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Lovely write-up of our reading at London Book Fair on the Deilbiri blog.

This really is a corner at LBF and sadly rather a noisy one, principally because of its proximity to coffee shops! However, this didn’t distract from the hardcore poetry lovers from perching on backless blocks or escape-proof bean bags, to enjoy a range of poetic offerings. The first one I attended in full – I […]

via LBF Poetry Corner — deilibri


We’re delighted with the first review of our collection, on Emma Lee’s blog. Are you interested in reviewing our book? Contact Holland Park Press to request a review copy. Have a good weekend!

Two poets explore the hidden histories of women based north and south of the river Thames in London through poems with Joolz Sparkes focusing north of the river, and Hilaire south. Poems are grouped by theme so chronologically they jump around and are marked N or S to indicate the writer. Some poems feature a […]

via “London Undercurrents” Joolz Sparkes and Hilaire (Holland Park Press) – book review — Emma Lee’s Blog

Join us at Poet’s Corner, London Book Fair, Olympia March 13th

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We’re thrilled to be joining our publishers Holland Park Press as delegates at the London Book Fair on March 13th, 2019. We’ll be reading from our book as part of the Poet’s Corner features on March 13th between 11.30am-12.30am. You can find out more about our event here. There are some great speakers during the whole 3-day event to enjoy, and our wonderful publishers Bernadette and Arnold from Holland Park Press will be there too – so if you’re visiting the fair do pop by their stand to say hello. Hope to see you there.



Tightening up our titles

Joolz writes: Seeing as some of our London Undercurrents poems came into being well over 3 years ago, there are some titles that we’ve grown accustomed to, and have got ‘stuck’ with. So much so, that we’ve never stopped to ask – is this the right title for this poem? Because – of course it’s the right title; it’s been there since the beginning of time.

Now that we are nearly ready to send out mentor-honed and newly reworked manuscript to publishers, we’ve taken time to stop and think. To think about titles and what they add to a poem. And how we can make all our titles their best selves. Continue reading Tightening up our titles

S.A. Leavesley launches How to Grow Matches, guest readers Linda Black, Joolz Sparkes and Hilaire

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matchesJoin Against the Grain Press and our fantastic guest readers at the launch of S. A. Leavesley’s pamphlet at The Poetry Café on the 31st March. A  little bit of Easter magic for all!

sarah.jpgS.A. Leavesley (Sarah James) is author of four poetry collections, two pamphlets, a touring poetry-play and two novellas. Her poetry has been published by the Financial Times, the Guardian, The Forward Book of Poetry 2016, on Worcestershire buses and in the Blackpool Illuminations. She runs V. Press poetry and flash fiction imprint was Overton Poetry Prize winner in 2015.

lindaLinda Black is an award-winning poet, a visual artist and a dyslexia specialist. Her pamphlet The beating of wings (Hearing Eye, 2006) was a PBS Pamphlet Choice. Her fourth collection, Slant, was published by Shearsman in April 2016.

Picture1.pngHilaire’s poetry and short stories have been published in both British and Australian magazines and anthologies. Her novel Hearts on Ice was published…

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Start Of A New Year At Loose Muse

Great write up of last Monday’s Loose Muse in Winchester – our first reading outside London. Many thanks to host Sue Wrinch, and to everyone who came along and gave us a very warm welcome!

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On Monday 8th January 2018 Loose Muse began a new year with two very special ‘Guest Features’ from London, poets, Joolz Sparkes and Hilaire having braved both a train strike and the cold January weather to be with us.  Unfortunately, both Helen Burke and Hilary Hares were ill and couldn’t make it so I stepped in at the last minute with some of my new poems, but first I shared the news that I had managed to sign up the excellent poet, Abegail Morley as Co-Editor for our Loose Muse Winchester Anthology!  She was my first choice and I have to admit to being somewhat astonished when she agreed to work with me!  Abegail is a fantastic poet, having been short listed for a Forward Prize, and named as one of the five British poets to watch in 2017 by Robert Peake in the Huffington Post.  He wrote that her…

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London Undercurrents – two poems by Hilaire and Joolz Sparkes

We’re delighted that London Undercurrents has been featured on the excellent Proletarian Poetry site. We’re planning to write about the background to more of the poems we’ve written on our own blog, so watch this space!

Proletarian Poetry

It is said of Truman Capote that his book, In Cold Blood was the first non-fiction novel. Based on in-depth research, the book tells of a family murdered by two young men in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. It was part of what became known as the New Journalism by the likes of Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer and Joan Didion, who used literary devices to tell factual stories. Today, this type of writing has become known as creative non-fiction. Their approach was a form of social archaeology, where the writer is led by the subject, often taking them into strange situations (read Hunter S Thompson for more of that).

Poetry being the most (ahem) truthful of writing forms, I think could be described as creative non-fiction. It often tells true stories either of the poet or others’ lives, and relevant to PP giving voice to to people who are rarely heard or depicted…

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