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We publish work in many different genres: long and short fiction, memoir and other non-fiction, anthologies, poetry collections and pamphlets. This page shows all our books about Health and Wellbeing in reverse chronological order. There are books here about how someone has coped with a physical illness - like COVID-19 (Coronavirus), MND (Motor Neurone Disease) or ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) - or a mental health condition like Epilepsy, Dementia or Depression, and others about the challenges people face if they differ from what society defines as "normal" or "acceptable".

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The Lock-Picker

Sue Proffitt's remarkable second poetry collection, The Lock-Picker, is about living alongside her mother who was suffering from dementia. Her poems explore the nature of self, memory, identity and what it truly means only to exist in the present moment.

The Lock-Picker will launch online in February 2021.
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Fur Beneath the Skin

Fur Beneath the Skin is a YA diversity-themed historical novel that takes you to dark places but delivers you safely back - a breathtaking transformation of fact into fiction. Rafe doesn’t know whether he is a werewolf or not. He knows only that he must get rid of his “wolf” - whatever it is - before it kills him and the girl he loves. On the run from superstitious fear and scientific curiosity, he joins other “different ones” who help him. But only he can decide whether or not he is a werewolf…or something else. Diversity has always been with us. All that changes are the words used to describe it. This is one of the few novels since Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot and The Possessed by a writer who knows from personal experience how a ‘fit’ of epilepsy can feel.

Fur Beneath the Skin will launch online in February 2021. You can order an advance copy for £10.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon. A Kindle version is also available. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Can you hear the people sing?

Palewell Press's second anthology of poetry and prose brings together a global set of writers, sharing their experiences of Covid-19, lockdown, the pandemic, losing track of time, a reprieve for nature, and their hopes for the future. This anthology shares worldwide responses to the pandemic, from Yan Li’s testament to suffering in China; through Joseph Kafala of Sierra Leone’s Center for Memory and Reparations; Iranian-born Sholeh Wolpé in California; María Cristina Azcona, President of the International Forum for Literature and Culture of Peace in Latin America; Simon Lichman in Jerusalem, working for peace between Israeli and Palestinian communities; many UK-based human rights advocates: Dima Mekdad, Hasan Kahya, Anna Maria Mickiewicz, Nasrin Parvaz, Aydin Mehmet Ali, Taffy Nyawanza, Meltem Arikan, Shanta Acharya; and other wonderful writers.

Can you hear the people sing? launched online in November 2020. You can order a copy for £9.99 (excluding postage) from this page or from Amazon. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Feminist Bundle

Containing Harpy, a pamphlet collection of poetry and prose by Rachel Sambrooks; and Useless Now but Beautiful Still, a short story pamphlet collection by Rocio Rodriguez-Inniss.
Buying the two pamphlets together will cost £11.00 plus postage, a saving of 20% on their individual costs.

Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Useless Now but Beautiful Still

This hard-hitting collection of feminist psychological short stories is by writer, actress and artist, Rocio Rodriguez-Inniss. The stories explore the role of women, the interface between mental and sexual health, and how relationships and self-image are transformed by social pressures. While Rodriguez-Innis writes about the darkness she sees and hears around her, her work is always seeking the magic in both the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Useless Now but Beautiful Still launched online in August 2020. You can order a copy for £6.90 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Harpy

In a world where women are still arguably first valued on being pretty and palatable, Rachel Sambrooks' pamphlet, Harpy, gives us permission to show our "ugly" side, and questions how we see female anger through a kind of re-writing of the mythical. The poems and short stories in Harpy crackle and seethe with the transformational magic of words, they speak of powerlessness with a power that turns shame into something true and triumphant.

Harpy launched online in August 2020. You can order a copy for £6.90 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Afternoon Music

Afternoon Music is the second poetry collection from Tom Harding, author of Night Work and founder of Northampton Poetry Review. Tom's poems take the reader on an inner voyage of discovery. He shares the unease many of us feel about the pace and sometimes pointless nature of office work and consumerism. With grace and filmic clarity, he reminds us of simple pleasures like lying under a sunlit tree or by an open window and reconnecting to the universe. "Shadows cross the walls of my heart like the vacant bedrooms of the city at noon." Each poem is illustrated with Tom's own exquisite drawings.

