetry that spans from the personal to the political and is always full of beauty and power.
I am both stranger and of this place
Coketown Barney Farmer
£5 Pages: 68 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903110-72-0 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.5cm Released: 27.09.2019
£12 Pages: 200 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903110-68-3 Dimensions: A5 Released: 01.11.2019
Poems from Indonesia and the UK by Rufus Mufasa, Irma Agryanti, Billy Letford, Mario F. Lawi, Roseanne Watt, Jamil Massa.
Pasts remembered, pasts forgot, pasts denied, passed are not.
The Indonesia – UK Poetry Indigenous Language Exchange is a project conceived by the British Council, Makassar International Writers’ Festival, Contains Strong Language and Wrecking Ball Press to enable cultural and linguistic exchange between poets from East Indonesia and the UK. This project also celebrates UNESCO’s Year of Indigenous Language. This project is part of the broader programme of events for the Indonesia Market Focus at London Book Fair and is supported by the Indonesia Ministry of Education and Culture, the Indonesia Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf) and the Indonesia National Book Committee.
When childhood friends meet again to reminisce and compare scars a fresh wound waits just around the corner. One rainy night at the wrong end of town, and a pub crawl along Memory Lane takes a hard right down a dark dead end in Barney Farmer’s second novel, Coketown. Illustrated by Lee Healey.
Bathwater Vicky Foster
WITH Dean Wilson
£10 Pages: 54 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903110-65-2 Dimensions: 21 x 14.5 x 0.7cm Released: 26.03.2019
£5 Pages: 20 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 0.5cm Released: 11.12.2018
Vicky Foster is one very capable writer and Bathwater is a very personal story. Using her own real-life experience of what happens when violence spills over into family life, Bathwater is a gripping, ever-twisting, often moving, somewhat shocking and often agonising piece of work. Rather than a cathartic over-share, however, Foster goes way beyond writing what she knows in order to craft something that is simultaneously hard-hitting and poetic. She has written a work of literary beauty, despite the harsh and uncomfortable subject matter, combining prose, poetry and dialogue.
A magazine of eleven poems inspired and written in Withernsea with stunning photographs by Graham Scott of Human Design. Created after Dean bumped into Graham and Shane Rhodes of Wrecking Ball Press. Dean was raving about Withernsea and told them about the poems he’d written there and said he had a stapler and knew how to use it and was planning to self-publish a pamphlet. Graham and Shane had other ideas, and WITH was born.
Vicky Foster was the recipient of The Imison Award 2020 at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020 for Bathwater.
And here it is. The beauty and mystery of Withernsea brought to you in a lucky bag with seven gifts, including a sixpence and a bingo card dobbed personally by Dean.
She Wrote Her Own Eulogy Shirley May
Nosebleeds Isaiah Hull
£10 Pages: 108 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031106-3-8 Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 1.3cm Released: 26.09.2018
£10 Pages: 124 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031106-4-5 Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 1.3cm Released: 28.09.2018
Shirley May’s She Wrote Her Own Eulogy takes the reader on a journey, the landscape of Kent and Manchester brought to vibrancy via Jamaica. It is a twisting road, the displaced lives making new communities on strange soil, the stories kept and told and shared. It is wisdom, it is memory, and it is future and hope.
Isaiah Hull’s Nosebleeds is visceral and raw, a voice far older than the poet’s young years, exploring family, life, and the real world. Hull’s writing is soul-searching and down to earth, Nosebleeds an exploration of expression, traversing emotion and form. It is hard-hitting poetry, written to be spoken aloud but making the transfer to the page with remarkable ease and clarity.
Spit & Hiss Mike Watts
Earwigging Dave McGowan
£10 Pages: 116 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903110-57-7 Dimensions: 21 x 14.5 x 1.7cm Released: 06.08.2018
£12 Pages: 110 Cover: Hardback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903110-39-3 Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2.3cm Released: 21.11.2018
Mike Watts’ down-to-earth poetry is compelling and varied, covering all manner of sins in language both beautiful and harrowing. Spit & Hiss is visceral, bold, tempered with an intricacy of linguistic divide and form that may be read and re-read without encroaching mundanity, and leaves the reader thinking, “I know that feeling.”
Earwigging is a journey, never lingering for too long in any one place. It is the written equivalent of walking through a train station or waiting for a friend in a pub, conversations drifting in and out of earshot, only ever in part and neither beginning nor resolved. It is the overheard world. It is poignant, it is as unreal as only reality can be. It is hilarious.
