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Sep 062021
 

Ion Cristofor’s poetry leaves the door open to possibilities. There is always more beneath the surface of these poems. He “discovers the world as he discovers the poem”, which he creates “obsessively” in an imaginary laboratory. Sensuality and spirituality coexist in a recurring natural world, giving rise to a curious mix of cynicism and purity. This serves the basis of the compassion which both qualifies and sets him apart as a member of the “80s Generation”: Romania’s leading literary current of confessional poets who endured the harshest part of the communist regime and participated in the 1989 Revolution.

A self-possessed seeker who builds upon his most authentic self with unwavering direction, Ion Cristofor is a poet to welcome into the English language with open arms.

Ion Cristofor (b.1952) is a poet, literary critic, and translator. A member of “Echinox”, one of Romania’s leading literary circles, and former editor of its afferent journal, he holds a PhD in Romanian literature. He has published over twenty books of poetry and essays, some of which have been translated into Italian, German, French, and Catalan. In addition to having received many awards in his native Romania, Cristofor has received the University of Freiburg’s Publication Prize and has been awarded an honorary diploma of membership from the Romanian-Israeli Cultural Centre in Haifa, Israel. Authors he has translated into Romanian include Tahashi Arima, Alain Petre, Alain Jadot, Paul Emond, Philippe Jones, and Liliane Wouters. He has translated, coordinated, and edited anthologies of poetry from Japan and Tunisia.

Jul 062021
 

Ion Cristofor’s poetry leaves the door open to possibilities. There is always more beneath the surface of these poems. He “discovers the world as he discovers the poem”, which he creates “obsessively” in an imaginary laboratory. Sensuality and spirituality coexist in a recurring natural world, giving rise to a curious mix of cynicism and purity. This serves the basis of the compassion which both qualifies and sets him apart as a member of the “80s Generation”: Romania’s leading literary current of confessional poets who endured the harshest part of the communist regime and participated in the 1989 Revolution.

A self-possessed seeker who builds upon his most authentic self with unwavering direction, Ion Cristofor is a poet to welcome into the English language with open arms.

Ion Cristofor (b.1952) is a poet, literary critic, and translator. A member of “Echinox”, one of Romania’s leading literary circles, and former editor of its afferent journal, he holds a PhD in Romanian literature. He has published over twenty books of poetry and essays, some of which have been translated into Italian, German, French, and Catalan. In addition to having received many awards in his native Romania, Cristofor has received the University of Freiburg’s Publication Prize and has been awarded an honorary diploma of membership from the Romanian-Israeli Cultural Centre in Haifa, Israel. Authors he has translated into Romanian include Tahashi Arima, Alain Petre, Alain Jadot, Paul Emond, Philippe Jones, and Liliane Wouters. He has translated, coordinated, and edited anthologies of poetry from Japan and Tunisia.

Jul 042021
 

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

Nov 232020
 

A painter’s eye and a poet’s heart!

In this final collection of poems Jean Harrison’s hallmark style of concise and careful observation invites us into a world where buses glide like angels and silence is a lightweight fleece, her wry humour often at work below the surface.
KIM MOORE Winner, Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

Jean Harrison was an accomplished writer whose poems were rewarded with prizes and commendations and achieved placements on prestigious shortlists as well as publication in very many UK literary magazines. Since her debut poetry collection in 2008, Jean has had a second volume of poems and two novels published, all by Cinnamon Press, and a pamphlet-sized collection, The Tilt, by Wayleaves Press. Upon graduation from Oxford, Jean qualified as a teacher, a career which took her to Kent, Warwick, Ghana, Leeds, Birmingham, Watford and Exeter, before her retirement to Settle. In 2003 Jean was a founder member of Settle Sessions. Based at the Folly, this organisation of poets arranges workshops and regular readings where poets with national reputations are invited to perform alongside local poets. Jean died in February 2020 having all but completed the manuscript of this book. This posthumous collection serves as a memorial to her.

The proceeds from this book will be used to maintain the Contemporary Poetry Library at The Folly, Settle, which was founded by the donation to the Museum of North Craven Life of Jean Harrison’s extensive personal collection.

