“Since 2006 Penned in the Margins has published over 35 books, spanning poetry, experimental fiction, criticism and creative non-fiction. Our current output is between 6 and 8 new titles per year. We are currently accepting submissions of unsolicited manuscripts and project proposals.”
Tom Chivers was born in 1983 in South London. He is a writer, publisher and award-winning arts producer, and runs the independent literary arts company Penned in the Margins. His poetry collections include How to Build a City (Salt, 2009), The Terrors (Nine Arches, 2009) and, as editor, the anthologies City State: New London Poetry and Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins, 2009 & 2012). Since 2006 Penned in the Margins has published over thirty-five books spanning poetry, criticism and experimental fiction, and produced numerous arts events, projects and tours including Generation Txt (2007), Kalagora (2010), Riot Acts (2012) and Electronic Voice Phenomena (2013). Recent publications include Holophin by Luke Kennard (Winner of Best Novella, Saboteur Awards) and The Shipwrecked House by Claire Trevien (Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award). From 2007 to 2011 Tom was co-Director of the London Word Festival.
Luke Kennard will discuss his incredible novel at this special event! Luke Kennard is the author of four volumes of poetry, two pamphlets and a novella called Holophin. His second book, The Harbour Beyond the Movie was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2007. He lectures at the University of Birmingham and is working on his first novel.
So it’s been a pretty exciting November. On the 7th we had a fabulous book launch with Nuala Casey and Matt Haig here at YSJ. Matt read from his latest novel, The Humans, and reminded us all why it’s great to be a human, from the point of view of an alien. Matt’s lively and moving writing is highly recommended. Nuala Casey, a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing here at YSJ, read from her debut novel, Soho 4 a. m. Nuala held the audience with her atmospheric and gritty prose, taking us through the shady streets of Soho. Nuala doesn’t wait around either, her next novel, Summer Lies Bleeding will be out next summer. Both writers responded to questions from the audience with generosity and refreshing honesty, and we all got an insight into the discipline and hard work necessary to become a successful writer.
Last week we were incredibly proud to see our first cohort of joint honours Creative Writing students graduate in the grand York Minster. We were all dressed in our finery, struggling to balance our hats and comparing our gowns. JT Welsch definitely won that particular contest…
We know that all our students are going on to do great things, and are happy to have the pleasure of continuing to teach some on our MA.
Finally, novelist Barrie Sherwood gave a wonderful reading of his latest work, Sandia, yesterday evening. Barrie was a lecturer here at YSJ for five years and recently left to teach in Singapore. It was lovely to see him again, and lots of his previous students turned up to wish him well and thank him for being an inspirational teacher. Barrie’s new novel is remarkable, a work that shows a novelist at the height of his ability. I was bowled over by the control and power of the prose. I can’t wait to read the whole thing.
There are more exciting events coming next year, including a reading of Holophin by Luke Kennard, who will be joined by Tom Chivers of brilliant independent press Penned in the Margins. We are also welcoming an literary agent, and looking forward to the York Literature Festival, where we’ll get to see Germaine Greer, Nicholas Royle, Alison Moore, Emily Berry, Helen Mort, Rebecca Goss (to name only a few).