Sep 212023
 

You can buy Listening, listening here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

Cover image by Eddy Aigbe

Listening, listening
poetry by Bob Cooper

turns the ordinary world into an extraordinary book… captivating’
John Gorman

This is Bob Cooper’s third full collection of poems after a five-decade career which has also seen the publication of six pamphlets, some of which have been award-winning. True to form these latest poems deal with ordinary people, a number of whom, in a newly developed theme, have surreal encounters with historical literary figures. Bob’s poems are ironic, funny and poignant with much underlying comment on our times.

If poetry is about voice it is also about listening. Bob writes what he hears in his unique and distinctive style.

The writer
Bob’s poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies in the UK and abroad and has been translated into German. As well as poetry he has contributed articles to local and weekly newspapers, and written about fell-running, rock-climbing, and mountaineering for various outdoor journals and magazines.

Bob has won numerous prizes and his poetry has been performed on radio. Over the years, he has read at many Festivals and poetry venues in the UK including the Aldeburgh Festival.

a writer who calls a spade a spade and knows how to dig with it…
Maura Dooley
I love their earthiness, little sinister bits, and all the wisdom, which is not shouted out loud, but thoughtfully hidden in or between the words and lines.
Taru Vuontisjärvi
His particular eye brilliantly gives us the complexity of ‘ordinary’ lives.
Michael Standen
a humane and distinctive voice … Bob Cooper is one of our most individual and impressive poets. He deserves to be widely read.
Peter Bennet
Cooper illuminates the lives of the lonely, the desperate and broken with astounding compassion. In the darkest dirtiest corners of cities, he finds truth and surprising beauty.
Angela Readman
Poems that sparkle with humour and seduce with sadness.
Tim Allen

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Category: Poetry
ISBN: 9781910981290
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Price: £9.99
Number of pages: 100
Release date: October 2023

Jan 232023
 

You can buy Dangerous Caprices here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer
Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray

Nora Iuga created her title from this half-remembered quotation.

Already at the age of 67 when Iuga brought out this collection, her typical subject-matter of love and sensuality and relationships had extended to include leave-taking and death – as well as language itself. Writing has a redemptive effect, and is sometimes the only way out of despair: her ‘ballpoint pen is equal to god’.

This collection encompasses elements of surreality, captivating the reader with unexpected imagery. There is wistfulness, too, but Iuga is never bitter, and an undertone of irony is ever-present.

Nora Iuga is one of Romania’s most important, productive and original writers and translators. Her poetry in Romanian is accessible; exuberantly life-filled; sensual; sexual.

To date, Iuga has published several novels and fifteen collections of poems including the award-winning Opinii despre durere, ‘Opinions on pain’ (1980). Nora Iuga is also an acclaimed translator of over thirty books by German-language authors. In her long life she has accrued multiple awards in Germany as well as in her homeland where she has achieved national treasure status – Romania’s Grande Dame of literature.

Dangerous Caprices, excellently translated by Adam J Sorkin and Diana Manole, is published by Naked Eye Publishing. You can buy Dangerous Caprices here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

Insightful, erotic, morbid, funny and poignant as usual…
Paul B. Roth, The Bitter Oleander Press

The poetics of opposites […] – as carnal as it is original
Jan Wagner, Georg Büchner Award winner

…sensuality of a violent intensity […] reminiscent of William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell
Mircea Cărtărescu

Category: Poetry
ISBN: 9781910981283
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Price: £9.99
Number of pages: 120
Release date: 20th February 2023

Oct 132022
 

You can buy Being The One here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

Being The One
poetry by
Sarah Littlefeather Demick

“My intention in sharing this with you is that you understand a little better. And if you understand a little better you might want to, or be able to, respond a little more confidently to people in your community who experience life in a different way from you. This is my experience. And as a reader, you are my witness.”


The poems in this collection are mainly born of the poet’s one-to-one work with people who have dementia and who typically live in social isolation or confinement. From poems that are tragic, funny, heart-rending and absurdist, describing the ‘realities’ in which Sarah’s charges live – tragic, funny, heart-rending, and absurdist – the collection moves on to poems about her own reality, emotions and spirituality, and the challenges of being the one who is seen as ‘carer’.


in her mind
time is on a loop
and it was quiet
when she asked me
the question
is he dead?
yes, i replied
is it permanent?

again, there was silence
enough to hear hair grow

Sarah Littlefeather Demick is an Ojibwa Indian who was born in Canada and raised in the UK by adoptive English parents. She lives on a farm in Cumbria.


