‘Heroine Eyes – Celebrating Poetry By Women’ – RESULTS

One of the things I really wanted us to do at Hedgehog this year, is to highlight some of the brilliant Women poets that perhaps haven’t received history’s recognition.

Our Heroine Eyes competition asked contemporary poets to celebrate a female poet and I have to say that some of the results were astonishingly good.

One poet stood out with her nod toward Edith Nesbit, and I am pleased to say that Marjorie Smith was ultimately selected as our overall winner.

As for the shortlisted poets, each of these will be invited to have their work included in our ‘Heroine Eyes’ anthology later this year.

The full shortlist, is:

  1. Marjorie Smith
  2. Alexander J Gifford
  3. Andrea Reisenauer
  4. Andrew Stickland
  5. Bethany Stuart
  6. Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon
  7. Caroline Wheeler
  8. Desmond Childs
  9. Fiona Hallett
  10. Genya Johnson
  11. Hazel Hutchinson
  12. Isabella Bornholt
  13. Kathryn Timmons
  14. Renée Sigel
  15. Maryam Hessavi
  16. Mick Yates
  17. Phil Santus
  18. Sarah Wimbush
  19. Val Ormrod
  20. Verity High-Five

As ever, many thanks to everybody who took part in the competition, it is always a total joy to read your work.

Nicely Folded Trois Pamphlet and Something Slim Novella Competitions – And the Winners Are….

I have to say that it has been quite exciting working my way through both of these competitions over the last month or so, and as ever it would have been quite easy to choose a lot more people to be published by The Hedgehog Press than intended. But unfortunately, it can’t be that way and in the end I have to make choices and so I am proud to say that the winners are…


Nicely Folded Paper Trois

The aim of our Nicely Folded paper Competitions is always to find Collections of Poetry to be published by Hedgehog. These can be first collections, or something a little bigger and to date it has proven to be our most successful.

This time I am proud to say that we have Three Collections to be published, from:

                  1. Gavin Bourke
                  2. Pratibha Castle, and
                  3. Peter A. Kelly

All of the collections should be published in 2020 and I would like to congratulate all three of the winners.


Something Slim : A Novella Competition

This, the first competition for writers of Prose that we have had at Hedgehog is something a little special. We are aiming to publish a single Novella each year, and so in judging this I have to say that I felt a little more pressure than normal.

I genuinely didn’t have a clue how many entries we would receive, but of far more importance was the quality and I could have (again) chosen so many, but in the end resources mean that there could only be one.

So I am proud, pleased and rather stunned to be able to announce, that the first winner of our ‘Something Slim’ competition, is

J.P. Jackson

for his beautifully constructed and not a little surreal, ‘Misha’ which we are aiming to publish during 2020.

Thank you again to everybody who has entered the competitions and congratulations to Gavin, Pratibha, Peter and J.P.

Free – The Pushcart Six – Announcement and Stickleback

I’m proud, pleased and generally somewhat stunned to be able to announce that I actually remembered to post our Pushcart Nominations and that I can share them with you here.

So with no further ado, I’m pleased to say that after much wading through books and pamphlets, a group of Poetry Loving Pensioners today chose our nominations as being:

        1. Karen Dennison The Paper House
        2. Kristin Garth Expensive Leotards
        3. Melissa Fu Update
        4. Nigel Kent Miscarried
        5. Oz Hardwick Be Your Own Personal Jesus
        6. Raine Geoghegan The Guveny – a haibun

To see whether you agree with Marjorie, Edna, Sarah, Patricia, Henna and Lou, I am doubly chuffed to say that you can download for FREE all of the poems in an especially chucked together Stickleback – ‘Free – The Pushcart Six.’

Free The Pushcart Six (341 downloads)

I hope you will join me in congratulating all of the poets and thanking the Clevedon jury who definitely taught me a thing or two about poetry.

And cake.

As ever if you would like a copy of any of the books, I heartily recommend that you get a signed copy direct from the poet.

Links to all are included in the Stickleback.

Alternatively, we have one of those Bundles, ‘The Pushcart Collection,’ where you can get all six (although unsigned) Here

Friday Night is Fish Supper Night #21 Who Lives In A House Like This?

