Dead Ink New Poetry: Richard O’Brien and Sarah Fletcher to launch pamphlets in London

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Dead Ink New Poetry: Richard O’Brien and Sarah Fletcher to launch pamphlets at the Betsey Trotwood, London 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm Friday 20th March The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London  EC1R 3BL Dead Ink is a publisher of new literary fiction from the underground. Join us for an evening of readings and plenty of celebration at the launch […]

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Moonlighting in the 21st Century – an Interview with Toby Lichtig

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My appearance fee was a pair of slippers, hand-knitted by the producer’s mother. I still have them. Toby Lichtig is a journalist, critic and commissioning editor at the Times Literary Supplement. He writes for a range of publications, including the TLS, Wall Street Journal, Telegraph, New Humanist and Literary Review, and has appeared as an arts commentator on television and radio. He […]

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Two Poems by Kristin Chang


taipei everything i see can be reduced to a certain taste of thigh. that three year old is touching himself on the subway. he leaves a thumbprint on the pole. his mother leaves an ashtray next to his right hip. i am carrying. a breakfast of two hard-boiled eggs and i put one egg in […]

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There’s this kid. Poor guy. He’s stuck to a wall. David is his name I think. He’s only fourteen or so. Nobody knows how he got stuck there, but it looks like he’s going to be there for the rest of his life. His back is pressed right up against it. Doctors say they’ve never […]

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Poems by Alan Dunnett

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Then He Kissed Me And then he hit me. He hit me in a way that I’d never been hit before followed by the others. Fist and boot then silence. All this because the Orient had lost. We had to get clear only the train hadn’t stopped. ‘Let the poor bastards go’ came at a […]

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Dead Ink New Voices at Wakefield LitFest


Contemporary fiction publisher Dead Ink invites you to take part in and celebrate the launch of two novels from debut Wakefield-born authors SJ Bradley ‘Brick Mother’ and Richard Smyth ‘Wild Ink’. The event will feature readings, a conversation with their editor Wes Brown and a discussion with the audience. 25th September 2014 18:00 – 19:30 […]

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Book Review: The Midlands


‘The Midlands are crying, crying for haslet and bacon/crying for bridges where railways falter’. Williams personifies the Midlands in his anaphoric opening poem of the same title: they are speaking to him.  As a lad who grew up in Matlock in Derbyshire, his surroundings have clearly had a direct impact on his art. He re-envisions […]

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Book Review: Opera di Cera

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Threaded through the twisted physiology of Opera di Cera is a fairy tale of the most fluid sort. It’s as if all the latent symbolism of the venerable story type has been set in a pot and put on a long simmer. The reduction is the concise yet flavoursome verse form of Kelley Swain’s unique […]

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Basking Shark

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Miriam is on acid and laughing hysterically on the bottom deck while me, Melissa and Abbi are sat drinking on the top deck. Doug isn’t really socialising and is sitting on the front of the boat smoking Mayfair cigarettes and has a fishing rod that he brought with him dangling in the water, although he […]

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