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The Water Thief and the Manatee Cold Iron

Festival launches

As well as all the excitements of the festival itself - Words, Music & Oddities - IRON in the Soul, the Third IRON Press Festival saw very special launch events for two very special new books!

First, on the afternoon of June 10th, came the launch of a modern fable by Kitty Fitzgerald, a highly readable short book which is also a political, ecological and cultural fable.

In The Water Thief and the Manatee a young girl and her father on a small island are confronted with the reality and cruelty of global market forces when the local well and water supply are annexed. For support they call upon the mythical powers of the manatee.

The book is illustrated by Easington based artist Nicola Balfour.

There then followed a unique launch for what we feel is a unique book, Cold IRON: 21st Century Ghost Stories. The event took place at midnight on Saturday June 10th in the magnificent St. George's Church, perched on the Cullercoats clifftops - with live organ music to enhance the atmosphere.

Editors Peter Mortimer and Eileen Jones during six months broke off from reading submissions only for toilet breaks and quick snatches of sleep. Their eclectic mix of chosen new ghost stories finds ghosts at supermarket check-outs, on late night buses, in cancer wards, with TV installation men, on film sets and alongside council motor mowers - to mention only a few; a 21st century slant on this most traditional of short story forms.

The Northumborman by Fred Reed CONNECTOMICS by Alison Calder Cornershop Cowgirl by Alison Carr


The Northumborman by Fred Reed

Fred Reed died in 1985 leaving a rich legacy of his native Northumbrian verse. Since his death his reputation has grown. He's been called 'the English Burns', and his work has been compared to that of MacDiarmid.

Here, the poetry - with its fiercely optimistic heartbeat in contrast to much of modern poetry's fashionable bleakness - is collected in one volume for the first time, with a foreword by Melvyn Bragg

Publication details for The Northumborman

CONNECTOMICS by Alison Calder

The new collection from Winnipeg poet Alison Calder are subtitled 'poems of the brain'. They bring together art and neuroscience in a highly unusual way. As Professor Raymond Tallis says in his foreword;

The wonderfully articulated, poised, often epigrammatic poems in Alison Calder's CONNECTOMICS - picking up glints from the cutting edge of neuroscience - are so beguiling. She asks us to look at our brains (and implicitly ourselves and our lives, our forgotten and remembered pasts) through the lens of bioscience refracted in turn through the mind of the poet. They are playful, witty, wry and often poignant.

More about CONNECTOMICS by Alison Calder including how to buy a copy!

Cornershop Cowgirl by Alison Carr

Alison Carr's unusual collection links the culture of the USA's wild west with the post-industrial blight of the contemporary North East of England, especially Teesside.

This unique amalgam of cultural and social references produces a diverse mix of poetry from a distinctive new voice.

Reach for the Sky

Blood stone canyon
Red sand
Reflecting hot the sun
The sliver of snake skin in the dust, Survival.

Even the Charity shops have shut.

More about Cornershop Cowgirl

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