Shimmering Surface, Radical Depth
I’ll be on Soho Radio today (Monday 17 August) with poets, A.K Blakemore and Emily S. Cooper for a ‘Makina Books takeover’ of the brilliant Rough Trade Books Irregulars show. We’ll be talking about short poems, dentistry, Selling Sunset, solitude as well as their upcoming poetry books; Shia LaBeouf and Blakemore’s forthcoming debut novel, The Manningtree Witches (Granta, 2021) as well as Emily S. Cooper’s Glass (Makina Books, 2021). There are new readings by; Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal, Rebecca Tamás, Alanna McArdle & Middex. It’s all happening at 2pm and you can listen to it here if you want to!
Shimmering Surface, Radical Depth
Rosalind Blake , ‘Untitled (Mink Trap Series)’, cyanotype, 2020
We are so excited that MAP have commissioned a series of responses to our forthcoming title, Strangers by Rebecca Tamás. The first is by Rosalind Blake, an artist and academic based in North Uist in the Outer Hebridesis. You can read Rosalind’s response here.
On Panpsychism – short film
You can listen to Rebecca Tamás reading an extract from On Panpsychism – one of seven new essays in Strangers in this short film here.
A. K Blakemore – Shia LaBeouf
‘some poetry just slips into the accidental realm of the iconic, where language refracts and dazzles’
– Maria Sledmere, SPAM
A.K. Blakemore’s latest collection Shia LaBeouf will be published in just three weeks! Stay tuned for the launch event. The book was recently the subject of an amazing review by Maria Sledmere in SPAM which I urge you to read and has received coverage in TLS, Hotel and Would Bee Poet. You can pre-order the book with free postage and a bookmark, here.
‘Carlyle’s photographic encounters are clear evidence that wild nature is rare and seldom untouched by our presence. Nature can be a source of comfort and delight but it never stands still and it always fights back.’ – Photomonitor
Angus Carlyle’s stunning bookwork Night Blooms was recently reviewed alongside the work of Fleur Olby in Photomonitor. You can read the essay by Anneka French here and grab one of the final copies of Night Blooms here.
‘Pointillist zooms, far-echoing found sounds, mysterious and charged photographic images: Night Blooms is a force field that seduces and singes.’
— Sukhdev Sandhu, author of Night Haunts
Strangers: Essays on the Human and Nonhuman
‘A fascinating, lyrical exploration of the eco-political, from human and non-human bodies to landscapes. Tamás’ essays are deeply rooted in folklore and the fragility of existence. A stunning work of enquiry and eloquence.’
– Sinéad Gleeson
‘Bursting with intellectual generosity. Deep wide roots and radical shoots.’
– Max Porter
‘Strangers is an extraordinary, essential book. Both quiet and loud. Strange yet explicit.’
– Sara Baume
‘exciting and clear-eyed’
– Melissa Harrison
‘Erudite yet intimate, moving yet fierce, her hungry exploration of the world – occurring at the porous boundary between literary forms – made me rethink what it means to be humane.’Pre-order Strangers by Rebecca Tamás with 20% off and free UK postage
– Olivia Sudjic
In Strangers, