One Dabbles…A Wee Plan For 2020

I was going to make a wee list of what we are publishing next year, but I thought that I’d lay it out along with where I am coming from with it all instead – so don’t feel bad if it is far too boring to read, I just wanted to leave it for anybody with a passing interest over the coming months to trip over.

But where to start?

I have to admit that 2019 hasn’t exactly gone to plan and that despite all appearances, there really was one, which only makes it the more annoying.

I won’t bore you with the details, but I’m pleased to be able to say that all is getting back on track and with a ‘Herculean’ final push we should end the year with quite the ‘wow’ of a list of publications and some brilliant poets blinking in the daylight.

Not quite as many or when they were intended, but there we are.

It is poetry, not the end of the world.

So it wasn’t the best of years, but we will still (hopefully) have published:

  1. 21 single-poet-collections, (6 books and 15 chapbooks),
  2. 3 of our poetry Conversations and
  3. 14 Sticklebacks.

Not too shabby for a two year old press, if not quite chic.

Looking forward to next year (and yes, I am getting ahead of myself here,) I think we can improve on that a fair bit and alongside the poetry, for the first time we are going to have a wee dabble with a touch of prose and so 2020 looks something like this:


Poetry Collections – Books:

The plan at the moment is that we will publish Four Single Poet Collections in book form during 2020, although I have hopes that like this year we will be able to add at least a couple more to the tally.

Ideally, I’d like to double the number, but we cut our cloth.


Poetry Collections – Chapbooks:

My idea for our poetry pamphlets is that we will be aiming to publish two each calendar month, so (err, not enough fingers and toes…) twenty-four in total.

Again, I would like to improve on that, but we will see how it goes.

I won’t list them all, but as we stand 14 of those ‘places’ are accounted for and I want to carry on with these being an even split between first collections and those of the more experienced poet chap(ess.)


Poetry Collaborations:

I’m a big fan of collaborations and shared pamphlets, so I want us to carry on with the Tree Poets and Conversation series. Two of each seems about right in 2020.


Poetry Anthologies:

Who doesn’t love a good anthology? We have a couple outstanding, so I see these dropping on an ad-hoc basis as the year progresses. Probably four over the year.


Sticklebacks:

The Sticklebacks were the biggest casualty this year and I really want us to ‘re-launch’ them next year in January.

More on that soon, but in simple terms I’d like to get to the point where we are publishing 2 of the wee blighters each month – so 24 in total in 2020.


Prose: 

All of which is nothing new, more a case of getting back on track, but one thing I do want us to do in 2020 is dabble a wee bit in prose.

I’m sure we can handle it and that it isn’t the ritual de lo habitual. *sniff*

More details on this in the coming weeks but I see this splitting into:

  1. Novellas: I’d like us to publish one or two novellas each year going forward as they are a great form and in terms of literary fiction or a more poetic prose, I think they have their place, and
  2. Guppies: Running alongside the Sticklebacks, I thought it would be good to introduce our Guppies.
    These will be single short stories, beautifully published in pamphlet/PDF download formats.
    Again more details to follow.

And that is about it and congratulations if you got to the end.

I realise it is a wee bit of a navel gaze, but it never hurts to set your stall out and like most things in life, telling people means that you can’t just forget about it all and get lazy instead…

Of course the big thing I haven’t mentioned is our Cult. Everything that happens at Hedgehog is because of our brilliant Cult members who pay their membership fees and give us a basis to work from.

I’m really proud that we don’t have any funding from anybody else as it means that there is a freedom to publish as many people as we can and I hope have poets that earn a lot more from their writing than most.

I love the fact that the Cult members get to enter all of the competitions for ‘Free’ and that they will receive every single book and chapbook we publish, it is the coolest thing. It feels like a proper community now, it is the bestest of it all.

The Cult will continue to be limited to 100 members during 2020 as after all it is quite the deal

Right, who needs Oscar night?

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‘Nicely Folded Paper’ Competition – Deux : Results

I am more than delighted to announce the results of  our second ever ‘Nicely Folded Paper’ competition, that I had originally planned would see Three winners have a pamphlet of their work published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press in the nearest of futures.

I realise that it is traditional to say that it was a difficult choice but I won’t let that stop me saying that it has been extremely hard to narrow this down to a shortlist, in no particular order, of:

  1. Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon
  2. Sally Spedding 
  3. Patricia M. Osborne
  4. Darren Beaney
  5. David Hale
  6. K.T. Slattery

As for the winners, I’m pleased to say that I have invited all Six of the shortlisted poets to have their pamphlet published as sometimes collections are too good to be allowed to escape.

Many thanks to everybody that entered the competition, it is as ever much appreciated.

 

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Tree Poets : Shade of Fire Competition – Results

I’m really pleased to finally be able to announce the winners of our ‘Tree Poets’ competition, that aimed to find three poets to share a pamphlet for us to publish this year.

In many ways, I hate to admit that the competition didn’t go well, but despite the Post Office losing the entries and everything else, we got there in the end and I am more than happy to say that we decided to publish two such collections, such was the quality of the entries.

So the winners are, in no apparent order:

1. Jane Lovell
2. Frank McHugh
3. Jane Burn
4. Kate Garrett
5, Elizabeth Gibson, and
6. Kay Channon

Their work will be published, split across two pamphlets:

a. Tree Poets : Shades of Fire, and
b. Tree Poets : Flames of Ice

I hope you will join me in congratulating all of the winners.

Additionally, given that we were both delayed and had a change of judge due to this, I will be writing to everybody who entered the competition and inviting them to enter any other Hedgehog Press competition that they wish with our compliments.  