“her poetry is completely unique – very lyrical but often unsettling”
Kim Moore writing about Sarah’s previous collection.
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Aug 032022
 

You can buy The social decline of the oystercatcher here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

Passionate, painful, witty, loving, long-sighted

Sue Vickerman’s eerily prophetic poems describe Nature and the old normal before flood and famine, wildfires and too-close war. Scottish landscapes, seabirds and fresh air provide the setting for innocuous pre-pandemic behaviours: beach-combing, bird-watching, bickering. But the breeze blowing through this volume carries a prescient whiff of decay – an uncanny foretelling of what has come to pass.
The natural world is shifting, changing, not ‘normal’ at all. Everywhere there are portents: the rotting stomach of the boat dragged from the lake; the disused nests that bring down the tree; the oystercatcher’s social decline – it seems even seabirds are in retreat ‘from the encroaching edge of the sea’.
Nowadays all are aware that Nature is the treasure we are losing. These poems from the turn of the millenium are full of foreboding – but who among us did not see the writing on the wall?

This new edition of the second of Sue Vickerman’s five poetry volumes has been revised for current times.

A breathless, breathtaking 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 palette of colourful, heartfelt, sharply poignant, piercingly topical experience [is] a glorious achievement.
the late Magnus Magnusson

…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

This is passionate, laconic poetry of a distinguished kind. Vickerman is best at the very exact landscape poetry which suggests, and sometimes defines, the emotions with which it is associated. But her versatility is such that she is also brilliant at interiors, like ‘Tate Gallery, Turner’s unfinished room’, aural events (‘Hearing about John Lennon’) and even that bizarre thing student life (‘The rise of the rock dove’). The bird poems need reading and re-reading; the empathy is acute, but don’t let that put you off – 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

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May 252022
 

You can buy The day that didn’t happen here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

The book
A small Norwegian town in August 1975. A heatwave. A 12-year-old girl, who is no longer a child. An incident that no one must know about. A dark secret – and an extraordinary love story.
As an adult, and apparently for the first time, Margrete shares the terrible truth of what happened when she was assaulted at a fairground in her childhood. Having grown up alone with a distant mother, she movingly describes the close bond she had with her grandfather and the one other person that truly saw her – a policeman who moves in across the hall. While providing the love she craves in the form of cocoa and company, Erling instinctively understands Margrete’s anguish.
How she comes to terms with the incident becomes the focus of Margrete’s reflections as she dwells not only on events and relationships, but also on the interplay of heat, light, smells and seasons. Margrete’s fragmented and haunting narrative is ultimately a powerful story of survival and acceptance – both of herself and her mother’s love.

The author:
Gerd Kvanvig was born in 1965 and grew up in Jessheim, near Oslo. Having decided her future lay in writing rather than ballet, she made her literary debut in 1994 with a poetry collection called Persona. As well as being an author, Gerd Kvanvig teaches Norwegian at Jessheim Upper Secondary School. She now lives in Oslo.

The book is translated by Wendy H. Gabrielsen.

Reviews:
The Day that Didn’t Happen is a poetic, evocative text … Beautiful images are modified and repeated. …in which grief and song are identical, in which style and language and structure combine so decisively to create meaning. I don’t think I have entered a young girl’s mind and experienced the dangers so intensely since I read The Lover by Marguerite Duras. It is hard to give any greater praise than that.
Professor Hans H. Skei in Aftenposten
…intelligent and wise. The novel is written with empathy, and the writing is sensitive and atmospheric.
Kjersti Borgen Reisop in Romerikes Blad
The plot … resembles a crime novel. It tells the story of what happened at the Jessheim Festival bit by bit, allowing the reader to suspect things by means of a taut and reticent style.
Kristine Sele in Haugesunds Avis

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Apr 212022
 

You can buy The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

a monologue by Darina Al Joundi
translated by Helen Vassallo

‘A stunning manifesto for freedom’ Zybeline

Noun, the heroine of The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing, has left Lebanon to make a life for herself in Paris. Marseillaise My Way follows Noun’s adventures as she flees her home country and arrives in France, a place she believes to be the most secular country in the world, only to find her freedom threatened there too by soul-destroying red tape and the reality of cultural segregation. After having survived civil war, drug addiction, violent assaults, and enforced incarceration in a mental asylum, Noun embarks on a new struggle: to obtain French citizenship. To the refrain of ‘La Marseillaise’, which she has learnt by heart for her citizenship test, Noun pursues her quest for a new life, calling into question the secular foundations of her new home and paying homage to women freedom fighters from across the Arab world.
A bittersweet tragi-comedy La Théâtrothèque
A beautiful piece, necessary for our times, our politics and our humanity Inferno magazine.
Anyone who remembers The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing will make a date with Marseillaise My Way Le Monde

Darina Al Joundi is a critically acclaimed actor and writer of Lebanese-Syrian origin. The daughter of notorious Syrian journalist, freedom fighter, political activist and exile Assim Al Joundi, Darina Al Joundi is known throughout the Arab world for her television and film roles, and has also played occasional roles in popular English-language series such as Homeland and Tyrants.

Al Joundi is also co-author with Mohamed Kacimi of a novel-length version of The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing (Actes Sud 2008), translated by Marjolijn de Jager (Feminist Press, 2010), and author of Prisonnière du levant (Grasset 2017), a fictional biography of feminist pioneer May Ziadeh which is currently being adapted into a film.