You can buy a copy of The distance between us from Bookshop.org in the US. Unfortunately it has not yet been uploaded to the UK site but is available elsewhere online and from bookshops.

Nov 232020
 

A painter’s eye and a poet’s heart!

In this final collection of poems Jean Harrison’s hallmark style of concise and careful observation invites us into a world where buses glide like angels and silence is a lightweight fleece, her wry humour often at work below the surface.
KIM MOORE Winner, Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

Jean Harrison was an accomplished writer whose poems were rewarded with prizes and commendations and achieved placements on prestigious shortlists as well as publication in very many UK literary magazines. Since her debut poetry collection in 2008, Jean has had a second volume of poems and two novels published, all by Cinnamon Press, and a pamphlet-sized collection, The Tilt, by Wayleaves Press. Upon graduation from Oxford, Jean qualified as a teacher, a career which took her to Kent, Warwick, Ghana, Leeds, Birmingham, Watford and Exeter, before her retirement to Settle. In 2003 Jean was a founder member of Settle Sessions. Based at the Folly, this organisation of poets arranges workshops and regular readings where poets with national reputations are invited to perform alongside local poets. Jean died in February 2020 having all but completed the manuscript of this book. This posthumous collection serves as a memorial to her.

The proceeds from this book will be used to maintain the Contemporary Poetry Library at The Folly, Settle, which was founded by the donation to the Museum of North Craven Life of Jean Harrison’s extensive personal collection.

More about Jean Harrison here.

Aug 242020
 

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

You can buy a copy of You’re not dying from Bookshop.org here in the US. Soon also from Bookshop.org in the UK we hope. Otherwise online or from all good bookshops.

More about Kathrin Schmidt

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.

You can buy a copy of ‘Nothing But Words’ in the UK from Bookshop.org here (or from here in the US.)
(We may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.)

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.

You can buy a copy of ‘Nothing But Words’ from Bookshop.org here. (We may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.)

Nov 212019
 


Twenty-four poems for Advent

Reflections on endings of years and of relationships, on lives lived, on beginnings, anxieties, hopes, and an uncertain future – with a dash of humour thrown in!

Sue Vickerman will be signing copies of Adventus at
LIMESTONE BOOKS
The Shambles, Market Place, Settle
Saturday 30th November from 4pm until the Christmas lights switch-on at 5pm
A free pop-in event!

‘Adventus’ – a murder at Christmas, a slash of red dissolving in an illusion of snow; the poet a wandering Orlando figure with a tsunamic sense of insecurity
The Yorkshire Times

Nov 012019
 

Jean will be launching her new collection ‘Speak to the Earth‘ at the Quaker Meeting House, Settle on Friday 8th November at 7.30.

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

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

You can buy a copy of ‘Suki Illuminated’ in the UK from Bookshop.org here (or from here in the US.)
(We may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.)

Oct 032019
 

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.

You can buy a copy of ‘Speak to the Earth’ in the UK from Bookshop.org here (or here in the US.)
(We may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.)

Oct 022019
 

True Life Nude is the third part of Suki the life-model’s autobiographical trilogy. It was published in January 2020.

A Small Life and Two Small Lives are the first two parts of Suki’s life-story. At the opening of this final part of the trilogy Suki has escaped to Berlin to try and pick up the threads of her former seventeen-year relationship with Ilka. Despite Suki’s recent ‘success’ as a writer (the modest publication by a small press of her first novel) she must still work as a jobbing life-model to make ends meet.

From what has Suki ‘escaped’? Well – the trauma of a stillborn child, followed by a distractingly riotous fling with dominating control-freak Tamara: zany and fun – but a BDSM relationship didn’t look anywhere near as safe as…
…Acquiescent Ilka.

So will Berlin be the answer? Resorting to the manageable familiarity of a passionless relationship in order to write? Having to work for artists (German ones this time) to get money? Has Suki attained her dream? The pot of gold? The realisation of her raison d’etre?

And if so then why, with her literary agent keenly awaiting her next manuscript, is it proving impossible to get down to it?

If Berlin is not Suki’s final destination, then what next?

