Pre-Order: ‘Taxus Baccata’ by Patricia M Osborne – Signed Copies & Free Competitions

Well, last week’s pre-order offer seems to have gone down a complete storm, so I’m proud and chuffed to be able to say that this week – for seven days only – you can pre-order a signed copy of Patricia M Osborne’s exceptional collection, ‘Taxus Baccata’ direct from Patricia herself.

As an added bonus, not only will Patricia, sign and post it to you, but you can also enter any one of our Competitions for absolutely FREE.

Now bearing in mind, they generally cost £25 to enter, being as you can be eligible for the free entry by buying any one of Patricia’s books from her, it means that you could be saving oodles.

In fact, treat yourself to two or more of her books, and enter more than one competition, we really don’t mind.

But you need to be quick.

To enter the competition, by the 20th July 2020 you need to:

    1. Buy a book from Patricia HERE
    2. Email your Competition entry along with the payment receipt to the email address  on the relevant competition page.

It is as simple a that.

To be clear – You need to buy the book within the next Seven Days – i.e. by midnight on Monday the 20th of July 2020.

To order a copy from Patricia M Osborne Click Here

If for some reason you want to order from Amazon, you can also Click Here, but why would you when you don’t get a signed first edition or a free entry to our competition?

About Patricia M Osborne

Patricia M Osborne is married with grown-up children and grandchildren. She was born in Liverpool but now lives in West Sussex. In 2019 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (University of Brighton).

Patricia writes novels, poetry and short fiction, and has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. She has two published novels, House of Grace and The Coal Miner’s Son.

She has a successful blog at where she features other writers and poets. When Patricia isn’t working on her own writing, she enjoys sharing her knowledge, acting as a mentor to fellow writers and as an online poetry tutor with Writers’ Bureau.

You can contact Patricia via the following medias:-

Facebook: Patricia M Osborne,Writer @triciaosbornewriter


Twitter: Patricia M Osborne@PMOsborneWriter|

  • Title: Taxus Baccata
  • ISBN: 978-1913499099
  • Pages: 34
  • Order from Amazon HERE
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“Reading the poems together is like stepping into a forest where each tree has a highly individual character. Patricia M Osborne does really well to conjure up such a playful range of voices that feel different yet enhance one another, and her shifts in stanza length add brilliant disruption.”

– John McCullough – Poet (Shortlisted for the Poetry Costa Award 2019)

“Patricia M Osborne writes of the natural world with keen observation and a sensitivity for the trees and flowers, birds and animals that fill it. In this collection we learn of traditions, mythology and lore, factual information and fantasy, mingling in one glorious cornucopia. Patricia casts her true poet’s eye over it all, and clothes it in images to enchant the reader.”

– Alison Chisholm – Poet and Poetry Columnist on Writing Magazine

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Pre-Order: ‘Ten Truths From Wonderland’ by Maria Castro Dominguez and Matt Duggan

I’m extremely proud to be able to say that you can now pre-order a copy of a wonderful poetry conversation between Maria Castro Dominguez and Matt Duggan, ‘Ten Truths From Wonderland.’

This is a quite breathtaking piece of work and is enhanced by Spanish translations of the poems by Spanish poet Ana Gavila., although you won’t miss out if your Spanish is as rusty as mine as all of the poems are present in English.

As ever, we’d encourage you to buy your copy of the collection direct from either Matt or Maria. The economics of poetry has always been horrendous at the best of times and buying direct means that every penny you spend will go to the poet.

This is a big thing for us at Hedgehog – it is all about supporting our poets as best we can, and so as an added inducement – if you buy a copy of ‘Ten Truths From Wonderland’ from either Maria or Matt you are welcome to enter one of our competitions for free. All you need to do is forward your payment receipt along with the competition entry.

In fact if you buy any of their books direct from their websites, that too will mean that you can enter a competition for zilch, nada and basically nowt.

To be clear – You need to buy the book within the next Seven Days – i.e. by midnight on Monday the 13th of July 2020.

To order a copy from Matt Duggan Click Here

To order a copy from Maria Castro Dominguez Click Here

If for some reason you want to order from Amazon, you can also Click Here, but why would you?