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Apr 142022
 

You can buy Always Too Many Miles here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

The poems in Jean Stevens’ latest collection range from long held memories: who is this girl running

towards me out of the past to present day concerns in a time of uncertainty when loved ones are far away: knowing I might never see you again, I’m deep in how it was then.

There is also regret for things missed: You should have been a sprinter, and a reflection on: the jumbled bones of the lives we used to live. 

The poem ‘2021’ takes a darker look at the present turmoil and the feeling that we are: pushing the world to hell, but there is also hope: There was mystery and longing in the ancient call to prayer which made us believe that nothing separates us from the other side, and the feeling all returning travellers have: looking ahead for the light that will bring them home.

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Feb 232022
 

You can buy The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

a monologue by Darina Al Joundi

translated by Helen Vasallo

‘a story that flows like a surging river’ (Le Monde)

I’ve been waiting for you to tell you this story. A true story. My story.


On the evening of her father’s funeral, while his family recites suras from the Qur’an, Noun interrupts the ceremony. Staying true to the memory of her father, a writer, journalist and freedom fighter, she decides to put an end to this memorial and carry out his last wish: to have Nina Simone’s ‘Sinnerman’ played at his funeral. Noun locks herself in a room with her father’s body and spends one last evening with him before her family break down the door and make her face the consequences of her actions. Looking back on her experience of the civil war in Lebanon, Noun recalls the straitjacket of religion, the weight of prejudice, and her struggle against a society where men are all-powerful and women are denied freedom of speech.

Le Jour où Nina Simone a cessé de chanter (The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing) was an instant sensation when it was first performed as a one-woman play at the Avignon festival in July 2007: it sold out at every performance and resulted in multiple runs in Paris and throughout France.

A feisty narrative that is wickedly funny Financial Times
Darina Al Joundi’s testimony … is a powerful resistance song L’Humanité

Darina Al Joundi is a critically acclaimed actor and writer of Lebanese-Syrian origin. The daughter of notorious Syrian journalist, freedom fighter, political activist and exile Assim Al Joundi, Darina Al Joundi is known throughout the Arab world for her television and film roles, and has also played occasional roles in popular English-language series such as Homeland and Tyrants.

Al Joundi is also co-author with Mohamed Kacimi of a novel-length version of The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing (Actes Sud 2008), translated by Marjolijn de Jager (Feminist Press, 2010), and author of Prisonnière du levant (Grasset 2017), a fictional biography of feminist pioneer May Ziadeh which is currently being adapted into a film.

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Sep 262021
 

SHORT STORIES by Kathrin Schmidt, translated by Sue Vickerman

You can buy It’s over. Don’t go there. here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

These are tales of small, damaged lives that unfold towards sometimes deadly ends. Desolate or downright funny, often they are about women: single and lonely, or ordinary and kind, or who neglect their children, or whose children abuse them. Immigrants, the homeless, the sexually abused, the suicidal – these and other aliens populate a ‘left behind’ region where a sense of powerlessness holds sway. Gay, straight, or transitioning, most of Schmidt’s characters are jobless, and mostly middle-aged, or else very old: a senile pedophile grandmother; another whose stinking belches accompany the wartime trauma she hands down to her offspring, for they too must suffer.

Kathrin Schmidt draws us alongside people limited or trapped by circumstances imposed on them, whether by the socialist regime or the one that came after, her stories set variously in the twilight hour of the German Democratic Republic and the post-1989 decade when the GDR was subsumed into the Germany of today. All is not bleak, for adversity generates human kindness and heart-warming responses, even love affairs and comedy. But Schmidt makes her point.

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angry and laconic… Kathrin Schmidt at the height of her powers
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
…powerful, bitter, tender, and as always, humour that bites
West Deutschland Radio
tragic and witty, perverse and savage, grotesque and elegiac
Süddeutsche Zeitun

Sep 062021
 

You can buy Somewhere a blind child here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

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.

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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.

Nov 232020
 

You can buy The distance between us here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

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.

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Aug 242020
 

A new English translation by Christina Les of Kathrin Schmidt’s prize winning novel Du Stirbst Nicht 

You can buy You’re not dying here with free worldwide delivery from Blackwell’s.

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.

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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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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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 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 Ingram’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 writers include
Kathrin Schmidt
Nora Iuga
Sue Vickerman
Darina Al Joundi
Gerd Kvanvig
Ion Cristofor
Dave Pendleton
Jean Stevens
Suki
Bob Cooper
Sarah Littlefeather Demick
Jean Harrison

Our Translators include
Helen Vassallo
Adam J. Sorkin
Andreea Iulia Scridon
Sue Vickerman
Diana Manole
Wendy H. Gabrielsen
Christina Les

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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

Buy it with free delivery worldwide from Blackwell’s here. Otherwise online or from all good 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.

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