Anthologies


Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers 

Publisher: Unbound (2019)

Buy: Rough Trade | Blackwell’s | Waterstones

Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir written in celebration, not apology: these are narratives rich in barbed humour, reflecting the depth and texture of working-class life, the joy and sorrow, the solidarity and the differences, the everyday wisdom and poetry of the woman at the bus stop, the waiter, the hairdresser. 

Here, Kit de Waal brings together thirty-three established and emerging writers who invite you to experience the world through their eyes, their voices loud and clear as they reclaim and redefine what it means to be working class.

Features original pieces from Damian Barr, Malorie Blackman, Lisa Blower, Jill Dawson, Louise Doughty, Stuart Maconie, Chris McCrudden, Lisa McInerney, Paul McVeigh, Daljit Nagra, Dave O’Brien, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Anita Sethi, Tony Walsh, Alex Wheatle, Adelle Stripe and more.

ISBN: 9781783527458 

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Spring: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons

Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (2016)

Buy: Waterstones | Caught by the River | WH Smith

It is a time of awakening. In our ­fields, hedgerows and woodlands, our beaches, cities and parks, an almost imperceptible shift soon becomes a riot of sound and colour: winter ends, and life surges forth once more. 

Whether in town or country, we all share in this natural rhythm, in the joy and anticipation of the changing year.

In prose and poetry both old and new, Spring mirrors the unfolding of the season, inviting us to see what’s around us with new eyes. 

Edited by Melissa Harrison, it features original writing by Rob Cowen, Miriam Darlington, Stephen Moss, George Orwell, Clare Leighton, H. E. Bates, and fresh new voices from across the UK. This is an original and inspiring collection of nature writing that brings the British springtime to life in all its vivid glory.

Features ‘First Milk’ by Adelle Stripe. 

ISBN: 9781783962235 

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Untitled One: Neu Reekie

Publisher: Birlinn (2015)

A poetry anthology boasting some of the UK’s most exciting voices who have all shared the Neu! Reekie! bill. Many of the works are new, many are favourites read at the events; all are savoured, sublime, sumptuous voices within poetry already – with the exception of Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap and Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit – who are ferocious forces within music and beyond.

Contributors include: Irvine Welsh, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lochhead, Ron Butlin and Tom Leonard; as well as younger blood such as: Jenni Fagan, Hollie McNish and William Letford. Accompanying the book is a 20 track compilation album, artists include: Jesus, Baby; Emelle;The Merrylees; Stanley Odd; TeenCanteen and Young Fathers.

Features ‘Big Weekend’ and ‘Sacred Heart’ by Adelle Stripe.

ISBN: 9781846973345