Aug 242020
 

A new English translation by Christina Les of Kathrin Schmidt’s prize winning novel Du Stirbst Nicht is due to be published early in 2021.

Helene Wesendahl wakes from a post-aneuryism coma paralysed, speechless and devoid of memory. With each re-learned movement, remembered word and returned fragment of forgotten biography, a life comes to light that she scarcely recognises, confronting her with a strange woman who was once herself. Through the awakening heroine’s eyes, we observe her own body (which seems to lead a life of its own as it laboriously undergoes rehabilitation), her fellow-patients, nurses and doctors, the reactions of a complicated family, and the sacrificial commitment of her husband. Helene’s crisis deepens with the gradual realisation that, owing to a passion for a mysterious woman, she was intending to leave this man who now cares so much …

In 2002, halfway through her award-winning career as a writer, Kathrin Schmidt had a stroke and lost her language. You’re not dying is a tale of recovery based on true experience, all the more astonishing for its stylistically dazzling linguistic facility. ‘Kathrin Schmidt is back. Rejoice!’ Wrote Vladimir Balzer in Die Welt. The difficult experience of illness becomes added to Schmidt’s hallmark themes of love, the body, gender and genealogy, historiography and memory.

In 2009 You’re not dying was the triumphant winner of the German Book Prize, pipping to the post the recent Nobel Prize-winner Hertha Muller, who was also shortlisted. Schmidt’s writing career is littered with multiple prestigious prizes for both her poetry and prose.

Schmidt’s writings are framed by her politics. She co-edited a feminist journal in East Berlin in the early years of the united Germany, and represented the United Left faction at round-table discussions at the time of reunification. Before becoming a writer she trained as a psychologist.

• translated into 13 languages – now, at last, into English!
• voted Best Book by German radio & TV platform SWR

A haunting book. […] Kathrin Schmidt is back. We can rejoice! Vladimir Balzer, Die Welt

An outstanding, true novel Meike Fessmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung

a stylistically dazzling book Alexander Riebel, Die Tagespost

A great novel about illness, language and identity […] Kathrin Schmidt is one of the most important authors of her generation in Germany. Literaturen

…gets under your skin Helmut Böttiger, Die Zeit Online

Once again, Kathrin Schmidt proves to be a narrative virtuoso Der Spiegel Online

Breathtakingly accurate, Kathrin Schmidt paints the tedious path back into human existence. Neue Zürcher Zeitung

A compelling novel Michael Opitz, Deutschland Radio

a zinger, a humdinger, a fabulous shock of a novel Katie Derbyshire

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Aug 242020
 

Poetry by Jean Stevens

Words

a lifetime’s freight of words
slippery words
words across deep valleys
devoting a life to words
words of help
lost words
magical words
the air full of words
words inside a child’s head
anchoring words
alive with words
a serpent’s words
finished with words
all human words
black-lettered words
grappling with words
all those words that might have been

The poems in Jean Stevens’ latest collection reflect on the joy to be found in words,

working with words, and in managing the nothingness. She revels in their use, at the same time as acknowledging the difficulty of finding words that say exactly what we mean.

There is regret about their use in relationships: a lifetime’s freight of words said and regretted and the weight of words I should have said,along with a wish to share with nature the language vital for living at one with the elements.

Other poems relish the sound of words heard and remembered: Crewe Alexandra, Plymouth Argyle, and an imagined conversation with Sylvia Plath: To hell with men, let’s devote our lives to words, as well as recognising that things said years ago still influence us: that’s not for the likes of you,and lead to a lifetime trying to learn the impossible language.

Oct 292019
 

Suki Illuminated is the first in our Illustrated Books series.

The book contains photographs by Bel the photographer of Suki the life-model. The book was produced to accompany the Suki Project exhibition as part of the Three Peaks Arts trail in 2019.

Bel and Suki are fictional characters created by Sue Vickerman. Two parts of Suki’s fictional autobiography, Two Small Lives and True Life Nude are published by Naked Eye.

The images in the book offer a snapshot of a six-year collaboration between Suki and Bel.

Bel’s photographs have been taken by Mike Kilyon

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The poems in Jean Stevens’ latest collection are reflections on our relationship with the earth. They express delight in nature but also lament its loss in the uncertain times in which we live.