“The poems of Mike Watts come right off the streets and meet the reader square on. In their brevity they have much to say about the human condition.” – Neeli Cherkovski
“This is the real stuff. Stories from and about the street, from the soft belly of hard places. Stories that make you wince, laugh and wonder. A great collection from a writer of wit and talent.” – Kit de Waal
J SS Bach Martin Goodman
Exire Helen Mort
£14 Pages: 300 Cover: Hardback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903110-62-1 Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2.7cm Released: 06.03.2019
£12 Pages: 110 Cover: Hardback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903110-59-1 Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1.7cm Released: 10.09.2018
J SS Bach is the story of three generations of women from either side of Germany’s 20th Century horror story – one side, a Jewish family from Vienna, the other linked to a ranking Nazi official at Dachau concentration camp – who suffer the consequences of what men do.
Exire is not a novel. It is not a collection of short stories. It is, instead, both of these things: stories that may stand alone whilst being inextricably tied together. It is Helen Mort’s first foray into the world of fiction beyond poetry.
Fast forward to 1990s California, and two survivors from the families meet. Rosa is a young Australian musicologist; Otto is a world-famous composer and cellist. Music and history link them. A novel of music, the Holocaust, love, and a dog.
Exire: Dystopian Britain, the year unspecified. A new website, Exire, offers those who feel disconnected from their lives one last act of choice, packaged as a bespoke service. In this unsettling collection, voices fade in and out, people connected by Exire’s troubling appeal. At the heart of it all is Lorna, a young musician who has made a painful decision. We hear her story in reverse.
Doom 94 Jānis Joņevs
Drunken Baker Barney Farmer
£14 Pages: 256 Cover: Hardback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903110-53-9 Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2.3cm Released: 06.08.2018
£14 Pages: 160 Cover: Hardback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031105-4-6 Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1.5cm Released: 26.04.18
Doom 94 is Joņevs’ debut novel, published first as Jelgava 94 in Latvia in 2013. Translated into 11 languages already, it is here for the first time in English.
Characters born into the celebrated Viz comic strip, ‘Drunken Bakers’, are here for the first time immortalised in a book. A day in the life: the decline of the independent bakery, and the steeper decline of the independent bakers within it (cake and bargain booze included). A harsh reality displayed without apology, elbowing its way into our comfort zone bringing laughter and the smell of stale beer.
The story is set in the 1990s in the Latvian city of Jelgava and looks at the burgeoning craze during this decade for the alternative culture of heavy metal music. Doom 94 is a portrait of a generation searching for their identity and up against the world, trying not to become ‘one of them’. But is it for real? Can any adult keep the promise made as a child?
All publishers wait for the next great book. We’ve been waiting 21 years and it’s finally arrived
The Universe & Me Toria Garbutt
How Was Your Day? Will Self
£10 Pages: 82 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031106-0-7 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.6 cm Released: 01.03.2018
£5 Pages: 12 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903110-52-2 Dimensions: A5 Released: 01.10.2017
“Rendered unemployed by Arkwright’s spinning Jenny at twelve years old. No wonder she’s a luddite. Happily, she turned to the pen, with astonishing results. Ladies and gentlemen I give you, our mellifluous girl from the mills, Toria Garbutt” - John Cooper Clarke.
How Was Your Day? by Will Self, is a special commissioned piece of work from The Humber Mouth Literature Festival 2017.
“Toria Garbutt is an utterly extraordinary poet, with a rich soul, hard kick and the biggest heart. In live performance she has an exquisite effect on the listener, she made me blush once and I am still blushing thinking about it now” - Salena Godden.
Published by Wrecking Ball Press in October 2017 as a quality 12 page booklet.
The City Speaks Shane Rhodes £25 Pages: 32 Cover: Soft Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031106-7-6 Dimensions: 330x232mm Released: 2017
Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile Adelle Stripe £12 Pages: 182 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903110-56-0 Released: 01.07.2017
Limited edition (3,000) The City Speaks, the poem that opened Hull’s UK City of Culture celebrations.
Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile is a novel inspired by the life and work of the Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.
“The words will now last another lifetime, but their sentiment will chime in the hearts and minds of our citizens for generations to come.” - Russ Litten
Best known for her classic black comedy Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Dunbar wrote three plays before dying at a tragically young age. This new literary portrayal features a cast of real and imagined characters set against the backdrop of the infamous Buttershaw estate during the Thatcher era. Adelle Stripe’s writing has been described as ‘a genuine breath of fresh air’. Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile is her keenly anticipated debut novel.
