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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, in reverse chronological order, all our books about personal history - memories, events, feelings, beliefs and time as experienced by individuals - and how these relate to the broader sweep of social change more commonly referred to as "historical."

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Painting the Sea

Gillian Petrie's lifetime of service to cancer relief lends authenticity to poignant poems of love and loss, and the care of the disabled. As in Metamorphosis, her first collection, Painting the Sea draws on irreverent memories of a war childhood, and the joys of nature, friendship and love. The sea’s presence weaves through many of the poems “smelling of ozone sharpness / sharper than a screw of seaweed.” An enthralling collection that will delight admirers of this distinguished poet and humanitarian.

Painting the Sea was published in July 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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At the Storm's Edge

At the Storm's Edge is a debut collection by Frank McMahon, whose poems of love and fury revel in a keen sense of the natural world and a stark understanding of humanity's fragile place in the broad sweep of history. Acutely observed and laced with arresting imagery, his writing is full of 'music arcing back to a vanishing world', in which the personal and the political are wound delicately together and sing out from the page in potent harmony. Never sentimental nor didactic, McMahon is a poet who thinks deeply and respects his readers; a poet who tells the truth but tells it slant.

At the Storm's Edge launched in January 2020. You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page, or from Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-30-9. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Grandmother's Patchwork

This is the first full poetry collection by Jane Sherwin, bringing together poems from Wordshare anthologies, self-published Chapbooks and new unpublished work. Grandmother's Patchwork reflects the long life of a woman passionately committed to humanity, in particular the needs of refugees, political prisoners and the homeless. And through her nature poems, Jane also voices deep anxiety about the damage modern technology causes the environment. Despite these concerns, she stays resolutely hopeful and the final poem reminds us of “the green world spinning in the starry heavens, / the deep seas washing tides, draining rivers, / the cloud layer and the painted skies of dawn and sunset.” From the complex issues around Tahir Square to the plight of street children in India, the compassionate anger in Jane’s poetry speaks truth to power. Today’s news coverage is so intense and distressing that we’re sometimes tempted to turn away and stop listening. But through poems like the ones in this book we are encouraged to re-engage in the fight for a fairer, more sustainable world.

Grandmother's Patchwork launched in November 2019. You can order the paperback for £9.99 (excluding postage) from this page, or from Amazon ISBN 978-1-911587-28-6. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Life Lessons

Debut poetry collection by novelist Richard Aronowitz. He writes passionately about love and the natural world but his work also delves into the darker sides of recent history. "Aronowitz’s Life Lessons is a book about coming into knowledge. Not so much from reading, but from living close to the natural world, to family and to history. Tied to a conviction that “We are what we have always been”, these thoughtful, well-crafted poems evoke an English pastoral tradition almost as a birthright, except that today the poet escapes, not the tensions of the Elizabethan Court, but the gargantuan features of an industrial economy." Richard's poems have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Troubadour International Poetry Prize.

Life Lessons launched in April 2019. You can order the book for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-18-7. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Resting Place

Martin Johns's poetry pamphlet collection Resting Place, was published in January 2019. S.A.Leavesley writes that, within Resting Place, "Historical backdrops, compositional inspiration, imaginative flights of the honeybee...the wide-ranging four sections – New World, Old World, Mortality and Another Country – pulse like chambers of the heart. Alongside beauty, sharp edges are exposed: the world's darker elements and the human body's personal, moving, fragilities. Ultimately though, each poem is a resting place: the words on the page and the space around them allow each image, rhythm and emotion to sink in, then resonate, as if 'punctuated by the brilliant | echo of stars.'"

Resting Place was published in January 2019. You can order the pamphlet for £6.00 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-13-2. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Tales from Two Cities

Camilla Reeve is a storytelling poet sometimes using narrative poetry to share her experiences but also imagining stories of people she’s only heard about or met in dreams. In August 2017, with other members of the She Grrrowls poets network, she featured at the Black Market Rooms during the Edinburgh Free Fringe. This pamphlet contains the narrative poems Camilla performed in Edinburgh with a selection from her features and floor spots at Loose Muse in Covent Garden, the Jazz Verse Jukebox in both Ronnie Scott’s and Hoxton Hall, Torrianos, Riverside Studios and other London venues.