All the best

Mark Davidson
editor
The Hedgehog Poetry Press

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White Label Collection Competition – Results

I’m really pleased to be able to announce the results of our search for Three First Collections, to be published as part of our White Label Pamphlet series.

The three poets who have had their debut collection selected for publication by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2019, are:

  1. Annie Maclean  – The Garden/er
  2. Attracta Fahy – Dinner In The Fields
  3. Philippa Hatton-Lepine – Thoughts while walking with Merlyn

Other Shortlisted Collections were:

  1. Fiona Sanderson
  2. Jac Shortland
  3. Kieran Egan
  4. Ceinwen Haydon
  5. Patricia M. Osborne
  6. Rachel Burns
  7. Robert Nield
  8. Sue Ibrahim

I’d like to thank everybody that entered the competition, it would have been easy to choose a dozen more.

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‘Nicely Folded Paper’ Competition – Results

I’m proud and pleased to be able to announce that Judge Sue Burge has finished her deliberations and we can now unveil the results for the ‘Nicely Folded Paper’ Pamphlet Competition.

Winner: Melissa Fu

Speaking about Melissa’s collection, Sue said:

“A beautifully crafted, fully-fledged, mature piece of work.  Each poem sings off the page in its own right, but together they form a pleasing and coherent whole with a strong, consistent voice.”

Highly Commended: C.R. Smith

Which Sue described, as:

“C R Smith’s carefully crafted pamphlet would be my second choice.  The idea of fourteen poems in fourteen pages is a satisfying and well-thought through concept.  There is a nostalgic, somewhat melancholic feel to many of the poems – they evoke a strong sense of place and the overall voice is a beguiling one.”

Shortlisted:

  • Anne McMaster
  • Ceinwen Haydon
  • Gaynor Kane
  • Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe

I’m pleased to say that Melissa will see her collection published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in the new year and I would very much like to thank everybody that entered in what turned out to be a quite remarkable competition.

 

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Songs to Learn & Sing – The Winners

We are really proud to announce the shortlist and Winner of the Songs to Learn & Sing Competition.

Overall Winner: Ceinwen Haydon

Highly Commended Runner-ups: Ali Jones & Mick Yates

Shortlisted Poets:

Susan Castillo
Kerry Darbishire
Steve Xerri
Mara Adamitz Scrupe
Gaynor Kane
Peter Francis Pegnall
Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe
Chris Hemingway
Marilyn Francis
Betty Hasler
Clare O’Brien
Amy Alexander
Mary Gilonne
CR Smith
David Mark Williams
Kerri Anne Stebbins
Dave Murray

All of the shortlisted poets will see their poems appear in the ‘Songs to Learn & Sing’ anthology which is due for release later this year.

I would like to thank everybody that took part in the competition. It was horrendously difficult to judge, and I hope you will excuse the fact that I am a little late in releasing the results.

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‘A Slim Volume of One’s Own’ Collection Competition – Winner

We are very pleased to announce that the winner of our ‘A Slim Volume of One’s Own’ Collection Competition, is David Mark Williams for his collection ‘Papaya Fantasia’  which will be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in Winter 2018.

We are also pleased to say that Victoria Richards, Karen Dennison, Robin Lyndsay Wilson and Phil Vernon were all Highly Commended.

Once more, many thanks to everybody who entered the competition and congratulations to all of the poets who made it to the Longlist and beyond.

 

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‘A Slim Volume of One’s Own’ Collection Competition – Longlist

We are proud to announce a ‘Longlist’ for our ‘A Slim Volume of One’s Own’ Collection Competition.

The poets who have collections going forward to the final judging, are:

  1. Beth McDonough
  2. Carol McKay
  3. Joanna Brown
  4. Karen Dennison
  5. David Mark Williams
  6. Matthew Duggan
  7. Patience Light
  8. Phil Vernon
  9. Robin Lyndsay Wilson
  10. Victoria Richards

The final result is to be published on Monday 23rd of April. Many thanks to everybody who entered the competition and congratulations to all of the poets who made it to the Longlist.

 

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Arfur – Line-Up Announced NOW

It is hard to believe that it is only four months since I started to ask people to spare us their poetic change for  ‘Arfur’, but I am pleased and proud to be able to say that we have finally got it all together and the first issue is about to go to print.

I’m a little new to this, as you know, so if this isn’t the done thing I’ll apologise now, but I thought it only right to say thank you to all of the people who submitted work, whether they ended-up in the magazine or not. It quite simply could have been hundreds of pages long and at times could well have ended-up that way.

In the end though, you have to choose and so here are the poets who have their work in this first edition:

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

The full line-up of articles, interviews and reviews will follow later.

If you’d like to pre-order a Deluxe copy of the magazine (and make sure there is a second issue!), you’d be more than welcome to visit HERE

 

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Arfur Is Coming

I have to say, getting the first issue of ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge’ blinking and out into the light will be a bit of a relief. Like the Anthology competition it feels as though the phoney-war has gone on forever and I just want everybody to see what we have ended-up with – the selection for issue #1 is made and lots of emails will start flying on Monday.

It is quite a line-up, both in terms of the poems/poets included, and in the various articles and interviews.

I have said to a few people that my taste in poetry is a little eclectic, so it was always going to be something for everybody ahead of everything for somebody, well, unless you are me, clearly.

I’m aiming to publish a list of contributors next week. Not quite sure if that is the done thing or not, but certainly for the first issue I can see that people may need to know what they would be buying into if they take a punt on young Arfur.

However, if you are adventurous, you can always take a punt and pre-order HERE.

 

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