Sometimes I’m So Happy I’m Not Safe On The Streets Dean Wilson £10 Pages: 68 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031103-3-1 Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 0.5cm Released: 17.10.16 Dean Wilson suffers from Poetry Tourettes, a condition that affects one in every ten people in Kingston Upon Hull. But being Hull’s Fourth Best Poet is not without complications. Sometimes Dean gets overcome with the emotion of it all, and has to escape to the seaside. Sometimes Dean gets sad, but he doesn’t mind too much, because at least he’ll get a poem out of it. Most of the time, though, Dean is a happy soul. And sometimes he’s so happy he’s not safe on the streets. This is his first full length collection of poetry – and it is utterly magnificent.
The Bastard Wonderland Lee Harrison £12 Pages: 428 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031104-5-4 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 3cm Released: 22.08.2016
In a land not too far away and a time yet to be decided, one man and his Dad embark on an epic journey of war, peace, love, religion, magnificent flying machines and mushy peas. The Bastard Wonderland is the astonishing debut fantasy novel from writer Lee Harrison. “The Bastard Wonderland is a novel of startling originality. Heartfelt and brutal, sympathetic and strange, Lee Harrison’s debut novel stands head and shoulders above the rest in the crowd.” – Robert Dinsdale
The Heart Goes Boom Alex Green
How To Be A Bomb Andy Fletcher
£10 Pages: 234 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031103-8-6 Dimensions : 210 x 145 x 1.5cm Released : 25.07.16
£8.95 Pages : 102 Cover : Paperback Language : English Publisher : Wrecking Ball Press ISBN : 978-1-9031103-0-0 Dimensions : 14.7 x 21 x 1cm Released : 03.02.16
After his girlfriend pushes him through a fortune-teller’s window, fading TV star Kieran Falcon realizes his life needs to take a decisive turn. Aided by an assorted cast of eccentrics, mavericks and outright maniacs, Kieran sets off an epic quest for true love and immortality.
Andy Fletcher’s poetry ranges from simple, stark, haiku-like lines to rambling dreamlike prose, by turn both delightfully surreal and as clear as a raindrop caught by sunlight. You will return to these words again and again and be rewarded with something fresh and arresting at each visit.
Everyone wants to be loved. Everyone ants to be remembered. The Heart Goes Boom is the unforgettable debut novel from Alex Green.
You’re So Vain You Probably Think This Book Is About You Peter Knaggs £8.95 Pages: 82 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903-11033-1 Dimensions: A5 Released: 2012 Barring Geoff Hattersley, you’d think most contemporary poets have never done a proper days work in their life. For me this poetic vacuum, this space walked around or avoided, leaves me unable sometimes to link myself to poetry and poets. We all work don’t we? So in, You’re So Vain You Probably Think This Book Is About You (YSVYPTTBIAY), I wanted to address this balance, to tackle work, the toad as Larkin called it, to show the vicissitudes of the work place, how employment shapes us and what it does to us. In doing this I use a sometime working class hero Crusoe whose mix of fecklessness and bad luck acts as a conduit for my own socio-political brand of Hulldonian existentialism. Either that or I just chew the fat about the workaday. - Peter Knaggs.
Toad Tales - Stories & Poems Inspired by Larkin’s Toads £8.95 Pages: 82 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031104-2-3 Dimensions: A5 Released: 2015
One day, as if by magic, there were toads everywhere. Then, just as quickly as they appeared, they disappeared. After what seemed like the longest hibernation they are back, living within these pages. Toad Tales is an enthralling account of the Larkin Toads’ adventures while they were away. Illustrations by Alice Beasley.
Pilgrim Tongues Cliff Forshaw
Collision Forces Kath McKay
£8.95 Pages: 124 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031103-1-7 Dimensions: 14.7 x 21 Released: 21.11.2015
£8.95 Pages: 74 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031102-8-7 Dimensions: 14.7 x 21 Released: 21.11.2015
Dense, rich and satisfyingly complex, this collection draws on a fertile heritage of myth and legend, evoking lands long forgotten and landscapes rendered new by this most modern and lyrical of voices.
This beautifully intricate collection betrays a gimlet eye for detail and a huge passion for the tiny dramas of everyday life. Kath McKay’s dense and fragmentary lines wind themselves around the subconscious, recounting the quiet firestorms that fuel human relationships and the seismic reverberations that can often ensue.