Have you ever looked at a strange house and wondered what is going on inside – who it is that lives there and….what are they up to?

I’ll be honest, I’m as nosey as they come, so a while back I challenged our Cult members to see what they thought the answer was…

This is the work we got back from:

  1. Philippa Hatton-Lepine
  2. S.A. Leavesley
  3. Callum A. Stewart
  4. Margaret Royall
  5. Darren J Beaney
  6. Gaynor Kane
  7. Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon, and
  8. Phil Santus

You can download your copy and find out what they thought, by simply clicking on the link below:

Who Lives In A House Like This - Stickleback (163 downloads)

 

 

Winter Books: Annie Maclean’s ‘The Garden/er’

I’m more than chuffed to be able to unveil the rather beautiful cover of ‘The Garden/er’ our forthcoming collection from Annie Maclean.

Annie is a wonderful poet and I really can’t wait to share this with you all in the near future.

About The Garden/er:

“The Garden/er is a long poem which contains a sequence of elegies. It follows a year in a garden, month by month, examining flora and fauna, and listening to the author’s experiences and reactions to her father’s death. Anger and bewilderment and loss give way to an appreciation of the rhythms of the natural world.”

About Annie,

Since passing my ‘three score years’ of age, I now follow the hopes of Katsushita Hokusai who commented:

‘… at 73 years I partly understood the structure of animals, birds, insects and fishes and the life of grasses and plants. And so at 86 I shall progress further; at 90 I shall even further penetrate their secret meaning and by 100 I shall perhaps truly have reached the level of the marvellous and the divine. When I am 110, each dot, each line, will possess a life of its own.’

[Calza, Gian Carlo (2004) ‘Hokusai: A Universe’ in HOKUSAI, p.7 Phaidon Press]

plus

I have recently been awakened by Extinction Rebellion. We have 11 years to address the climate emergency on our planet. Today is 2019. 2031 will be too late.

Wake up, everyone! Wake up!

Friday Night is Fish Supper Night #20 – Ode To A Hedgehog

Since I started the Hedgehog Press, I’ve made it a point to ask people to write Hedgehog poems.

I know, I don’t get out much.

Anyway, a while ago I collected some of them together in a wee Stickleback, which as this week’s Free Friday Download, I thought I would share it with you.

You can download your copy, by simply clicking on the link below:

Stickleback - Ode to a Hedgehog (124 downloads)

 

p.s. We have a ‘Something For The Weekend’ offer running today, which means that you can buy Three Print Collections for a silly £10 – find out more HERE

 

Download Our Remembrance Day Tribute – Other People’s Freedoms

Looking at the preparations for today’s Remembrance Day Commemorations earlier and having spent yesterday buried in a copy of Martin Malone’s ‘The Unreturning’ – which incidentally, is a quite brilliant collection of poetry that genuinely answers the question of whether a modern writer can bring something new to war poetry – I couldn’t help but think that I should re-share the Stickleback we put out last year, ‘Other People’s Freedoms.’

You can download your copy of ‘Other People’s Freedoms’ below,

Other People's Freedoms (70 downloads)

Friday Night is Fish Supper Night #19 – Arfur #1

One of the biggest downers over the last year for me, was the fact that I failed dismally to cope with all of the interest there was in Arfur – our magazine, ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge’ and that I had to put the wee chap into hibernation.

Perhaps launching the book publishing as well as the magazine, wasn’t my brightest idea, but I’m hoping I’ll find a way to bring it back, as reading the first issue now, it was quirky, but good.

Any magazine that sees Chen Chen alongside Eileen Myles, Sophie Hannah with Victoria Richards – oh and Eileen Carney Hulme chatting to Brian Patten, can’t have been so verily bad.