There is a longing for more connection: that night in my cage of sleep I dreamt of hares in the wild; and a wish to explore the edgelands between the wild and the tame: something unknown is there in the space.

Other poems express a foreboding that is at times apocalyptic: for three days now there have been no birds. Sometimes the tone is biblical: a voice came out of the mountain. A child’s innocence throws out a lifeline of hope: Maddie’s in touch with the earth, Maddie is running free.

A timely plea for us all to speak to the earth.

These are searching, restless poems, haunted by both darkness and light, by how we damage the earth and how we are forever connected to it.  Their yearning for what is tender within us as well as what is wild is both a surprise and a delight.
Kim Moore

Persuasive and deeply moving
The Yorkshire Times

For Jean Stevens, love, grief, elegy, longing are insuperable states of mind, as natural as the taking of measured breaths

Stevens’ relationship with landscape is existentially-charged, and in Speak to the Earth – a message of love and nourishment to the visible universe – she offers a fitting libation to a natural world which continues to give her comfort in times of retreat and contemplation.
Steve Whitaker

Jean Stevens’ previous poetry collections have been warmly received.

Filmic and beautiful, full of warmth and drama
     Kay Mellor OBE
An exciting contemporary voice
     Daljit Nagra
Persuasive and deeply moving
     The Yorkshire Times
A sure hand
     Ian McMillan

This new collection could possibly be her best yet.

Sep 072017
 

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Naked Eye is pleased to publish Jean’s latest collection of poems Driving in the Dark in February 2018.

The poems in Jean Stevens’ latest collection range through everything from a pub on the North York Moors on a black cloaked night, an encounter with a stranger in the dead hours in Soho and jackdaws who come mob-handed, to a reflection on Elisabeth Frink’s ‘The Walking Madonna’, an accident on black ice, a muddy quad bike, and a meeting with Beethoven in Burnley.

Among poems inspired by her Yorkshire Dales home (I’ve fallen in love with the bones of this place … where wind meets wind) are accounts of late love – when you’ve lost your hair, your waistline, your hearing, and your sweating stains the bed, and of quietly desolate loss: I thought I saw and heard you…

This is a body of work with a beating heart.

“Jean’s poetry is really moving. It is filmic and beautiful, full of warmth and drama.”
Kay Mellor OBE

“Persuasive and deeply moving. Jean Stevens’ great poetic gift is insight. She affords the reader a window on the transcendent.”
Steve Whitaker, Yorkshire Times

“I really enjoyed reading the whole of ‘Driving in the Dark’ and would really recommend it. I started reading it one afternoon and couldn’t put it down.”
Kim Moore

Read more about Jean Stevens here.

 

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Sep 072017
 

Helen8FrontCoverSMSQDo Christmas and all the build-up to it affect you emotionally, whether you were brought up in a Christian background or not? As Sue writes,

“Advent was at one time a dour season of prayer, fasting and penitence. For me a distinct melancholy hangs over our grey rainy islands during December’s darkening days. Some people just enjoy the telly and the partying, and others doubtless try to ignore the whole thing. But I think there are also those who, like me, spend the festive season running an emotional gamut. Underlying the commercial clamour there’s a nostalgic sense of loss; a wistfulness – not for how it used to be in Christmases past, but for how it might have been and never really was.

Adventus: the coming. These twenty-five poems reflect on Christmases past and current; on lives lived; on endings of years and of relationships; on beginnings, anxieties, hopes, and an uncertain future.”

Though these poems are perennials, they also serve as daily Advent readings starting from the first day of December.

Naked Eye is delighted to publish this new collection of poems by Sue Vickerman. Read more about Sue Vickerman here.

Buy a copy of Adventus here.

Reviews of Adventus:
Brilliant!
Kim Moore

…each turned page is a door into a new and fresh surprise
John Foggin

an excellent piece of work
Steve Whittaker

a tour de force
The Yorkshire Times

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Apr 262017
 

We publish concise layperson-friendly versions of PhD and other research theses to bring to a wider audience the ideas and wisdom of people whose master oeuvre may otherwise languish in eternal obscurity in an academic library. The requirements of academic rigour can make theses tedious to wade through, weighed down as they are by unwieldy chapters on methodology and statistics. The ‘potted thesis’ concept is to consign the boring bits to the footnotes, refining the text to convey the kernel of the idea and the meat of the discussion – the bits the author will tell you about at parties.