About Maria Castro Dominguez

Photograph by Antoinette Castro

Born and raised in London, Maria Castro Dominguez is the author of two poetry books. “A face in the crowd” which is her 2016 erbacce-press prize winning collection and “A Cuatro Manos” (Four Hands) co-authored with Jacobo Valcárcel.

Her poems have appeared in numerous journals such as Retort, Expound, Knot Magazine, Blaze Vox, The Argotist, Lakeview International, Harbinger Asylum, Black Mirror Magazine, Message in a Bottle, Carillon, The Tower Journal, Bareknuckle Poet (online and in their first print anthology), Apogee, StepAway, Of/with, London Grip. She has flash fiction published in Out of the Gutter and Friday Flash Fiction.

She lives presently in Gran Canaria where she works as a freelance writer teacher, translator, and proofreader. She holds a Bachelor´s degree in English philology from the UNED.

Her love of poetry has been a constant throughout her life. She aims to transform the familiar into the new through her poetry. Her poetic influences have been Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Imagist poets, Les Murray, Tomas Tranströmer, Pablo Neruda and many more.

About Matt Duggan

Matt was born in 1971 and lives in Bristol in the U.K. with his partner Kelly and their dog Alfie, his poems have appeared in many journals across the world such as Osiris Poetry Journal, Ink, Sweat, and Tears, The Blue Nib, Into the Void, The Journal, The Dawntreader, Midnight Lane Boutique, Anti—Heroin Chic Journal, The High Window, A Restricted View from Under the Hedge, Ghost City Review, Laldy Literary Journal, L’ Ephemere Review, Carillion, Lakeview International Literary Journal, Levure Litteraire, erbacce journal, The Stray Branch, Prole, Black Light Engine Room, Militant Thistles, Matt won the Erbacce Prize for Poetry in 2015 with his first full collection of poems Dystopia 38.10 and became one of five core members at Erbacce-Press, where Matt interviews poets for the erbacce-journal, organises events and reads with the other members for the annual erbacce prize.

 In 2017 Matt won the Into the Void Poetry Prize with his poem Elegy for Magdalene, and read his work across the east – coast of the U.S.A. with readings at the prestigious Cambridge Public Library Poetry Series in Boston, a guest poet appearance at The Parkside Lounge and Sip This in New York, Matt read at his first U.S. book launch in Philadelphia and has two new chapbooks available One Million Tiny Cuts (Clare Song Birds Publishing House) and A Season in Another World (Thirty West Publishing House) plus a small limited edition booklet The Feeding ( Rum Do Press) Venice and London. He has read his work across the world including The Poetry on the Lake Festival in Orta, Italy, the Poetry Café in London, and in Paxos in Greece and at various venues across the U.K.

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‘Full Fat Poetry’ Collection Competition – RESULTS

What a competition! This, I think has proven to be the hardest of our competitions to judge to date as the standard was extremely high. I can only imagine that ‘Lockdown’ has helped people focus on their work and productivity has gone through the roof.

As ever though there has to be a winner – although I must admit we have ended-up with Two as I genuinely couldn’t divide two poets.

I am very much pleased to announce the winners of our Full Fat Poetry Collection Competition, who will have their collections published in 2021, are:

The Shortlisted Poets, are:

  1. Ash Seagrove
  2. Beth Brooke
  3. Christopher L Perry
  4. Charlotte Domanski
  5. Jenna Plewes
  6. Margaret Royall
  7. Lizzie Holden
  8. Andrew Stickland
  9. Luigi Marchini
  10. Chris Burleigh

I am really pleased to say that MARGARET ROYALL and JENNA PLEWES were the overall winners.

I should also say that both Christopher L Perry and Charlotte Domanski are to be regarded as ‘Highly Commended.’

Thank you again to everybody that took the time to collate their work and submit it for this.

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‘Selected or Neglected’ Book Collection Competition – RESULTS

I’m really pleased to say that after a great deal of (enjoyable) reading, I’m pleased to be able to announce both the winner and shortlisted poets for our second annual ‘Selected or Neglected’ Book Collection Competition.

The Shortlisted Poets, are:

  1. Alison Lock
  2. Anna Nolan
  3. Christopher L Perry
  4. Ellie Rees
  5. Gavin Bourke
  6. Margaret Royall
  7. Patricia M. Osborne
  8. Peter Pegnall
  9. Roger Elkin
  10. Tina Cryer

This was a horrendously hard decision that has taken me far longer than intended, but I am really pleased to say that Ellie Rees was the overall winner and will be invited to have her collection published in beautiful book form during 2021..