Here the writer is laid bare to her bones, then she is pared back further to the very heart of what it means to be human. This is a captivating story about a quixotic quest to find meaning through writing and poetry and art, even as the world is falling apart. Suki is a hero for our times.

Apart from being well-written, moving, smart, funny, I can’t remember the last time I read anything so interesting. It absolutely feels and reads like an important piece of writing.
Meredi Ortega

You can buy a copy of ‘True Life Nude’ from Bookshop.org here.
(We may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.)

Oct 012019
 

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.

You can buy a copy of ‘Speak to the Earth’ from Bookshop.org here. (We may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.)

Oct 012019
 

Suki’s manager and minder, Sue Vickerman, and Bel the photographer’s assistant, Mike Kilyon, are organising a number of events in Settle, North Yorkshire, UK in October 2019 to celebrate the culmination of the Suki Project. These events were part of the Three Peaks Arts trail.

There is much to celebrate

  • Suki’s blog and all the discussions on it – sukithelifemodel.co.uk
  • Suki’s autobiographical trilogy; A Small Life, Two Small Lives and True Life Nude (the latter two parts published by Naked Eye
  • two poetry collections; Kunst and Thin Bones Like Wishbones
  • online publication of the trilogy in serialised form
  • video shorts based on each book in the trilogy
  • the Life Room project; a series of video shorts of artists and art rooms where Suki has modelled
  • and of course all the art work produced by the innumerable artists who have been inspired by Suki.

More information can be found on Suki’s website here.

Oct 272018
 

On 3rd November at The Corner in Settle, Naked Eye poet Sue Vickerman together with Mike Barlow, Jane Routh & John Killick will be reading alongside Gemma Reid who is launching My Black Glove.

Oct 092018
 

David Pendleton is delighted to be opening series lunchtime sporting lectures at the Record Cafe, North Parade, Bradford.

Have a pint, lunch and listen to some talks about our sporting and social history.

Dave will be launching his new Naked Eye published book Kick-off and chatting about how trams helped facilitate Bradford league cricket.

Aug 132018
 
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We are so pleased to announce that David Pendleton will be discussing Women and Sport with Philippa Velija at Ilkley Literature Festival on Sunday 7th October, and talking about his new Naked Eye book Kick-off.

Jul 102018
 

Sue Vickerman (second right) and Jamie Osborn (second left) with other participants at a Poetry Translation Centre workshop in London. (They can be identified as having the similar coloured, distinctive hair!)

We hope to be publishing poetry translations by Sue and Jamie in the not too distant future.

Jun 282018
 

Jean Steven talking about her poetry and people who influenced her to write, at Settle Library.

Jun 272018
 

Jean Stevens and Sue Vickerman had a very successful poetry reading on Saturday at Keighley Library. There was a lovely and very appreciative audience.

” We loved Sue and Jean’s poems – it was a brilliant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. “

Jun 232018
 
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Jean Stevens will be reading from her Naked Eye poetry collection Driving in the Dark at a Three Peaks Arts event on Saturday 30th June at The Corner, Settle.

Jun 162018
 

Two poets published by Naked Eye will be reading their poems at an event at Keighley Library on Saturday 23rd June at 2.00pm.

Click on the image for more details.

Apr 212018
 

Jean reading from Driving in the Dark at Victoria Hall, Settle last night. What a fantastic evening!

Apr 172018
 

IMG_2734a_sm_sqNaked Eye is delighted to announce that it has obtained the translation rights from the German publishing house Kiepenheuer und Witsch to Kathrin Schmidt’s prize-winning novel Du Stirbst Nicht (You’re not going to die).

Du Stirbst Nicht won the German Book Prize in 2009 and has since been translated into thirteen other languages, but never yet into English. We are proud to be the first publisher to introduce this multi-award-winning novelist and poet to the English-speaking world. The Naked Eye English translation will be by Christina Les.

