One of the real pleasures of the first nine months of the Hedgehog Press has been the fact that we have got to create nine beautiful Sticklebacks filled by brilliant poets. The paper editions of the micro-collections are long gone, but the poetry lives on in our lovely downloadables – and best of all FREE – PDF editions.
So have a lovely New Year, and feel free to help yourself to one or to all HERE
If you like them, it is a tricky time of year for a lot of people and I would love it if you could spare a couple of bob for a foodbank local to you. Sadly they aren’t hard to find these days.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
Eileen Carney Hulme
Peter J. King
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
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.
We are more than pleased to finally be able to announce that Victoria Richards is the winner of the ‘Road To Clevedon Pier’ Anthology Competition, with Matt Duggan and Sarah Thomson being Highly Commended as Runners-up.
They, along with all of the poets who made the longlist will be appearing in the Competition Anthology to be published in April.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever felt quite as popular as I did last weekend, what with Submissions for Arfur and the deadline for the Anthology Competition falling – emails every minute or two and all filled with poetry.
It is down to earth this week though, as I suddenly realised that it was ‘over to me’ and that I needed to get on with it.
I’d kind of been keeping an eye on the submissions for Arfur, and so felt it was better to go for the unopened tin that was the ‘Road to Clevedon Pier’ competition first instead, and my god there was a fair old pile of them.
I did think I should probably explain the approach (in the interests of transparency and a vague hope of sympathy,) so this is how it has gone:
All of the entries were printed and coded, and left ‘unnamed’. I feel bad about the printing, but there we are, I hate reading poetry on screen and well, I’m a Luddite, what can I say.
I read all of the poems one at a time, not to sift or sort them or otherwise get myself organised, but just to see if any grabbed me. At this point I deliberately didn’t want to think about it all as a competition, instead just read and enjoy.
From there, I had a day off. I’m quite lazy, really.
I read all of the entries again, this time more critically and ended-up with a pile of ‘possibles’ and another of ‘sadly nots.’
I panicked a little as the ‘possibles’ towered over the ‘sadly nots’.
I thought I’d better read them again. But took the rest of the day off first.
I read them all again and this time ended-up with a smaller ‘possibles’ pile, which I then managed to split into ‘probably’ and a ‘probably not, though I’m still not 100%’ piles. I felt as though I was getting somewhere now.
I took another day off as this was becoming like hard work and I wasn’t sure I’d signed-up for that.
I read them all again and started binary sorting them (I always knew that Computer Studies CSE would come in handy one day) and then somehow I ended-up with a longlist. These will be the ones that appear in the anthology.
I definitely took the rest of that day off at this point.
From there it was easy and I soon found my three poem shortlist.
And that is where we currently are. I just need to pick a winner, but unfortunately it is from three poems that I have totally fallen in love with.
Decisions, decisions. What to do?
Well, take the weekend off, clearly, and work it out on Monday.
The interesting thing is that I still don’t know who has written the poems as I’m leaving that ‘pull back the curtain’ moment until I pick the overall winner.
Oh, and I can’t seem to lay my hand on the list that matches poet to poem. But it is here, somewhere. I’m sure it is (ahem.)
I would like to thank everybody who entered, you have written some really fine poetry, i just wish it wasn’t such hard work.