This is much deserved, but I should also say that both Peter Pegnall and Alison Lock are to be regarded as ‘Highly Commended.’

Thank you again to everybody that took the time to collate their work and submit it for this.

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An Invitation From Carl Griffin – A Call For Poetry Fragments

We heard from Indigo Dreams Poet, Carl Griffin, regarding his idea to recognise the times through poetry.

This looked a fine project and I am happy to share it here.

Please contact Carl direct, as below and pass the word on if you can.


A Message From Carl Griffin

If you are interested in submitting work, please send it direct to Carl at:

“I’m trying to form a book-length poem of fragments about the coronavirus, with as many voices (writers) as possible. In case this ends up being like the plague or the fire of London (by which I mean an infamous historical event), I think it would be great to have the best writers’ poetic perspective on it, while it is happening.

I’m not looking for full poems on the subject as that could get stale quite quickly. Instead, I’m looking for poetry or prose-poem fragments (think Salt by David Harsent), coming from any angle, preferably not too obvious, from one line to half a page. They don’t have to speak directly of the virus, although they can. Sometimes the best lines about what is happening right now might be when you’re writing about something else. As long it was written since the coronavirus began, I can work with it. One fragment or twenty, I don’t mind.

I cannot pay you as there will be lots of writers involved (although this will be one poem rather than an anthology), but all profits will go to charity anyway, to avoid the hassle of paying everyone 5p a month or whatever.

I would like fragments sent by beginning of May, or at least an early draft as all poets can edit and re-send their fragments, or send additional contributions, although just an acknowledgement of interest will do initially. I will later share the finished fragments around so the other poets can edit their fragments to really fit together, if they wish.

I am published by Indigo Dreams Publishing (UK), but I have not yet approached any publishers to see who would like to publish this. But if it ends up being as good as I think it can, it shouldn’t be difficult to get a publisher.

Hope you are coping well”


Carl Griffin

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“White Label – Quatre” – First Collection Competition : Results

I hope that this finds you well? It is like Emergency Ward Ten around here right now, but we soldier on as only delinquent Hogs can.

But I’m happy to say that poetry, like rust and my receding hairline doesn’t ever stand still and so I am pleased and proud to be able to announce that I have selected three quite brilliant collections as the winners for our fourth ‘White Label’ competition.

I hope that you will join me in congratulating:

1. Carol McKay
2. Phil Santus, and
3. Judith Wozniak

on winning the competition and having their debut collections published by the Hedgehog Press in the coming months.

As ever it was a ridiculously difficult decision, but I enjoyed every minute of it, so many thanks to everybody that took part.

If you weren’t eligible for the First Collection award this time, we do have the ‘Selected or Neglected’ competition closing this month along with other competitions on the horizon.

You can see all of the competitions HERE if you are interested or even if you aren’t.

These are strange days and on one level I wonder whether I should just let the Hedgehog hibernate until it has all blown over, but I think we all need something else that doesn’t involve fighting over Andrex and so as ever, and probably now more than ever – if you wish to enter one of our competitions but money is tight, just drop me a line at and I will pay for your entry. No questions asked or explanations required.

I can’t say that I can do it for everybody, but I would rather you entered if you want to, so just say. It is precious little in the grander scheme, let’s face it.

All the best & make sure that you look after you and yours,


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Prickly Shorts & Sticklebacking – RESULTS

Well, I’m pleased and verily proud to be able to say that after much dithering, I am able to announce the results for both our Prickly Shorts and Sticklebacking competitions.

If you remember, or if you don’t, the Prickly Shorts competitions will see our three winners having their short story beautifully published this year as part of our new series of wee pamphlets.

Similarly, our three Sticklebacking heroes will see their names on the front of one of our lovely Sticklebacks.

All will hopefully be published this year.

But to the winners, and I would very much like to congratulate all of them and thank everybody that joined in.

Prickly Shorts Winners:

      1. Oz Hardwick
      2. Patricia M. Osborne, and
      3. Janet Philo

Sticklebacking Winners:

      1. Jude Alexzander
      2. Jack B. Bedell, and
      3. Stephen Bone


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‘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.

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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.

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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 (463 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

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