Du stirbst nicht is a novel about a woman who wakes up from a coma and has to piece together her memory. As Helene remembers details of her past life, we feel her shock, joy and sadness. She mourns anew for people she has lost, has to befriend old familiars all over again, and relives moving moments – all the while going through therapy to repair her body and mind. As it turns out, all is not as rosy as she thought when she first woke up and encountered her devoted husband. Although in essence the novel could be set almost anywhere, Helene’s memories are of East Germany, and there are fascinating elements of political reflection on the events of 1989 and what came after them. All in all, Kathrin Schmidt does actually tell an inspiring life and love story such as you might find in more conventional “women’s fiction” (how I hate that label) – but she does it so expertly that the book is much more than that. – kjd, love german books

Reviews of Du Stirbst Nicht:

An outstanding, true novel Meike Fessmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung

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

Between death and finding language: Kathrin Schmidt’s novel ‘You’re not going to die’ gets under your skin Helmut Böttiger, Zeit Online

Once again, Kathrin Schmidt proves to be a narrative virtuoso who brings to light collective historical memories in the personal destiny of her protagonist. Spiegel Online

…a book about what makes a person – what drives them and what sustains them. Frankfurter Rundschau

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

You’re not going to die is scheduled for publication in 2020/21.

Nov 282017
 

bf749943a37ebfa0f97a79b9131ce8c2_480x680“Advent starts on 1st December and we’ve a very special treat – an exciting exhibition preview and book launch, as a famous local artist artist joins an exceptional local writer for a one off not to miss event.  ‘Adventus’ will be a truly special event.  Call us to book for Prosecco and stand up Buffet, ahead of the launch and reveal at 7.30pm on 1st December.” From Hettie’s website.

ADVENTUS AT HETTIE’S is a book & art exhibition launch consisting of 25 poems and 25 original artworks.

Date: Friday 1 December 2017

Time:
7.00 pm: Prosecco & stand-up hot buffet, £8.00, please book: 01756 790949
7.30 pm: Arrive 7.30 for free entry to the poetry reading (with interval to view exhibition). Drinks at the bar.  

In this season of nostalgia, an ambient evening of listening to new poems and browsing original artworks will open with a welcoming glass of prosecco and warming winter buffet (optional; please book if you will attend from 7pm).

Artist-printmaker HELEN PEYTON heads up a group exhibition with a new series of her hallmark retro-themed prints, ‘Christmas’, which has been taken by the V&A London. Writer SUE VICKERMAN’s twenty-five poems tell of wistfulness for the past  and anxieties about the future – with a dash of humour thrown in – and serve as daily readings from 1st December.  

Venue…
Hettie’s Cafe Bistro Limited
8 High Street
Skipton
BD23 1JZ
Telephone: 01756 790949
Email: info@hettiescafebistro.co.uk
Website: hettiescafebistro.co.uk

Nov 222017
 

Red Adventus copySue Vickerman’s collection Adventus as been reviewed very enthusiastically and positively. The Yorkshire Times writes
Vickerman achieves a tour de force, a seamless and moving juxtaposition of messianic longing, gathering trepidation and xenophobia in parody
and
a fine body of work.
You can read the full article here.

In an article about Sue’s reading of Adventus at Settle Sessions the Yorkshire Times writes,
she is a well seasoned traveller, with a fine dispassionate eye for apparently insignificant detail, often viewed obliquely.
The full article is available here.

Nov 222017
 

22770783_1362746260497335_5547537134823199359_o (1)ADVENTUS – What is to come?

Exhibition & Poetry Book Launch – November 24, 2017, 7:00pm

Our country’s hankering for past times amid current turmoil and fears for the future are represented in this exhibition of Helen Peyton’s retro prints, Phil Moody’s obliquely political artworks and Sue Vickerman’s poems.

More information about this great evening here.

Nov 222017
 

OVXicdY6_400x400Sue Vickerman read from her Latest poetry collection Adventus at the recent Settle Sessions poetry night held at the Folly in Settle. Jean Stevens read from her pamphlet The Tilt set in Ghana. Winners of a poetry competition for young people held as part of the Tom Twistleton Centenary Festival also read their poems.

You can read all about this very special event here.

There is a review of the evening in the Yorkshire Times here. The reviewer wrote of Sue that,
she is a well seasoned traveller, with a fine dispassionate eye for apparently insignificant detail, often viewed obliquely.

Good poetry is often conceived in hindsight and at several geographical removes, and much of Vickerman’s is written from the perspective of distant, sharply felt, memory.