So I thought I’d share the first issue and you can see what it was all about

You can download your copy, by simply clicking on the download link below:

Arfur Issue Uno (87 downloads)

It included poetry from:

Chen Chen
M. Stone
D. M. Thomas
Peter J. King
Phil Hawtin
Robert Sheppard
Charlotte Begg
Zoe Mitchell
Sophie Hannah
Eileen Myles
Sarah Bigham
Tawnya Renelle
S.A. Leavesley
Bill Herbert
Jane Burn
Nick Toczek
Eileen Carney Hulme
Johanna Boal
Kristin Garth
Rachel Burns
Georgina Titmus
Diana Devlin
Brian Docherty
Megan Falley
Moniza Alvi
Joe Williams
Jonathan Jones
Beth McDonough
Nigel Kent
Sonia Davies
Melissa Fu
Sanjeev Sethi
Martin Malone
Mimi Khalvati

and articles from:

Brian Patten Talks With Eileen Carney Hulme

Alison Lock Revealing The Odour of the Earth

Penny Rimbaud What Passing Bells

Paul Moss Poem I Wish I’d Written

Matt Duggan One Million Tiny Cuts

Patricia Oxley Talks Acumen

Charlotte Begg Talks Eye Flash Poetry

Penny Rimbaud America and How!

Sandra Beasley Count The Waves

S.A. Leavesley How To Grow Matches

Isabelle Kenyon This Is Not A Spectacle

Isabelle Kenyon Please Hear What I’m Not Saying

Sandra Beasley The Building of a Collection

Moose Postcards From The Hedge

Pre-Order Signed / Annotated Copies of Juliette van der Molen’s ‘Anatomy of a Dress’

Well, I keep saying that I like nothing better than people having the opportunity to buy signed or annotated copies of our books direct from the poet and I am really, really pleased to be able to say that you can now pre-order one that is particularly special.

‘Anatomy of a Dress’ is a stunning collection of work from Juliette van der Molen, and you can now pre-order your own copy of the first print run, of the first edition, direct from the lady herself.

There is no better way to support authors who’s work you enjoy, so please do consider supporting Juliette in this way if you can.

The collection won’t officially be available until December 16th, but Juliette will receive copies ahead of that and no doubt would love to sign, dedicate or annotate a copy for you.

These are now available to pre-order direct from Juliette at her web site HERE.


About Juliette

Juliette van der Molen is a transatlantic writer and poet currently living in the Greater NYC area. She is an intersectional feminist and member of the LGBTQIA community. She is the poetry editor for Mookychick Magazine and a seasoned spoken word performer. She has performed in several places including New York City and Philadelphia.

Her books include: Death Library: The Exquisite Corpse Collection and Mother, May I?. Her work has also appeared in Burning House Press, Kissing Dynamite, Memoir Mixtapes, Collective Unrest and several other publications. Her next book, Anatomy of A Dress, will publish in December 2019 through The Hedgehog Poetry Press..

You can connect with her on Twitter via @j_vandermolen.


  • Title: Anatomy of a Dress
  • ISBN: 978-1-9160908-9-7
  • Pages: 36
  • Order Signed Copies direct from Juliette van der Molen HERE

These poems deal with the messages sent and interpreted by the way women have historically been encouraged to dress and keep themselves, mainly for the pleasure and the subjugation of the patriarchy. Folded into these pieces are my own experiences that have caused me much internal conflict when I choose my own clothing. Sometimes these encouragements or rules were handed down by those of our own gender (i.e. grandmothers, mothers) and reinforced by a society that has a vested interest in women knowing their place. The poetry in this manuscript is crafted to speak loudly of the struggles that women go through, both physical and emotional, when making a decision that most men would consider simple–

What should I wear today?

Full Fat Collection Competition – Deux : Results

I am more than verily pleased to be able to announce the results of the second Full Fat Collection Competition, that will see the winner have their collection published in (with all due humility) quite beautiful paperback book form.

The original aim of the competition was to find a single collection, but I am happy to say that in the end I couldn’t split two entries and so have decided to announce them as joint winners, and that if the poets still want to, we will be publishing them in 2020.

The Shortlisted poets were:

  1. Adrian Buckner
  2. Alastair Hesp
  3. Ali Jones
  4. Cherry Combe
  5. Gavin Bourke
  6. Katharine May
  7. Patricia Hamilton
  8. Roger Elkin
  9. Sanjeev Sethi
  10. Valerie Bence

And I am really, really pleased to say that the TWO WINNERS are

ALI JONES

and

SANJEEV SETHI

Congratulations to everybody that was shortlisted and many, many thanks to everybody who took the time to enter. I need a cup of tea.