Red Roar Niall Griffiths
Kingdom Russ Litten
£12 Pages: 382 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-9031102-0-1 Dimensions: 19.5 x 14 x 2.5cm Released: 2015
£10 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-19031103-2-4 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 1.2cm Released: 2015
A giant of modern literature, Niall Griffiths’ first poetry collection is every bit as exhilarating as his celebrated novels. Culled from two decades of notebooks, diaries and the sodden backs of beermats, Red Roar – 20 Years of Words celebrates Griffith’s journey towards ecstatic redemption through language. Here is poetry that strips the human experience back to its barest bones and exposes the raw and unflinching essence within.
A stranger appears out of nowhere in a prison library and assaults a guard. Locked in solitary confinement, he relates his story to a listener over the course of one night. Kingdom, the third novel from Russ Litten, spins together magical realism and hard-boiled psychodrama into a heartbreaking urban fable of human awakening. Ghosts may not exist – but sometimes they are real. Do you believe in life before death?
Cornrows and Cornfields Celeste Doaks
Vagabond A.P. Wolf
£8.95 Pages: 76 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 9871903110218 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.6cm Released: 2015
£10 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903-11044-7 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 1.2cm Released: 2012
Cornrows and Cornfields is a heartfelt journey from the childhood fields of Indiana to the glittering metropolis of Chicago. Spinning together memory, popular culture and personal politics, celeste doaks makes words dance, weep, wail and sing – often in the space of just a couple of lines. This sublime collection of delightfully bold and vivid poems burn upon the mind’s eye long after the final page is turned.
‘“I am sitting on the twenty-fourth storey of a hotel in Singapore. I am having a very serious nervous breakdown…’” If you want to know why the hero of A.P. Wolf’s riotous novel is going quietly insane in a concrete tower block, you’ll have to read Vagabond. It’s a story of twenty four hour piss-ups, cock fights, mah-jong, and unsafe sex in the kampongs and back-alleys of old Singapore. It features a pair of dogs called Rape and Pillage, a cat called Shitbag, a very large and very dangerous monkey, a crazed older brother called Dave, a posse of under-age and over curious daughters of local army officers, various murderous Marines, and Richard Chan, the most awe inspiring man in all Singapore. And one hell of a lot of Tiger beer. And it all ends… well, badly.
The Case of the Missing Blue Volkswagen Gerald Locklin £6.95 Pages: 110 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-01-7 Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 1cm Released: 1999 Jokes fly fast as bullets in the case of the missing blue volkswagon, a hilarious spoofing of hard-boiled detective fiction which is already a small press classic. “I like Gerald Locklin. I like his stuff. He swings from the heels, pukes from the bathroom… he’s open and he calls the shots.” Charles Bukowski “Locklin is the only author I know who writes about everything. He is one of my favorite writers but I’ll be damned if I know where he fits into the scheme of American literature.” – Edward Field
Art, Survival and So Forth Jules Smith £11.95 Pages: 244 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-03-3 Dimensions: 21 x 15.5 x 1.5cm Released: 2000
This is the book that thoughtful readers of Charles Bukowski have been waiting for. Based on extensive research, it places Bukowski’s poetry in it’s American cultural context, and explores the key poems and collections in his development. It traces magazines, literary contacts and influences from the mid-1940’s to The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992). Want to know about Bukowski and the movies, the Beats, Hemingway, Céline and Walt Whitman? About how and why Bukowski formed his unique style and image? And about where he fits in to West Coast and post-War American verse? Scholarly but accessible, this is the essential book to have. Also contains drawings by David Hernandez, rare photographs of C.B., and a preface by Gerald Locklin.
Stranger in the House Brendan Cleary
Roddy Lumsden is Dead Roddy Lumsden
£5.95 Pages: 60 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-06-8 Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 0.5cm Released: 2001
£7.95 Pages: 110 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-08-4 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.9cm Released: 2001
Brendan Cleary’s poems have never been for the squeamish or faint hearted. They smack of the streets around us. His often manic personas confront their demons, lay bare their hearts and reveal the anguish of their personal disorder in the city’s terrain. “Stranger in the House” sees Cleary in the realm of the urban epiphany. Tragic, sad, but darkly comic, his poems speak for the dispossessed, the bedsit dwellers, the losers in love.
With his exuberant and otherworldly poems, Roddy Lumsden has quickly established himself among Britain’s leading younger poets. In this his third book, the filmic tour de force of the title sequence, by turns comic, tragic and fantastic, follows the twists in a maze of madness, love and self-deception, from Edinburgh to Stoke Newington via the Philippines. The collection’s second half brings together new work with some favourite pieces which show why Lumsden is such a popular reader on both the literary and performance circuits.