The figurative bruising remains: her measured rendition of the poem ‘The end of love’ gave visceral and emotional life to the shocking pain of relationship breakdown.

 

You can buy a copy of Adventus from Berlin Butike here.

Nov 222017
 

23319296_1930393590612743_3797510355526053998_nSue Vickerman launched Adventus, her latest poetry collection, at The Beehive on Monday 19th November.

The excellent John Foggin was also reading.

More about the evening here.

 

Sep 072017
 

kick off cover F1Bd copyNaked Eye is pleased to publish David Pendleton’s book Kick-off; The start of spectator sports as the first in its Potted Theses series.

“It is to be hoped that David Pendleton’s wonderfully readable and entertaining vision of a past which remains central to the way we still perceive ourselves, will become a staple of sporting history bookshelves.”
The Yorkshire Times

Kick-off charts and analyses the experience of Bradford in relation to the national development of sport in the modern city and how spectator sport, in particular, helped shape personal and civic identities in a bourgeoning industrial community. What took place in Bradford in the latter half of the nineteenth century was nothing less than a sporting industrial revolution, whose effects remain with us to this day.

You can buy a copy of ‘Kick-off’ in the UK from Bookshop.org here (or here in the US.)
(We may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.)

Read more about David Pendleton here.

More about the Potted Theses series here.

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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

You can buy a copy of ‘Driving in the Dark’ in the UK from Bookshop.org here (or here in the US).
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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.

You can buy a copy of Adventus from Bookshop.org here in the UK (or here in the US.)
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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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Sep 072017
 

Do 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 have published this new collection of poems by Sue Vickerman. Read more about Sue Vickerman here.

You can buy a copy of Adventus from Bookshop.org here.
(We may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.)

What has been written about Adventus:
Brilliant!
Kim Moore

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

an excellent piece of work
Steve Whitaker

a tour de force
The Yorkshire Times

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Sep 072017
 

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

You can buy a copy of ‘Driving in the Dark’ from Bookshop.org here.
(We may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.)

Read more about Jean Stevens here.

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Sep 072017
 

Naked Eye is pleased to publish David Pendletons’s book Kick-off; The start of spectator sports as the first in its Potted Theses series.

“It is to be hoped that David Pendleton’s wonderfully readable and entertaining vision of a past which remains central to the way we still perceive ourselves, will become a staple of sporting history bookshelves.”
The Yorkshire Times

Kick-off charts and analyses the experience of Bradford in relation to the national development of sport in the modern city and how spectator sport, in particular, helped shape personal and civic identities in a bourgeoning industrial community. What took place in Bradford in the latter half of the nineteenth century was nothing less than a sporting industrial revolution, whose effects remain with us to this day.

You can buy a copy of ‘Kick-off’ from Bookshop.org here.
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Read more about David Pendleton here.

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More about the Potted These series here.

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Apr 262017
 

Hangzhou320squareNaked Eye will soon be publishing a range of art books and exhibition catalogues featuring the work of contemporary artists and photographers. More information will be on the website soon.

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Apr 262017
 

TLNCover square‘True Life Nude’, Part III of Suki’s trilogy,

A Small Life and Two Small Lives are the first two parts of Suki’s life-story. At the opening of this final part of the trilogy Suki has escaped to Berlin to try and pick up the threads of her former seventeen-year relationship with Ilka. Despite Suki’s recent ‘success’ as a writer (the modest publication by a small press of her first novel) she must still work as a jobbing life-model to make ends meet.

From what has Suki ‘escaped’? Well – the trauma of a stillborn child, followed by a distractingly riotous fling with dominating control-freak Tamara: zany and fun – but a BDSM relationship didn’t look anywhere near as safe as…

…Acquiescent Ilka.

So will Berlin be the answer? Resorting to the manageable familiarity of a passionless relationship in order to write? Having to work for artists (German ones this time) to get money? Has Suki attained her dream? The pot of gold? The realisation of her raison d’etre?

And if so then why, with her literary agent keenly awaiting her next manuscript, is it proving impossible to get down to it?

If Berlin is not Suki’s final destination, then what next? 