Tales from Two Cities was published in 2018. You can order the pamphlet for £6.00 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon,ISBN 978-1-911587-06-4. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Metamorphosis

Thirty years a writer, Gillian Petrie has been an active member of Salisbury’s Kick Start Poets, Royal Holloway’s MA Course in Creative Writing, Palewell Poets, and Letterpress Poets with whom she performed at the Troubadour. Compassion illuminates many of the poems, whether for patients in the psychiatric hospital of which her father was medical director, a friend in an abusive marriage or a woman whose grandchild has just died. But she is also aware of the need to seize life’s fleeting moments of joy: “know that love is for the taking / as the clock strikes midnight / and the lamp is sputtering.” Metamorphosis launched in May 2018 - with John Freeman writing a celebratory poem about the launch.

You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or from Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-01-9.
Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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The Ghost of Franz Kafka

The Ghost of Franz Kafka is the latest poetry collection from Folkestone-bard and co-founder of Dodo Modern Poets, Patric Cunnane. Rooted in a deep sense of emotional geography and history, and informed by political commitment, Patric Cunnane’s poems open new perspectives and provide unique insights.

You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-00-2. Or download the Kindle version. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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These we have loved

Wordshare Poets' third poetry anthology, this time celebrating love in its many forms - love for friends, family and Creation. Amusing, touching poems - would make a great birthday or Christmas present for somebody you care about.

You can order the pamphlet for £6.00 (excluding postage) from this page (plus our Book of the Month 20% discount during December 2019) or Amazon. ISBN 978-0-9955351-5-2. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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In the Alyscamps

Derek Summers's second poetry collection with an unashamed social and political commitment - 2016. A committed European, Derek Summers's poems reflect his extensive, enthusiastic travels, from St Petersburg to Van Gogh's Haarlem, from Hornchurch to St Honorat’s chapel in the Alyscamps at Arles. In this, his second collection, he pursues his fascination with the contrasts between English and French language and culture. Fans of Derek's previous collection - Brevities - will be delighted to find that In the Alyscamps contains the same sincerity, honesty and compassion. There is humour and lyricism in Derek's lines, and a luminous pictorial clarity. Finding consolations amid conflict – whether internal or external – is difficult at the best of times. Sharing them eloquently is even more so.

You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) fron this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-0-9556770-5-2. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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The Letterpress Poets Anthology

First anthology of poems by the Letterpress Poets, published in 2015. Reviewer, Daljit Nagra, writes: "These poets offer a newness of approach and a freshness of attitude...I hope you enjoy this anthology as much as I did!"

You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-1-326-38531-6. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Travelling East by Road and Soul

Second poetry collection by Camilla Reeve, published in 2009 by Flipped Eye and also available through Palewell Press. Following the lines of longitude around the planet, from London through Kosovo, the Middle East, Africa, China and the Americas, Camilla's poems look at how people's experiences differ depending on where they live.

You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon. ISBN 978-1-905233-22-9. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Travels of a Spider

Debut poetry collection by Camilla Reeve, published in 2006. This debut collection includes passionate poems on human rights, war and the environment as well as other work - some funny, some lyrical - in praise of the natural world. Born in London, Camilla's poetry returns often to the city's problems of homelessness, pollution, noise, and isolation within the crowd.

You can order the paperback for £7.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon. ISBN 978-095567-700-7. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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A Luminous Man

Camilla Reeve and Gillian Petrie Hunter's beautiful pamphlet poetry collection celebrating the life of Muir Hunter, barrister, poet and human rights activist, who died in 2008. Camilla attributes her passion for Human Rights to the example set by her father, Muir, who was an Amnesty observer at the trials of many prisoners of conscience. A Luminous Man is a reprint of our 2013 edition as the previous print-run sold out.

You can order the pamphlet for £6.90 (excluding postage) from this page. ISBN 978-1-911587-56-9 Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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