A Gin Pissing, Raw Meat, Dual Carburettor V-8 Son-of-aBitch from Los Angeles Dan Fante £7.95 Pages: 60 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-07-6 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.8cm Released: 2001 “Italian writer and director Pier Paolo Pasolini once wrote that if a poet doesn’t manage to scare his readers anymore, then it would be better for him to run away from this world. What kind of use can in fact be a tamed poet to the human race? “Apparently, Dan Fante knows this well: his first collection of poems by the unpronounceable title, A Gin Pissing, Raw Meat, Dual Carburattor V-8 Son-of-a-Bitch from Los Angeles, shows that he literally aims with his works not only to scare, but also to scar his readers, biting their minds, hearts and souls with his words: indeed, Dan Fante’s poems are a poetic ebb and flow revolving on the readers conscience…” – Erasing Clouds.
One Two II Eva Salzman £7.99 Pages: 52 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 0-903110-09-2 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.5cm Released: 2002
Daring, funny, fierce and musical, Eva Salzman has combined a robust yet never unsubtle take on modern life and love. Addressing itself primarily to the muse and the blues, this ‘songbook’ is woven through with references to history and myth so that the personal is always balanced by an awareness of community to which she sings. With two published collections to her credit and this remarkable recent compilation, Eva Salzman is one of the most accomplished poets working in Britain today. She is a New Yorker, but such is the universal catchment area of poetry now that her living and writing in Britain does not make her either an American or a British Poet, but simply a very good one.
Contact Print Tim Cumming
Harmonica Geoff Hattersley
£7.99 Pages: 60 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-10-6 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.5cm Released: 2002
£7.99 Pages: 82 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-11-4 Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 0.7cm Released: 2003
CCTV cameras, TV recording equipment, microphones, all capturing and recording events in peoples lives. In today’s Big Brother world, these constant intrusions are at once a threat and a comfort – moments would be lost forever without surveillance.
In Geoff Hattersley’s latest collection, Harmonica, we have W.H. Auden’s hero; in fact, a succession of them. These are heroes battling against the complexity, confusion, drudgery and relentlessness of making ends meet.
Tim Cumming tells of events caught on camera as they happen to disparate protagonists, seemingly at random, but which dissolve into one another as they loose partners, jobs, identities and belief. Contact Print is set in a traffic jam on the Holloway Road in London. Its hero is Tony Harris, who is seen driving away for the last time from his married girlfriend’s house into a traffic snarl-up, a demo, a pub, a maze of memories, the city or the city itself, repeating itself to the horizon, which finally swallows him up. Along the way we are treated to arresting images of urban life, from the kidnapping of a junior minister to doing smack in the toilets of Paddington station. This is a world of personal and political instability, captured with photographic accuracy.
This collection is appealing on many levels: for its simple language, the way he maps the struggle against these ‘impersonal pressures’, the optimism you unearth as you read more deeply, and the love of people.
Caminante Milner Place
The Book of Fuck Ben Myers
£7.99 Pages: 109 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-12-2 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.9cm Released: 2003
£10.95 Pages: 281 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-15-7 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 2.3cm Released: 2004
Milner Place was born in Thirsk, North Yorkshire in 1930. He has led a varied and vagabond career, including 11 years as captain of sailing vessels and yachts, and living and working in many lands.
Written in real time over seven days THE BOOK OF FUCK is a short, sharp pun-addled pulp fiction pastiche where the absurd underworld of music – and reality itself – is exaggerated to new dimensions.
His first poems were written in Spanish, and a small volume En Busca de mi Almawas published in Spain in 1977. On settling in Huddersfield in 1987 he started to write poems in English. His tenth collection Naked Invitation is being published by Lapwing Publications (Belfast). Previous collections include In a Rare Time of Rain (Chatto & Windus), The Confusion of Anglers and Where Smoke Is (Wide Skirt Press), Piltdown Man & Bat Woman and The City of Flowers (Spout Publications), Caminante (Wrecking Ball Press), Certain Matters (Lapwing), and Odersfelt (Flux Gallery Press). His poems have also been widely represented in magazines and he has had reading tours in Germany, Spain, and Northern Ireland.
Following the frantic movements of a rock fan on the trail of America’s public enemy number one, THE BOOK OF FUCK is a buckled break-neck rant let loose at punk rock speed. Literature comes none more black.
