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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Well, it may be getting a wee bit darker of an evening, but we seem to be stretching our Friday Night Freebies a bit longer and I’m really pleased that this week it is something a little special from Debjani Chatterjee.
As it happens, Debjani will be the first person to have two Sticklebacks after winning a poll of our Cult members earlier this year, but you’ll have to wait a while for that one.
To download your copy, just click on the download link below:
Another forthcoming title this August is a fantastic pamphlet from the brilliant Raine Geoghegan, ‘they lit fires – lenti hatch o yog.’
Following on from ‘Apple Water : Povel Panni’ this is a selection of Raine’s Monologues, Haibun and Songs and is one of the coolest things I have read in years. and definitely one of the most beautiful.
This will be available to pre-order soon and again, I would urge you to get it from the source and buy a signed copy direct from Raine, although of course Cult members will find a copy in their Goody Boxes too.