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 (206 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 (126 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 (136 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




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


Friday Night is Fish Supper Night #16 – The Road to Clevedon Pier

Well, blimey – what a week this has been?

So many competition questions answered (and congratulations to all who made the podium.)

Books available direct from the poets all signed and dedicated – something I’m really proud of, although I have had to give-up on the ‘Get it from a Poet’ campaign slogan as apparently nobody wants to wear that T-shirt.

All of which makes me think that we have come a long way in the last couple of years, and indeed the 18 months since we managed to release our first wee book, The Road To Clevedon Pier.

So it seemed a good time to share that special book with you all today.

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

The Road to Clevedon Pier (143 downloads)

Have a lovely weekend.

Pre-Order Signed Copies: Raine Geoghegan’s ‘they lit fires : lenti hatch o yog’

I can’t quite believe that it is a year since we launched Raine Geoghegan’s (and our!) first collection, ‘Apple Water : Povel Panni’ which continues to garner rave reviews.

‘Apple Water’ felt like something special right from the beginning and Raine’s mix of Romani dialect and family tales has left listeners spellbound across the country wherever she has performed it.

Needless to say, when we talked to the lady about a new collection that sits alongside it, there was never a question that we would like to publish it and I am more than proud that we will be doing just that later this year.

‘lenti hatch o yog’ which translates as ‘they lit fires’ is a beautiful collection of monologues, haibun and songs.

Of course it isn’t just the words that have beauty, the cover – front and back – are based on artwork created by artist Christine Ford, a Romany artist from Pukerua Bay in New Zealand.

Like ‘Apple Water,’ ‘they lit fires’ also features a couple of Raine’s family photos which add to the atmosphere of the collection perfectly.

The collection won’t officially be available until later this year, but I am happy to be able to tell you that Raine has a number of the first print run of the first edition that she has today made available for sale from her web site and would no doubt love to sign and dedicate for you.

These are now available to order direct from Raine at her web site HERE.

I keep saying that we are big believers in people buying their poetry direct from the poet as it is the best way to support their on-going work and I really hope that you agree.

“Postcards From The Hedge: A Bestiary of the Night” Competition – RESULTS

Postcards From The Hedge - A Bestiary of the Night Competition

Postcards From The Hedge - A Bestiary of the Night CompetitionWell, a little later than intended, but I am pleased and proud and many types of chuffed to be able to announce the winner and shortlisted poets of our ‘Bestiary of the Night’ competition.

As you may remember, our winner will get a cash prize and see their poem reproduced on one of our beautiful Artcards.

Additionally, they will join the rest of the shortlisted poets in our own wee Bestiary to be published in 2020.

So with no more natter, our shortlisted poets are:

  1. Anna Teresa Slater
  2. Anne Casey
  3. Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon
  4. Darren Beaney
  5. Desmond Childs
  6. Genya Johnson
  7. Karen Middleton
  8. Nick Toczek
  9. Pratibha Castle
  10. Simon Buckland
  11. Val Ormrod

And I am hyperventilating to be able to announce that our


is the quite legendary


for his poem


Many congratulations to all of the shortlisted poets, especially to Des who incidentally (and I am very pleased to be able to say that the competition was judged anonymously when I do) was the very first member of our Cult of the Spiny Hog.

#001 indeed.