So finally, after two years of banging my head against the wall, trying to get this collection written, Dark Corners of the Land has arrived. Geraint has done a cracking job, I’m delighted with the books.
I think these poems are possibly the most personal I’ve ever written; I’m actually quite relieved to put them out into the world. This is perhaps my last collection for the forseeable, I’ll be concentrating on a new writing/research project in the next few months.
So here’s the press release & details of the book. It’s only £5 if you buy it direct from Blackheath Books, order via this link.They do lovely packages. You can also buy one from me in person at the launch party, which takes place at the Henry Moore Institute on Wednesday night. More details about the event here.
Dark Corners of the Land |Adelle Stripe | Poetry Chapbook | Ltd edition 100 copies, letterpress, recycled stock | ISBN: 978-1-906099-29-9 | Released October 17th 2012 | Available at £5 from www.blackheathbooks.org.uk
Dark Corners of the Land is Adelle Stripe’s third collection on Blackheath Books. These visceral confessional poems explore rural life, strange deaths, hunting, farming and hedonism, set against the backdrop of the small North Yorkshire town where she grew up.
Influenced by Robinson Jeffers, D.H. Lawrence and Ted Hughes, the poems are a raw and emotional response to subjects including myxomatosis, the Battle of Towton, bull castration, lambing, the badger cull, animal traps, poachers, fishing, underage drinking, acid house, and hunting with dogs.
These collectable chapbooks are handmade on letterpress by Geraint Hughes. They feature a unique design of a stencilled barb wire pattern spray-painted on the cover; inside the first 50 copies, a vintage edition Brooke Bond Tea Card ‘Wild Birds in Britain’ is signed by the author. London artist Lisa Cradduck has created an exclusive print which also features in the book.
Adelle Stripe was born in 1976 and lives in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire. She is a Creative Writing MA graduate from Manchester University’s Centre for New Writing and is a founding member of the Brutalist Poets. Her work has been widely published in underground publications in Britain and America. Her second collection Cigarettes in Bed won ‘Poetry Book of the Year’ at the 3:AM Magazine Awards 2009.
“Brave new writing, touched with tenderness and raw emotional depth” – The Guardian
“One of the finest young femme writers I’ve read in England – or America –she writes with wit, spunk, savvy, and a wise, world-aware brilliance that promises great literary endurance.” – Joan Jobe Smith, poet & founding editor of Pearl Magazine and Bukowski Review
“Adelle Stripe is a great poet. I can’t wait for a publisher to stick out their neck and publish this rising star.” – Lee Rourke, author of The Canal
About Blackheath Books
Blackheath Books is a publisher based in South Wales that specialises in artisan printing, publishing & bookmaking for discerning bibliophiles; a celebration of ordinary things. In the great tradition of the independent small press it provides a home for literary outsiders, and mavericks who swim against the flow of the mainstream.
It was established in 2005, as the rest of the world seemed to be forsaking the printed medium; their website states ‘mainstream publishing wasn’t doing or saying anything of relevance to us so decided to reclaim publishing by publishing the books we wanted to read.’
Their limited print runs, of signed and numbered editions, chapbooks and novels are all made by hand and with love. They make books because they like books. Blackheath Books are hand printed using vintage equipment and techniques on 100% recycled paper and card that contains a high percentage of post consumer waste.
Blackheath receives no external funding and is a ‘not for profit’ organisation. Any profits they make are ploughed back into the press and fund future publications. They refuse to play the profit game and ask no one (apart from their readers) to underwrite their independence.