Here the writer is laid bare to her bones, then she is pared back further to the very heart of what it means to be human. This is a captivating story about a quixotic quest to find meaning through writing and poetry and art, even as the world is falling apart. Suki is a hero for our times. 
Apart from being well-written, moving, smart, funny, I can’t remember the last time I read anything so interesting. It absolutely feels and reads like an important piece of writing. Meredi Ortega

You can read an online version here.

You can buy a copy of True Life Nude in the UK from Bookshop.org here (or from here in the US.)
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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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Mar 162017
 

blog-post-link-1-square‘Books from blogs’ is a concept unique to Naked Eye.

We are interested in discussing with writers of blogs the possibility of you editing some of your material for publication in book form. Contact us for further information.

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Dec 032015
 

TLNCover squareTrue Life Nude, Part III of Suki’s autobiographical trilogy, is now available to read online in serialised form. Start reading here.

It is also now available as a book published by Naked Eye. More information here.

You can buy a copy of ‘True Life Nude’ from Bookshop.org here.
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Dec 032015
 

Two Small Lives, Part II of Suki’s autobiographical trilogy, can be read online here.

It is available in book form. More information here.

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Dec 022015
 

Naked Eye Publishing is 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 022015
 

SmallLifeCoverSquareA Small Life, Part I of Suki’s autobiographical trilogy, is available online.

You can read from the beginning here.

An illustrated book version published by Cinnamon Press is available here.

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Dec 022015
 

Oystercatcher cover squareNaked Eye has published a Kindle edition of Sue Vickerman’s second poetry collection, The social decline of the oystercatcher, following its original print edition by Biscuit Publishing (2005).

‘…passionate, laconic poetry of a distinguished kind… These poems aren’t really about birds. And yet they are. Painful, witty, loving, long-sighted – I seem to be running out of adjectives. And no wonder.’
The late U.A. Fanthorpe

‘…poems [that] remind those of us who write only in lists how much we need rhythm in our lives… A reminder of what really matters in this hectic world.’
Sandi Toksvig

‘A breathless, breath-taking collection, nature au naturel: poetry refracted in the prism of her beacon eye, as effortless as a fulmar’s flight… Birds given tongue and tangy taste… This riotous collection of colourful, heart-felt, sharply poignant, piercingly topical experience [is] a glorious achievement.’
The late Magnus Magnusson

You can purchase the Kindle edition here.

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Dec 022015
 

Shag coverNaked Eye has published a Kindle version of Sue Vickerman’s first poetry collection Shag (originally published in print by Arrowhead Press in 2003 and reissued in print by Naked Eye in 2017).

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You can purchase the Kindle edition here.

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Dec 022015
 

TLNCover copy (2)True Life Nude, the third installment of Suki’s autobiographical trilogy illustrated with the work of eight Art Nude photographers is now available to read online for free.

You can read it from the beginning here.

Naked Eye will be publishing an illustrated book version in late 2017.

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Dec 022015
 

Naked Eye Publishing re-issued Sue Vickerman’s 2003 poetry collection Shag as a guinea-pig to develop the house style for our poetry pamphlet series. Read more about Shag here.

You can buy a copy of ‘Shag’ from Bookshop.org here. (We may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.)

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Dec 012015
 

Shag front coverSue 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

You can buy a copy of ‘Shag’ from Bookshop.org here (or here in the US.) (We may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.)

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Dec 012015
 

TSL Front CoverThe 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 is published by Naked Eye.

You can buy a copy of ‘Two Small Lives’ in the UK from Bookshop.org here (or from here in the US.)
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Dec 012015
 

Two Small Lives - OUT NOW

The print version of Two Small Lives is now available here or directly from Naked Eye.

Further information about Two Small Lives can be found here.

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Nov 012014
 

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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.

“Settle publisher Naked Eye’s Potted Thesis series is an intelligent and innovative new venture.”


“Naked Eye’s approach gives the mainstream reader what he or she most wants: accurate history, incisive argument and engaging presentation, in the kind of divertingly bite-sized chunks which subordinate pages of turgid supporting statistics to startling revelations, and sometimes to counter-intuitive factual evidence.”
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