Afternoon Music launched online in May 2020. You can order it for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon. A Kindle version is also available. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Dandelion Child

Many people in the poetry world were saddened by the death, last Christmas, of poet Frances White from Motor Neurone Disease. Dandelion Child is her second and posthumous collection, compiled with help from her husband Stephen. Frances' many interests are revealed in this fine collection : the natural world, childhood, music, poetry, family and friends, religious faith, the wider world. Her achingly moving late poems underline her ability to be bracingly honest. Readers will be drawn to her evocations of childhood in Mountain Mist, "We thought clouds were soft shape-shifters" and of adolescence in the title poem, "a lull/before hot summers/the rush of freedom/music in the air/wild flowers in our hair/and then the longing/for red roses." Stephen will be donating proceeds from the sale of Dandelion Child to MNDA (the Motor Neurone Disease Association).

Dandelion Child launched in October 2019. You can order the paperback for £9.00 (excluding postage) from this page, ISBN 978-1-911587-21-7, or from Amazon. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Arthur Talks

In her debut poetry collection, Ruth Hobson writes passionately about homelessness, as experienced by people she met during many years at Nottingham's Emmanuel House Support Centre - helping us see them as human individuals but also mythical figures. In poems like The Sword in the Stone, Ruth skillfully interweaves the legend of King Arthur with the lives of those at the edges of urban, austerity Britain.

Arthur Talks launched in August 2019 at the Nottingham Poetry Festival. You can order the book for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-23-1. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Rented - poems on prostitution and dependence

Rented is a pamphlet by acclaimed Cornish feminist poet, Sue Johns, that takes a close look at prostitution and other dependencies. Admirers of Carol Ann Duffy's The World's Wife will relish the many voices Johns conjures here. Sharp and unsentimental, always on the side of the underdog, these are poems of wry observation, compassion and courage.

Rented was published in April 2018. You can order the pamphlet for £6.00 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-08-8. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Night Work

Tom Harding's debut poetry collection, illustrated with his own beautiful drawings, looks at insomnia and loss following the end of relationships. His poems conjure up the prevailing melancholy of being awake in the small hours. You tell yourself to go to sleep but thoughts crowd in. It is comforting to know other people have felt the same desperate wakefulness.

You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-02-6. Or download the Kindle version. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Supinely Sublimely

Marion Michell's beautiful collection of textlings - carefully crafted and tightly focused prose - is illustrated with her own artwork - November 2016. The writing in this prose collection surges off the page giving glimpses of a life bent out of shape by M.E. and P.O.T.S., debilitating and little understood diseases. Her words sizzle with the suppressed energy of an adventurous spirit. Tom Shakespeare, Professor of Disability at Norwich writes: "In the tradition of Fernando Pessoa and William Soutar, Marion Michell writes from her bed and takes us on journeys with language which leave us enriched. Concision may be forced on her, but it generates memorable distillation of the experience of illness, which will be familiar to anyone who has endured a health problem." 

You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or from Amazon, ISBN 978-0-9556770-7-6. Or download the Kindle version. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Playing with the Pieces

Nick Alldridge's first poetry collection charts his struggle against depression, dealing sensitively with the ups and downs in his search for recovery - 2016. Anyone who has experienced mental health issues will know how "playing with the pieces" feels. Nick Alldridge’s poems explore everything from the raw emotions of losing control "crawling...like moths through lighter fuel" to the simple honesty of "I am depressed." These poems are unafraid to talk about serious issues and feelings and will hopefully encourage others to share their problems with family, friends and colleagues. This is a book that will comfort anyone who has experienced mental problems themselves or in those they care about.

You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or from Amazon, ISBN 978-0-9556770-3-8. Or download the Kindle version. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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