Pre-Order “The Stone Sleep” – Raine Geoghegan

Here I am proud to say that we are publishing our third pamphlet from the wonderful Raine Geoghogan, which as ever is both timeless and yet utterly unique.

Signed copies can be pre-ordered whilst the first edition lasts, and I genuinely mean that you should catch them while you can.

Official Release Date: 24th January 2022

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“This extraordinary and exquisitely-crafted pamphlet, the third from Romani poet Raine Geoghegan, has a unique silver thread running through it, of winter, sleep, stone… A tree is ‘more stone than bark’, a woman is stone, and tries to escape feeling; fatigue makes stone of another person. Of course the ultimate sleep is death, and there are poems which feature a woman finding her final ‘atchin tan’, or stopping place, on the road; a vigil is kept with a loved one nearing the end of their journey; a young woman is prepared for burial according to Romani customs; and a gravestone is searched for, lost in long grass. Rituals of birth, death and sex are celebrated. And behind the ‘stone sleep’ of the title is a huge and indomitable life spirit. As the epigraph to the opening (and title) poem, taken from Czesław Miłosz, says: “Even asleep we partake in the becoming of the world”. This life spirit, wild and resilient, is embodied in nature, animals (the wolf, the hawk), native cultures, and elemental presences. Kali Ma, the Hindu goddess of death, rebirth and transformation, presides over the work, representing feminine power, subversive and rebellious: ‘she laughs and sticks her long red tongue out’.  The Inuit goddess of the Sea, Sedna, also features, and a female shaman, ‘like a kestrel’. The Salmon, symbol of rebirth, is hunted for cruel human sport, while another poem celebrates the Buddhist reverence for the smallest living creature. Like the ‘masks’ and ‘eyes’ and ‘hands’ which appear, this very tightly-themed pamphlet is greater than the sum of its parts. The Stone Sleep is nourishment and guide: it will be a delight for Raine Geoghegan’s regular readers and is sure to attract many more to her compelling and healing work.”

-GB Clarkson, Author of ‘Overcoat of Flesh’ with Nine Arches Press 2021. Winner of the 2015 Ambit Poetry Competition and the 2015 Poetry London Competition.


“Sometimes shamanic, always moving, these are stirring slivers of living and loss. From ‘As the light unwraps itself,/ you go deeper into the stone sleep’ to reaching atchin tan (stopping place/ home), this pamphlet evokes and awakens a new sense of being and belonging.”

-Sarah James, Poet, fiction writer, journalist and Editor at V. Press. Author of four poetry collections, three pamphlets, and an ACE funded multi-media narrative.

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About Raine Geoghegan

Raine Geoghegan, M.A. is a Welsh born poet, prose writer and playwright of Romany descent. She is a Forward Prize, twice Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net nominee. Her work has been published online and in print with Poetry Ireland Review; Travellers’ Times; Ofi Press; Under the Radar; Fly on the Wall and many moreHer essay featured in Gifts of Gravity and Light (Hodder & Stoughton, 2021).

She has a Highly Commended Award for poetry from Winchester University’s Reaching Out competition and was long listed for the NHS Poetry competition in 2019. Two pamphlets, ‘Apple Water: Povel Panni’ and ‘they lit fires: lenti hatch o yog’ were also published by Hedgehog Poetry Press.  Apple Water was listed in the Poetry Book Society Spring 2019 Selection.

Her play ‘The Tree Woman’ was featured in Earthquake an online festival with the Same Boat Theatre Collective based in San Francisco. She is the Romani Script Consultant for the musical For Tonight, due to go live in 2022. Her first full collection, ‘The Talking Stick: O Pookering Kosh’ is forthcoming with Salmon Poetry Press in March 2022.

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Product details

  • Paperback : 32 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1-913499-53-2
  • Product Dimensions : 14.81 x 0.36 x 21.01 cm
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