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The Albion Beatnik Press

Recently published are two collections of short stories. Black Milk by Olivia Stewart Liberty and Ode to Jouissance by Dan Holloway, each £4 retail.

0001YrBlack Milk is a collection of related five short stories about a twelve-year-old child and her view of the world, largely shaped by, and rebelling against, her narcissistic mother. 71pp, B format paperback, £4. Further details…
Olivia Stewart Liberty is an Oxford-based writer who has written for The Spectator, Independent and many other newspapers. Her first novel, Falling, was published by Atlantic in 2007 (Independent: ‘luminous’; The Times: ‘funny and moving’). After co-authoring The Return of the Sloane Ranger with Peter York she took a break from writing to set up the Bath-based front door painting business, Full Frontal. The work was more demanding than she expected so she came back to writing. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. This is her first collection of short stories.

Ode to Jouissance contains three short stories that explore nostalgia and eroticism in the fragments of modern Europe. 54pp, B format paperback, £4. From the youthful Ilke,0001Zcthrough the middle-aged Ignacio to the elderly Catherin, these stories weave together to form a tapestry of desire that grows stronger and more fulfilled with age. A gentle but insistent theme of hope amidst the ruins builds to a heartbreaking but uplifting crescendo, with echoes of Kundera and Murakami. Further details…
Dan Holloway is an Oxford based writer, publisher, poet and performance poet, curator of the performing troupe the New Libertines, and Oxford’s Not the Literary Festival. His alt novel The Man Who Painted Agnieszka’s Shoes earned him a place on Mashable’s list of the top 100 writers on Twitter; his dark thriller The Company of Fellows was voted the ‘favourite Oxford novel’ by Blackwell’s Bookshop readers.

 Ghost Notes is an anthology of poems to celebrate All Hallows, edited by Jenny Lewis and Dennis Harrison, and produced after a poetry day workshop led by Mimi Khalvati, and an evening poetry reading led by Mimi, Alison Brackenbury, Claire Crowther and Lee Jing-Jing, with members of The Poets’ House, 31st October 2015. £4.

When LifeThe Albion Beatnik Poetry Press is run by Lucie Forejtova of Immaginacija, an artisan brand of bespoke stationery for every day use, with Dennis Harrison of the Albion Beatnik Bookstore. It believes in the power of the written word, in the crooked line before an inkjet, a smudge before a spellcheck, a pantry before a freezer; above all it believes in the power of the book before a download.

It is a poetry press and produces limited artisan editions that are designed in-house and hand stitched, Coptic bound. The first book published was When Life Looks Like Easy Street by Oxford-based poet George Roberts. The book is 96 pages, contains 47 poems and is George’s first collection. £12.

George Roberts was born in Philadelphia, USA in 1953 into a Navy and then Foreign Service family. He went to ten schools and eventually four universities, and as a consequence (and penance) he lectures now in educational development at Oxford Brookes University. From 1974 to 1987 he worked as a chef, while getting a BA and subsequently masters degree from Oxford University in English language. He got a second masters degree in education from the Open University in 2001 and a PhD on adult community learning from Southampton University in 2011. He was a community education tutor from 1987 to 1989 before becoming a training materials editor and subsequently training consultant in the international energy industry from 1989 to 2000, travelling to Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Russia and many other countries. He has lived in Oxford since 1983. He started writing poetry in school, inspired by William Carlos Williams and e e cummings. Throughout his various jobs in various cities he always sought out and participated in local community poetry groups. He was Secretary to the Oxford University Poetry Society in 1985-86. His poems have appeared in small journals and for many years he focused on spoken word performance style poetry, most notably with Hammer and Tongue.

The Albion Beatnik Press does not request submissions.