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Summer's come to Stonewood!

We are buzzing with excitement here at Stonewood Press! Not only do we have two new Thumbprint titles out in June, we also have news about a three-site art & poetry exhibition in autumn of Small Grass, Lace and The Night Library; a new fundraising project called Traverse; details of the Brittle Star Issue 38 launch and competition prize giving; updates on festivals & readings, and special offers! Gor blimey, we're spoilt for choice!

New Thumbprints

We are delighted to be launching two new Thumbprint titles in June: Paul Blake's debut chapbook A Massacre of Hummingbirds and Sue MacIntyre's Green City. The joint launch is at 7pm on Thursday 30th June at Keats House. Please RSVP to by 25th June. Do join us in celebrating two extraordinary new poetry chapbooks.

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Martin at last year's Free Verse Poetry Book Fair

Put A Poet In Your Pocket!

Small Grass poet Jacqueline Gabbitas has launched Traverse, a new crowdfunding campaign, with the help of 13 other contemporary poets including Ian McMillan, Mimi Khalvati and Pascale Petit to help raise funds for Stonewood Press. 

Traverse Poetry Trading Cards will be launched with new poems from Ian McMillan, Pascale Petit, Susan Wicks, Mimi Khalvati, Myra Schneider, Wayne Burrows, Kathryn Maris, Anna Robinson, Fawzia Kane, Jacqueline Gabbitas, Di Slaney, Paul Blake and Pippa Hennessy. And not so new but wonderful poems from Edna St Vincent Millay, William Shakespeare, William Blake, John Clare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Aphra Behn. And there will be a special orange Scratch n Sniff card featuring Christina Rossetti exclusive to Indiegogo supporters.
Packs of Traverse (short for Trading Verse) will contain three randomly chosen cards (like baseball cards or Tops Trumps) each with a rarity value: from the abundantly available Plentiful cards to the Super_rare William Blake card. This card is printed on smart paper with an NFC chip or QR code that will direct the collector (via his/her smart phone) to a video of poet David Constantine reading Blake’s ‘A Divine Image’ and talking about the poet.

For more information and to support the campaign visit

Brittle Star Magazine Launch & Competition Prize Giving

Join us and our competition judges George Szirtes and Alison Moore on Wednesday, 22th June, 6.30 for 7pm at the Barbican Library, London, as we celebrate the launch of Issue 38 and the competition winners with an evening of wonderful readings. Free entry

For over fifteen years, Brittle Star has been publishing scintillating poems and short stories from new and early-career writers, many of whom have seen their work in print for the first time, and new work from established writers from independent publishers.

Wednesday, 22th June, 6.30 for 7pm at the Barbican Library, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS. FREE Event.

And to accompany our readings we have our traditional summer Pimms & strawberries!
  Let us know you're coming either by
email or through our
Facebook Event Page.

3x3x3: Three Poets, Three Artists, Three Libraries.

Take three poets, match them up with three artists, and the results are three very different books. Over 33 days in September and October, three Nottinghamshire libraries will simultaneously host exhibitions of poetry and art from three Stonewood titles: Small Grass, The Night Library and Lace. ​

Small Grass by Jacqueline Gabbitas & Frances Barry, a short collection of nature poems written from the viewpoint of grass; The Night Library by Anna Robinson & Martin Parker, a love song to libraries and the librarians that run them, and Lace by Susan Wicks and Elizabeth Clayman, a celebration of lace and the women who made it.

As part of this ambitious project Inspire (the new culture, learning and libraries organization for Nottinghamshire) has commissioned a series of workshops with some of the artists and poets. A preview of the artworks will be on display at Southwell Poetry Festival where Anna Robinson & Jacqueline Gabbitas will also be reading.

To find out more, visit the events pages for Notts Libraries or sign up to Inspire's newsletter. 

Find us at Festivals

Thursday 14 July, 7 – 8.30pm Southwell Library Poetry Festival Opening Event. 3x3x3 Preview. Anna Robinson & Jacqueline Gabbitas will be reading from their Stonewood collections. Southwell Library, King Street, Southwell, Notts. NG25 0EH. Entry £4.

We'll be back again with a stall at Free Verse Poetry Book Fair, Conway Hall, London, on 17th September 2016. Visit the book fair's website for updates and details of the Free Verse Poetry Competition.

Not technically a festival, but we're making it an Oktoberfest of Poetry when we return to the wonderful Fourth Friday on 28th October. We'll have readings from Stonewood authors and a host of Traverse poets. Friday 28th October, The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, London, WC2H PBP. Entry £8/£6.
Stonewood is now represented by Inpress. We're thrilled to be a part of the family and hope it will lead to lots of lovely new opportunities for our books, authors and projects.
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