The Punished Wound by Simon Lichman
Simon Lichman's poignant poetry collection, The Punished Wound, was inspired by the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Simon is the Founding Executive Director of the Centre for Creativity in Education and Cultural Heritage, a non-profit-making organisation in Jerusalem, which brings together Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish and Arab (Moslem and Christian) communities through educational programmes based on folklore. His poems reveal the emotional and psychological burden of working towards peaceful coexistence during the ongoing violent hostilities between and within the nations.
The Truth at the End of the Night by Malka Al-Haddad
The Truth at the End of the Night is Malka Al-Haddad's poetry collection about the UK Asylum Process. Malka grew up during the Iran-Iraq war and lost several close family members during the first Gulf War and American invasion in 2003. She became a poet and a human rights advocate, which attracted hostility towards her in Iraq. While she was studying English in preparation for her PhD in the UK, death threats against her escalated and she couldn't return back to her beloved home and family. Malka's asylum claim was continually refused by the Home Office and after 11 years, she was eventually granted leave to remain. Her pain and anger on behalf of all those caught up in the UK asylum system give her poems a passionate strength and urgency.
Morning Light by Tom Harding
Morning Light is the final part of Tom Harding's poetry trilogy that began with Night Work and Afternoon Music. Tom writes about love, loneliness and alienation with lines like "I had a dream / I was serving / in a government / of the dead" that help us understand where we fit in this confusing world. He illustrates his books, too, with iconic black and white sketches, making this a poetry collection to treasure. To order Tom Harding's Night and Day trilogy (Night Work, Afternoon Music and Morning Light) at a 20% discount on the price of the individual books, go to our Bundles & Gifts page.
Starwise by Ruth Hobson
Ruth Hobson is a passionate advocate for homeless, dispossessed members of our society. Her pamphlet, Starwise, is a natural successor to Arthur Talks, which we published in 2019. As Rowan Williams writes of the new work: "Ruth Hobson's poems move seamlessly between an almost timeless register directing us to enduring physical realities - sky, weather, birds, landscape - and a sharp, compassionate specificity, the reality of contemporary displacement, anxiety and precariousness."
Thrift by Alison Lock
Alison Lock's new collection, Thrift, grows out of a ‘communing in slow grief’ for the Earth and its vanishing creatures – an experience as painful as any personal bereavement. The collection’s poems are grouped into three sections: Rue, Thrift and Sage – herbal names that lead readers on a spiritual journey from despair through learning to be more frugal and sustainable to a new wisdom and potentially more hopeful future.
Thrift launches on 24th March 2024 in Meltham, West Yorkshire.
Please Don't Kill All The Poets
Adnan Mohsen is an Iraqi French poet, critic and translator, a literary innovator in both Iraq and France. He has published widely in both Arabic and French. Please Don't Kill All The Poets is his first collection to be translated into English. Mohsen's surreal, trenchant and aphoristic poems are deceptively simple; inside their no-frills package, they contain complex wisdom, irony and the consoling absurdity of our shared humanity. His translator, Dr. Anba Jawi, has characterized him as one "who has escaped from the poets' barracks." Iconoclastic, irreverent and deeply humane, these are poems with universal resonance.
Hyphenated Lives - T K Sebastian's poignant mixed-genre historical verse novel - incorporates family stories, historical documents, archival photographs and scholarly research about the massacre and forced conversion of Armenians in Turkey early in the 20th Century. The author hopes to bring these tragic events into the light and avoid so many violent deaths going unremarked or misunderstood. Significantly, the book begins with a quote from Milan Kundera: "The struggle of men against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."
Hyphenated Lives is expected to launch in Spring 2024