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Articles, news and latest writings from alternative, original voices.

Readability & The Man Booker Prize

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Readability & The Man Booker Prize - Cheese and Chips

So the judges of the Man Booker prize 2014 have been announced, accompanied by a good old re-hash of the ‘readability’ argument unwittingly initiated by Dame Rimington in 2011. Is it ‘dumbing down’ to reward authors who write enjoyable books? Essentially, books are written to be read; just like any art form authors need to entertain and move their audience. But we already have a competition for the most readable books – bestseller lists. Let’s have a look what they show us. (more…)

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Exclusive excerpt from Vorrh 2 by B. Catling

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

OL LONGFELLAR, ADAM AND A PREVAILING BREEZE: AN EXTRACT FROM THE ERSTWHILE, VORRH 2

Execution techniques vary widely and cultural preferences do not always travel well. Such was the case in Essenwald. The twentieth century’s fashion for enclosing the act and making it clandestine and elitist was not well-receive d among the ancient tribes of the African continent. They wanted, demanded something more theatrical, lavish in its spectacle and democratically available to all. (more…)

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Selected Poems – Anne Champion

Monday, September 9th, 2013

We proudly present a selection of brilliant poetry by Anne Champion.

Read these hard-hitting beauties right here.

 

Anne Champion is the author of Reluctant Mistress, a poetry collection released by Gold Wake Press in 2013. Her work appears in Verse Daily, The Pinch, Cider Press Review, PANK Magazine, The Comstock Review, Poetry Quarterly, Line Zero, Thrush Poetry Journal and elsewhere.  She was a 2009 Academy of American Poets Prize recipient, a Pushcart Prize nominee and a St. Botolph Emerging Writer Grant nominee.  http://anne-champion.com

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From Untitled Chapbook – Katie Longofono and Mary Stone Dockery

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

We bring you an exclusive extract from a collaborative as-yet-untitled chapbook by the ultra-talented duo Katie Longofono and Mary Stone Dockery. (more…)

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The Independent Publishers’ Alliance

Friday, August 16th, 2013

The Independent Publishers’ Alliance was set up in 2013 by Honest Publishing, and quickly joined by Bluemoose Books, Pighog Press, Reality Street, Shearsman Books, Murder Slim Press, Etruscan Books and Unthank Books. The publishers in the alliance are proud to share the ethos of publishing original, innovative writing.

What do we stand for? We stand for true independent publishing and we aim to publish the best, and sometimes unheralded, talent from around the world.

Through combined marketing and promotion, the Independent Publishers’ Alliance aims to combine the reach of its members, ensuring their literature is accessible and known to all.

Keep an eye out for our titles at your local bookshop or library and help keep the spirit of the independent alive.

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Pepper the Yard with Light – Matthew Porubsky

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

We bring you a very exciting extract from Matthew Porubsky’s book-length poem Pepper the Yard with Light.

Read it here.

 

Matthew Porubsky lives in Topeka, Kansas and works as a freight conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad. He has four collections of poetry, voyeur poems, Fire Mobile (The Pregnancy Sonnets), Ruled by Pluto and John.  His poetry has been featured in RHINO, Quiditty, The Journal (UK), {HOOT} and elimae. Visit mppoetry.com for more info.

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Atavistic Elf – Meg Tuite

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

She was gamey, ossified in my being, with a tattoo of a cockroach on her right arm and bagpipes on her left. I sat across the cafe from her every morning and tried not to gouge out my eye from lust for her musk. She permeated my wail that I tucked under my wretched self so I wouldn’t have to flog myself at home again.

I was an unkempt skull she twirled by and nodded at. Someone like a flowerpot seen everyday and barely noticed. I hoped there were blooms that dripped like a rosary in my wake. (more…)

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The Vorrh: Extra Special Editions – B. Catling & Alan Moore Signed

Friday, August 9th, 2013

UPDATE: Sorry, folks – the super special edition (signed by both B. Catling and Alan Moore) has now SOLD OUT. Please see The Vorrh book page for the regular editions. For further queries, please email info@honestpublishing.com.

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We can. Honest Publishing would like to smugly announce that we have retained 30 (of 300) Special Editions of The Vorrh, signed and numbered by B. Catling himself, and to those Special Editions we have added the signature of…Mr Alan Moore. (more…)

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Selected Works – Pepe Arroyo

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Pepe Arroyo carving

back to the barter system

i finally put an ad up in The Pennysaver.
for months, i’ve been trying to come up with
a good company name and after much deliberation
finally settled on one. so, my ad read:
Metaphysical Heating + Air Conditioning,
Artistic Craftsmanship at Reasonable Prices.
Ask For Pepe. (626)390-7765

and yesterday i got my first call. the voice
on the other end, a woman’s, sounded sexy
and desperate. maybe it sounded sexy because
it sounded desperate. a hairdresser in Covina
complaining that her recently-installed a/c
ain’t cutting the mustard and wanted to know
if i can go by and take a gander at it. (more…)

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Braving the (new) New World

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

“If I’d learnt one thing from travelling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don’t talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”― Alex Garland, The Beach (more…)

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