Nappy Rash Mark Kotting
Travels With Chinaski Daithidh MacEochaidh
£10.95 Pages: 214 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-16-5 Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 1.6cm Released: 2005
£9.95 Pages: 150 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-23-8 Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 1.1cm Released: 2005
“Think Harry Potter with no magical powers, or friends, living in south london, doing a job he hates, stressed, paranoid and lonely. I loved Mark Kottings bleak, funny and poetic tale of a london cab driver…
Travels with Chinaski is the lonely lurch into lunacy, anarchy, the drunken fall into disassociation, the paralytic collapse into alienation – the utter, utter headlong, bar-storming leap into the liberation of madness. Chinaski: the freedom, the fuck death, to fuck your only friend’s girl, to fuck over rat-infested bed-sit-land, to fuck your kidneys, your liver, your numerous court appearances and then to fucking care about your beautiful beat-up neighbour as she cries in the night. Chinaski walks into your life, side-stepping last night’s cold sick on the floor, he kicks you out of bed, he’s back from the dead and he is going to make you dance, rage and drink with sheer life. Chinaski is there for you like a hangover that’s moved in to stay.
“Like Travis Bickle sedated by the Tindersticks, a man simmering on the edge… “A funny and moving tale of a man working too hard, for too long, for too little.” – Sean Lock
Corksucker Dan Fante
The Bat Detector Elizabeth Barrett
£7.99 Pages: 128 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 0-903110-26-2 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 1cm Released: 2005
£7.95 Pages: 138 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 0-903110-27-0 Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 1.1cm Released: 2005
The often mooted comparisons between Dan Fante and Charles Bukowski are often applied lazily by reviewers who cannot see past their most superficial connection – namely booze. But where Bukowski’s novels were bawdy and full of macho bravado intercut with rare moments of the old mans vulnerability, Fante’s books have been a much darker proposition altogether. They map out a more dangerous territory, the internal seven circles of despair: there is no romanticism of the bottle in Chump Change, Mooch or Spitting Off Tall Buildings, just a pure, unrestrained account of alcohol as a vengeful, angry mistress and bulletins from the front line by a man at war with his own mind. However, there is now one way in which Fante and Bukowski inhabit the same literary world – both men have proven themselves to be master craftsmen of the novel, poem, and with the release of Corksucker, the short story.
“This poet reassures us of her ability – her quality – as a writer, the minute we begin to read. The language is natural and easy. We are listening to a friend confiding in us, enthralling us, over a cup of coffee. All our concerns, all our common, but individual experiences of contemporary living are mirrored here in these well wrought verse-tales. After reading these poems you will feel that you are Elizabeth Barrett’s most intimate friend. Not only is it the sureness of this poetry that convinces me that it is the work of a significant voice, but also its range… Humanity, intelligence and a perceptive honesty about herself and the world are her characteristics. And while the poems have a universality they are not a-sexual – they could only have been written by a woman, and go deep into the subjective and objective preoccupations of that sexual definition, but not predictably. Female readers of this book will understand; male readers will be informed and quite probably seduced.” – Kevin Bailey, HQ Magazine.
The Scene of My Former Triumph Matthew Caley £7.95 Pages: 100 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 0-903110-29-7 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.9cm Released: 2005 Matthew Caley’s debut Thirst (1999) was nominated for The Forward Prize For Best First Collection and much acclaimed. “Shaped and honed to a mosaic brilliance.” – Ken Smith. “Stunning invention and remarkable versatility.’” – Sophie Hannah. “Thirst is a joy - comic, witty, even touchingly poignant.” – Time Out. This second collection extends his patrol across the liminal borders between urban myth and the myth of pastoral escape.
The Hail Mary Pass Fiona Curran £7.95 Pages: 52 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 0-903110-41-6 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.5cm Released: 2005
The Hail Mary pass is an American football term. It is used when a ball is thrown blind in the vague hope a receiver will make the catch and deliver a last minute victory. ‘Fiona Curran is a bright and fiesty northern voice. She treads the landscape of the urban and the domestic, from the smokey fug of the betting shop to the lavendar scent of the bathroom. I like Fiona’s poems because she writes about real people who truly exist and whose lives and wine-fuelled loves I can believe in. I just love this.” - The Hail
An Indian Rug Surprised By Snow Adam Strickson £6.95 Pages: 103 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: ISBN 0-903110-25-4 Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 0.7cm Released: 2005 This book is about people today. Focussing on the poet’s surprising and life-changing encounters in the North-West, Yorkshire and Bangladesh, this collection is a careful listening and a gentle plea for a more shared humanity. Adam Strickson writes about Kurdish refugees, Pakistani women, Van Gogh, Sidney Bechet and the inventor of hydraulics with equal love and attention. An Indian Rug Surprised By Snow is a serious, wise, funny and joyful book, a powerful poetic statement about how this writer has embraced the time and society he lives in.
