Pre-Order Signed Copies: Melissa Fu’s ‘Falling Outside Eden’

I’m really proud to say that following on from her rather wonderful Stickleback last year, the 14th of October sees us publishing Melissa Fu’s collection ‘Falling Outside Eden’ which is already gathering more than its fair share of admiring glances.

As ever, to celebrate the launch we have produced a rather lovely ‘Deluxe’ edition, with coloured end-papers and everything else and I’m happy to say that you may now pre-order a copy direct from Melissa herself, who I’m sure will be more than happy to sign and dedicate it to taste.

Unless you are a member of our ‘Cult’, this is the only way you can get a copy of the Deluxe edition and certainly Melissa is the only one who can sign it for you!

As you no doubt know, we’re big believers in people supporting poets and the best way to do this is to buy their work direct from the ‘the source’ and here is the perfect opportunity.

To buy your signed copy of the First Run of the First Edition direct from Melissa, go HERE

To find out more about it, you can now see Melissa’s author page on our web site THERE

If you have a deep and abiding love of massive non-tax paying faceless companies, you can of course buy the Standard Edition from Amazon, but let’s face it, why would you?

Have a lovely day, and be quick, when the First edition is gone, it is, well, gone.

Friday Night is Fish Supper Night #14 – Peter Francis Pegnall

Hmm, OK, after all of my boasting about how organised I’m getting, I’m a little late in introducing you to something particularly special this week, but there we are.

Anyway, this time we have a brilliant Stickleback from the unique talent that is Mr Peter Francis Pegnall and I really do hope that you enjoy it.

His collection is due soon too – just saying.

Have a lovely weekend.

To download your copy, just click on the download link below:

Peter Francis Pegnall - The Stickleback (144 downloads)


Autumn Books: “The Saltwater Diaries” by Sue Burge

This Autumn is turning into something a wee bit special here in Hedgehogland and I am more than extremely chuffed to be able to report that following on from her awesome debut collection ‘Lumiere’, we will be publishing Sue Burge’s ‘The Saltwater Diaries.’

Needless to say it is many kinds of brilliant and it will be available to pre-order in the nearest of futures.




Autumn Books: “Dearest Lord, When Will I Die?” by Peter Francis Pegnall

Now that we have made it to October, I’m loving the fact that I can start to gather all of the collections together that will be in the Cult’s ‘Goody Box,’ * especially as this is the first time we have really got to the stage where Hedgehog is publishing the number of collections I’ve been trying to build towards.

I keep saying that whilst we will be publishing a lot of pamphlets, paperback books will be few and well spaced, and so I’m really pleased to say that this time Peter Francis Pegnall is the chap in the spotlight with his rather wonderful ‘Dearest Lord, When Will I Die?’ This is a brilliant collection and I am made up that we are able to bring it to you all.

Peter’s Stickleback will also be available on Friday as our Free Download to, so do check that out.


  • ‘Goody Box’ – Members of our Cult of the Spiny Hog don’t just get to enter all of our competitions as many times as they like, they also have a members-only Challenge each month too. It doesn’t end there though, as once a quarter they receive a beautifully packaged box filled with every book, pamphlets, single-poet-collection, Stickleback and anthology we have published. The aim for Hedgehog has always been to publish at least six collections each quarter and whilst it has taken a lot of work to get there, this the 6th Cult, is the first time we have got there. In fact, we look be be exceeding that – the full list will be out in the next few days.

Friday Night is Fish Supper Night #13 Andy Brown

I can’t quite believe that we are up to week 13 of our Friday Night Freebie Fish Suppers, but then again I don’t normally have such a work ethic or level of concentration.

This week though has definitely been worth the wait as I am proud, chuffed, made-up and otherwise astonished to be able to introduce you to this wonderful Stickleback from Mr Andy Brown.

I’ll say no more – have a fine weekend.

To download your copy, just click on the download link below:

Andy Brown - Stickleback (129 downloads)


Autumn Books: ‘Gifts Without Wrapping’ by Michał Choiński

One of the great things about running a wee poetry press is that poetry comes to you rather than as a reader where you have to spend a lot of time looking for it. Better still, when it comes it can quite literally arrive from anywhere in the world and sometimes, just sometimes it is genius.

Don’t get me wrong, I know the limitations of a one-man-band poetry press and I’m not under any illusions that it is any different for anybody else, but sometimes you just sit down to read a collection by a voice you haven’t heard of before and it totally stuns you.

It was exactly like that the first time I read work from Michał Choiński and his (genuinely) slim volume Gifts Without Wrapping and I am so pleased that you will be able to share it in the near future.

When I started Hedgehog coming on two years ago I had this big idea that it would be a publisher of great, modern collections and this Autumn I think that we are finally getting there with a spectacular list. Michal is a perfect example of that.

Autumn Books: ‘Memory Forest’ by Gaynor Kane

Anybody that knows me, even a wee bit in an interwebby kind of way, will know just how much I love Lady Gaynor Kane’s poetry.

When I was planning the first Sticklebacks she was top of my list and I had always hoped that sometime we would work together on a collection.

And I have to say I am so pleased to be able to confirm that her first wee pamphlet, ‘Memory Forest’ is destined for some opulent paperiness this Autumn

As you can see the cover is gorgeous and based on artwork from Bonnie Helen Hawkins but what you can’t tell is that the illustrations within perfectly complement some stupendous verse.

A total pleasure then, coming soon. I can’t wait.

Autumn Books: ‘the blue hour’ by Mick Yates

I have to say that it feels a bit of a blur at the moment, but a nice blur, a sort of softly abstract shaded blur and given the beautiful artwork on the cover of Mick Yates collection ‘the blue hour’ you can probably see what I mean.

Mick is a poet who’s work I’ve loved from afar for many years in various magazines and if you read Arfur, you’ll know I loved his previous collections too. So I was more than pleased when he agreed for Hedgehog to publish ‘the blue hour’ which is a special collection by any standard.

I have to say, it has been a ropey old year and a lot of the time I wasn’t quite sure whether Hedgehog would ever stop hibernating, but things are looking up now and I truly hope you love the work we have coming out as much as I do.


Autumn Books: ‘Falling Outside Eden’ by Melissa Fu

I love the fact that Autumn is coming and that the collections are starting to be finalised and one I know that you will love is the brilliant ‘Falling Outside Eden’ by Melissa Fu.

Regular Hog Watchers will remember that Sue Burge chose Melissa as the winner of our first Nicely Folded Paper competition, and it is really cool to be able to share this with the world now so that you can see why.

Sue described the collection as,

“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.”

and I really couldn’t argue at all.

Coming soon, form a disorderly queue.

LAUNCH – Nigel Kent’s ‘Saudade’ – Come & Join Us!

Sunday the 22nd of September  is Launch Night for Nigel Kent’s quite wonderful ‘Saudade’ and if you can get to The Swan on New Street in Worcester between 7 & 10pm you would be in for a fine time.

Joining Nigel for a feast of verse are our very own Raine Geoghegan and Sarah Thomson along with Polly Stretton and Charley Barnes.

Nigel will of course be signing copies of the first edition, but if you can’t make it to the launch you can of course buy a copy direct from the chap himself.

Full details Here