To aid readers encountering a subject for the first time, our potted theses may include a guest editor’s or the series editor’s clarifications and commentary or questions to the author.

The first in the series is being developed now. Watch this space for further details.

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Dec 022015
 

Naked Eye Publishing is a completely new outfit, four years in existence and still fledgling: an independent not-for-profit micro-press intent on publishing quality poetry and literature, including in translation. We are also developing a ‘Potted Theses’ series: academic theses rewritten for the general reader.

A particular focus is translation. We aim to take a midwife role in facilitating the translation of works that have until now been disregarded by English-language publishing. We will be happy if we function purely as an initial stepping-stone both for overlooked writers and first-time literary translators.

Each of us at Naked Eye is a volunteer, competent and professional in our work practice, and not intending to make a profit for the press. We see ourselves as part of the revolution in book publishing, embodying the newly levelled playing field, sidestepping the publishing establishment to produce beautiful books at an affordable price.

Writers we publish do not need agents, do not have to financially invest, and do benefit from free global availability and distribution through our printing firm’s worldwide partnerships – not least Barnes and Noble, Bertrams, Gardners, Waterstones and Amazon. Using the most up-to-date print technology we publish books of old-fashioned good quality. Our key series are:

      • Poetry collections
      • ‘Potted Thesis’ series
      • New English translations of world fiction and poetry

Naked Eye authors include
Dave Pendleton
Jean Stevens
Suki
Sue Vickerman
Kathrin Schmidt

If you already have a track record as a creative writer, blogger or visual artist, or have got an interesting academic thesis tucked away, we will be happy to hear your book idea or proposal. With apologies to poets, we can only consider manuscripts introduced to us by a third party. As your first step, please would you complete and email to us our enquiry form. Thank you. This will receive our prompt attention and response. You can download an enquiry form here.

If you have questions or comments about anything to do with the Naked Eye venture, please contact us:

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Dec 012015
 

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Sue Vickerman has received three Arts Council (UK) awards for her poetry, novels and short stories. Shag, the first of her four poetry collections to date, was published during the half-decade she spent living in a Scottish lighthouse. This is a new Naked Eye edition.

‘Keenly observed birds punctuate the poems in this collection – all strong, straight-talking narratives. They are windows on worlds where various degrees of unsatisfactoriness are revealed. Birds or worlds, the essential mode is “watching” and Sue Vickerman’s gaze is uncompromising, direct and wide-ranging; her language dense and gritty, at home on the edge of things.’
Linda France, editor ‘Sixty Women Poets’ (Bloodaxe)

‘Edgy, elemental, tender, [these poems] help me to understand more about what it is I’m doing, being human.’
Subhadassi

‘Sue Vickerman’s poems are always aware of the elemental picture behind the detail, of earth, air, sea and fire. They are salty, stony, fierce, loving, and sometimes sharp. These are poems that will ruffle your feathers, full of acute glimpses of the underneath of things.’
The late Julia Darling

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The second part of Suki’s autobiographical trilogy opens a year on from the end of her long-term love-affair with Ilka. After another doomed fling with a dissatisfactory male Suki is alone again, still earning her keep as a model for a motley crew of artists, still doggedly pursuing her quest for literary success.

With lonely middle-age looming, the ongoing failure to get her novel published brings her back once again to questioning her raison d’etre. Plagued more than ever by self-doubt and loneliness, Suki’s soldierly determination wavers. Then random events, both exhilarating and calamitous, change her hoped-for future…

Suki’s creator Sue Vickerman has received three Arts Council (UK) awards for her poetry, novels and short stories. An international readership has followed Suki’s serialised trilogy which may be read at sukithelifemodel.co.uk. Part I, A Small Life, is additionally available in print (Cinnamon Press) from Berlin Butike here. Part III, True Life Nude, can be read online at truelifenude.co.uk and its print version will shortly be published by Naked Eye.

Buy a copy of Two Small Lives from Berlin Butike here or read it online here.

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