Digging The Vein Tony O’Neill £9.95 Pages: 196 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-18-1 Dimensions: 21 x 14. 8 x 1.6cm Released: 2006
On a relentless Los Angeles summer day, you walk barefoot over broken glass and melting tarmac to meet your connection, praying that he will extend your line of credit to one more bag of heroin. You are alone, penniless, and wracked by violent withdrawals. Last night you robbed a psychotic crack dealer named Shakespeare, and had to abandon your apartment for fear of reprisals… Welcome to Hollywood, and welcome to Digging the Vein. Tony O’Neill’s brutal debut is based upon his own experiences as an addict and sideman to acts as diverse as the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Kenickie and Marc Almond. Through the eyes of his anonymous narrator you will experience a side of Hollywood that few tourists will ever see: Digging the Vein is an unsentimental journey through the underbelly of L.A.’s drug subculture.
Doing Time Peter Carr
Sharp Street Robert J Bell
£7.95 Pages: 62 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-46-7 Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 0.5cm Released: 2008
£10 Pages: 112 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 978-1-903110-49-2 Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.9cm Released: 2012
At the multi-laned intersection to the M20 I listened to Alanis singing her heart out about the pain of isolation and loss and I burst into tears in an Oxford Green Jaguar X Series 3 litre car.
Sharp Street tells the story of 140 men who died in World War I. They were all from an area of Hull that is a relic of the Industrial Revolution; growing up together, working together and supporting local Rugby teams. The poems offer a narrative of the War from the opening salvos through to the Armistice.
“Like missiles, these poems shoot out into the world seeking light and warmth from out of the darkness of illness. Peter Carr’s poetic voice mirrors the fast-paced juxtopositions of a life previously spent in an internationalist world of commerce. Wide-ranging and uncompromising, ironic, darkly comedic and sometimes bitter, and populated by the unconventional, the displaced and the lonely, the collection is nevertheless bound together by the realisation and need of the importance of human encounter, companionship and love in an illusory and earth-shifting world.” – Maggie Harris.
The central characters include Mina, a Mother of three girls and four boys who died in the conflict. One poem, Mina’s Dream uses the image of running into the sea as a metaphor for the machine guns that met the men in no-man’s land. Another poem, Rugs, brings us back to the contemporary conflict in Afghanistan. An end is beginning starts with the notion that you die twice: once when you stop breathing and second when people stop talking about you. The poems seek to keep the talk going.
The Reater, Issue 1 Various
The Reater, Issue 2 Various
£8 Pages: 228 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-13-0 Dimensions: 22 x 15.5 x 2.1cm Released: 1997
£8 Pages: 242 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-14-9 Dimensions: 21.6 x 15 x 2cm Released: 1998
The Reater brought together challenging new British writing with the best of Southern California. It features established names alongside excellent newcomers. Interleaved among the poetry and prose are interviews, reviews, and striking illustrations. The Reater is also the best U.K. outlet for new and reprinted material by the great names of L.A./Long Beach literature: Charles Bukowski, Gerald Locklin, Fred Voss, Joan Jobe Smith and others.
The shadow of the moth flicks the page I’m reading. I look up to the white blindness of a tired yellow bulb hanging heavy with temporary heat. My eyes recoil, staining the page with silverfish jizz. After blinking a couple of times, I push the button, raise the nib and I’m back to this…
Contributors: Dean Wilson, Thomas Kretz, Andrew W. Pye, Carol Coiffait, Labi Siffre, Lisa Glatt, Seamus Curran, Peter Werner, Fred Voss, Ian Parks, Jacqueline Karp Gendre, Charles Bukowski, Gerald Locklin, Dorothy Cowlin, Shane Rhodes, Devereaux Baker, Graham Hamilton, Joan Jobe Smith, R. Gerry Fabian. Photographs by James Brown & Simon Rees.
Contributors: Devereaux Baker, Andrew Parker, P.D. Oliver, Maurice Rutherford, Rosemary Palmeira, Joan Jobe Smith, T. Anders Carson, Matthew Firth, Jaqueline Karp-Gendre, Ian Parks, Brian Docherty, Fred Voss, Peter Knaggs, Dean Wilson, Jules Smith, Linda K, Seamus Curran, Peter Didsbury, Joanne Pearson, Charles Bukowski, Norman Jackson, Andy Fletcher, Geoff Stevens, Gerald Locklin, Labi Siffre, Carol Coiffait. Illustrations by Kevin Rudeforth.
