Protesting the Future: An Interview with Wes Brown

Wes Brown’s second novel, When Lights Are Bright is one of Dead Ink’s New Voices 2015. The book is a day in Leeds throughout which the contrarian journalist, James Oisin, covers the story of a missing schoolgirl, Chantelle Bailey. He sat down with his Editor, Nathan Connolly, to discuss the book.  Where did the book […]

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Submissions Now Open: New Voices 2016

This month we announced the launch of New Voices 2015 as part of our Publishing the Underground programme. Now we’re looking for exciting work for next year’s New Voices 2016. Submissions are now open! New Voices is Dead Ink’s annual publication of three novels from the best new and emerging writers in Britain. Last year we […]

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Extract: When Lights Are Bright

The baying mass was outside. It had begun. It made him shiver to think of the communion with thugs and heavies who smelled like his father. James Oisin stood in a satin nightgown, all hairy-legs, drinking from a shot glass. Last night, he had taken five minutes out of a boozy game of cards to […]

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Extract: The Wave

Brazil It was suffocating, like living at the bottom of a giant sweating sea, a grey iron mass that pushed down on your head inexorably. The clouds, the sky, the faintest current were all aspects of this giant ocean that encased the earth. Not even a whisper of fresh air existed down there. Any breath […]

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Extract: The Shapes of Dogs’ Eyes

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Today I was boiled alive. I was stuck inside a horror vision of beer kettle aluminium, titanium and chrome. Stainless steel that stained me. I was welly boot dry-hopped in a vat of pale ale, and that made me the secret ingredient. It all began in Battersea Park, or, rather, on the way back to […]

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New Voices 2015


  Dead Ink is pleased to announce the launch of New Voices 2015, the latest in our annual series of daring novels from emerging British authors of extraordinary talent. This follows on from the success of New Voices 2014 which featured SJ Bradley’s Brick Mother, Richard Smyth’s Wild Ink, and Sally Ashton’s Controller. This year […]

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Publishing the Underground Launch


Publishing the Underground is an ambitious new experiment in participatory publishing, bringing readers closer to authors. Supported by Arts Council England, Dead Ink aims to combine crowdfunding, subscription and membership to redefine the way that we think of publishing and ensure the future of challenging new literary fiction. Continuing our showcase New Voices series, the […]

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Vote for Sarah Fletcher’s Kissing Angles in the Saboteur Awards


Dead Ink Books is pleased to announce that Sarah Fletcher’s Kissing Angles has been shortlisted for the 2015 Saboteur Awards in the Best Poetry Pamphlet category. We are incredibly grateful for everyone who voted for Sarah’s pamphlet. Help Sarah go one step further and win the category by voting again. Vote for Kissing Angles here. Sale To celebrate, we’ve put Kissing Angles on […]

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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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