WELCOME TO ROCKINGHAM PRESS
• THE NEW BIOGRAPHY OF ROCKINGHAM POET, LOTTE MOOS. Available now -- see below.
• EXCITING NEW POETRY COLLECTIONS -- from Lotte Kramer, John Godfrey, Danielle Hope, Jane Kirwan, Seán Street and Mahmud Kianush. Available now.
• A NEW LOCAL BOOK -- A New History of Ware: its People and its Buildings by David Perman. Available now.
• WARE POETS PROGRAMME SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2012
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For many of her 98 years, Lotte Moos was a refugee. She fled Hitler's Germany in 1933, settled precariously in London but then continued her search for a home in Moscow and the USA. Back in Britain in 1939, she was arrested by MI5, accused of being a Stalinist agent, and locked away in Holloway Prison. When she was completely free, she wrote anti-Nazi stories for a British government newspaper, then plays - one of which was performed at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith - and eventually poetry. She and her husband, the economist Siegi Moos, became members of the Hackney Writers Workshop and in the 1980s Lotte became a star on the radical, anti-Thatcher, poetry scene. She was featured as a 'feminist' poet in the 1987 anthology, the new british poetry.
David Perman, a friend and publisher of her Collected Poems, tells the story of this fascinating woman and writer -- from her birth in the Kaiser's Germany to her death in 2008.
Published by GRENDEL PUBLISHING in association with Rockingham Press
ISBN 978-0-9566570-1-5 -- Paperback, 224 pages with photographs, £9.99
NEW POETRY TITLES
LOTTE KRAMER was born in Mainz, Germany, and came to England in the 1939 children's transport. She is married and lives in Peterborough, where until recently she was a vollunteer at the city museum. Her poems and translations of German poets have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. She has published thirteen collections of her poems, including books in German and Japanese, and a collection of her 'Kindertransport' poems was published by the University of Sussex. Now her New and Collected Poems is published and enthusiastically reviewed in all the main poetry magazines.
ISBN 978-1-904851-43-1 -- Paperback, 398 pages, £9.99
JOHN GODFREY is a former railway ma nager and The Man on Crewe Station is his first full collection. But his poems have won numerous prizes and appeared in many competition anthologies and various magazines.
"John Godfrey's poems never let you down," writes Frances Wilson. "They don't let you down. Evey word,every image has been picked with care (check his verbs) and the rhythms have been fine-tuned (like a good motorbike) so that reading them is a pleasure, and feels effortless. And never dull -- John Godfrey is as rivetting when he is writing about his mother sewing his shirts, or considering American as a foreign language, as he is when writing about boys flattening coins on a railway line. He is frequently funny and often touching. It is not surprising that so many of these poems have won prizes -- they are prize-winning poems."
ISBN 978-1-904851-40-0 -- Paperback, 80 pages, £8.99
Second Exile is an unusual documentary in both prose and poetry about life in Czechoslovakia -- under the Communists and since. It combines the story of ALES MACHACEK, who was a dissident and political prisoner, with the poetic commentary of his partner, JANE KIRWAN. Carol Rumens has written about the book: "Aleš Macháek's memoir, with its fast-moving, clipped, laconic prose-style, is complemented by Jane Kirwan's focussed, sensuous poems meditating on events in her partner's narrative and exploring stories of her own. With its personal and historical resonance, Second Exile is an invaluable record of some of the most significant and chilling events of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries."
ISBN 978-1-904851-37-0 -- Paperback, 64 pages, £8.99
Giraffe under a Grey Sky is DANIELLE HOPE's fourth collection of poetry and her first new volume for over five years. In it we encounter a new character – Mrs Uomo – who muddles through modern urban society – dealing with health care bureaucracy and the Hadron Collider, then finds herself corrupted by a game of monopoly. There are new poems delving social, imaginative, natural and personal worlds – in turns serious and comic – including the workings of the heart, a world ruled by buttercups, grief, and a sequence on the Potter’s Bar rail crash. “Danielle Hope shares with William Carlos Williams a gift for observation; with Dannie Abse a lyricism and satirical edge; and with Chekhov a compassion manifesting itself in elegies and political poems borne out of long acquaintance with suffering," wrote John O’Donoghue in Poetry Express. Danielle Hope edited Zenos a magazine of British and international poetry, was a trustee of Survivor’s Poetry and is currently advisory editor of Acumen. She was born in Lancashire, now lives in London where she also works as a doctor.
ISBN 978-1-904851-34-9 -- Paperback, 64 pages, £7.99
SEAN STREET is a poet, broadcaster, writer and academic. He continues to make feature programmes for BBC Radios 3 and 4, has recently published two ground-breaking histories of radio in the UK and is Professor and Director of the Centre for Broadcasting History Research at Bournemouth University. He has also written extensively for the theatre. His play, Honest John based on the life of John Clare won the 1993 Central Television Drama Award for new writing. Time Between Tides, his seventh poetry collection, brings together new poems, written since Radio and Other Poems appeared in 1999, and his selection from six previous books. The new poems embrace (not always reverentially) travel, landscape, literary history and film and include a sequence, entitled The Broadcast based on CBC’s Fisheries Broadcast – “possibly the longest-running program in North American radio history”. “I found myself reading The Broadcast as a realistic and moving metaphor for the role language plays in the world at large, and in particular for the role poetic language can play in survival ...” Anne Cluysenaar, Scintilla. “The quiet control remains, the perceptive sharpness finds new layers.” John Powell Ward (author, The English Line)
ISBN 978-1-904851-33-2 -- Paperback, 108 pages, £7.99
MAHMUD KIANUSH is an Iranian poet, novelist and literary critic, who has lived in Britain with his family since 1976. He was the editor and translator of the widely acclaimed anthbology, Modern Persian Poetry (Rockingham Press, 1996). Since then Rockingham has published translations of his own poetry, published originally in Farsi, and two collections of his poems written originally in English. The Songs of Man is the third collection of his English poems.
ISBN 978-1-904851-45-5-- Paperback, 92 pages, £9.99
EW LOCAL HISTORY
DAVID PERMAN'S New History of Ware : its People and its Buildings has been long awaited from this well-known local historian. It tells the story of this small Hertfordshire town from the Middle Stone Age, through the Iron Age and the Roman town which grew up where Ermine Street crossed the River Lea, to the Saxon and Medieval towns and into the present. Particular jewels in Ware's history shine out -- the reign of Richard II and his mother, Joan of Kent; the Tudor inns which lined one side of the High Street and the Great Bed of Ware, located in more than one of them; the malting industry, which saw Ware Brown Malt having its own price on the London market; the gossips, characters and disputes of the Victorian town; and the modern industries in pharmaceuticals and rail engineering. It is a new history, because never before has the story of Ware been told in a proper narrative, using archaeological research, ancient documents and the study of timber-framed buildings.
Hardback with coloured jacket -- 312pp, illustrated including 4pp in colour -- £19.99
ON OTHER PAGES YOU WILL FIND ...
---- Rockingham books about Hertfordshire history as well as the books we distribute for Ware Museum and the Ware Society -- see Hertfordshire History.
---- the complete list of Rockingham books in print -- see Stocklist;
---- how to order Rockingham books -- see How to Order;
---- the monthly programme of Ware Poets as well as details of competitions -- see Ware Poetry;
---- the new page of our publisher celebrating Highbury County Grammar School 1923-67 -- Highbury.
OTHER POETRY SITES WE ARE GLAD TO RECOMMEND:
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The new website for Acumen: http://www.acumen-poetry.co.uk/
Last modified: 11 November 2012