The Reater, Issue 3 Various
The Reater, Issue 4 Various
£7.95 Pages: 262 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-00-9 Dimensions: 22 x 15.6 x 2.1cm Released: 1999
£9.95 Pages: 312 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-02-5 Dimensions: 22 x 15.6 x 2.5cm Released: 2000
Issue 3 contains poetry by Brendan Cleary, Geoff Hattersley, Roddy Lumsden, Labbi Siffre, Joan Jobe Smith, Fred Voss, Gerald Locklin, Greta Stoddart, Simon Armitage. Reviews of ‘On The Buses With Dostoyevsky’ by Geoff Hattersley, ‘Sacrilege’ by Brendan Cleary, ‘New Blood’ a Bloodaxe anthology, and ‘Carnegie Hall With Tin Walls’ by Fred Voss.
The most exciting collection of international new writing in the U.K. continues, with a special Millennium issue. A free 40 track CD, featuring live readings by various poets is included. The reater brings together known and unknown talents in a high-quality format, with striking illustrations. From the East Coast of Britain to the West Coast of the States, from Simon Armitage to Fred Voss, featuring poetry, prose, artwork and interviews, and reviews, this challenging book-sized magazine takes the game into the next century.
Contributors: Brendan Cleary, Gerald Locklin, Khan Singh Kumar, Peter Knaggs, K.M. Dersley, Roddy Lumsden, Joan Jobe Smith, Labi Siffre, Lisa Glatt, Carol Coiffait, Tricia Cherin, Charles Bukowski, Sean Burn, Devreaux Baker, Jules Smith, Rodney Wood, Fred Voss, Richard Whelan, Greta Stoddart, Maurice Rutherford, James Prue, Ben Myers, Simon Armitage, David Hernandez, Charles Bennet, B.A.J. Evans, A.A. Dodd, Dave Wright, Gordon Mason, Ian Parks, Andrew Parker, Michael Curran, Dean Wilson, Daithidh MacEochaidh, Jon Summers, Janet Oliver, Fiona Curran, Denise Duhamel, David Lyall, Raymond Robinson, Mark Mckain, Geoff Hattersley. Drawings by David Hernandez.
Contributors: Gerald Locklin, Martin Mooney, Julian Turner, Steve Dearden, K.M. Dersley, Peter Lewin, Linda Rocheleau, Lawrence Bradby, Geoff Hattersley, Anna Robinson, Ken Steedman, Daithidh MacEochaidh, Stephen Wade, Carol Coiffait, Ben Myers, Joan Jobe Smith, Roddy Lumsden, Fred Voss, Peter Didsbury, S. Waling, J. Morris, Edward Michael O’Durr Supranowicz, Alan Catlin, Jonathan Brookes, S. Harvey, Jon Summers, Keith Valentine, Geoff Stevens, T.F. Griffin, Brad Evans, Graham Hamilton, Jonathan Asser, Edward Field, Brendan Cleary, Joseph Allen, Fiona Curran, Don Winter, Michael Gregg Michaud, Peter Knaggs, Dean Wilson, Giovanni Malito, Susan Maurer. Paintings by Jayne Jones.
The Reater, Issue 5 Various £7.95 Pages: 119 Cover: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press ISBN: 1-903110-04-1 Dimensions: 22 x 15.4 x 1.1cm Released: 2006
“The Reater seems to carry on a colloquial poetic conversation between the east coast of Britain and the west coast of America with readers and writers listening in from many points in the middle. Much of the work it publishes has the rare quality of language overheard, avoiding the preached at spoken to told off stuff that sometimes characterizes grander or more traditional work.” – Simon Armitage Contributors: Rodney Wood, Peter Ardern, Brian Docherty, Sean Burn, Virgil Saurez, Felicity Tumpkin, Steve Timms, Steve Sneyd, Jacqueline Karp, James Prue, Andrew Parker, Mary Rudbeck Stanko, Ken Smith, Peter Carpenter, David Roberts, David Lyall, Jacqueline Sousa, Jo Pearson, Brendan Mcmahon, Dave Newman, Anna Woodford, Finella Davenport, B.Z. Niditch, Robert Nazarene, Rosemary Palmeira. Paintings by Dee Rimbaud.
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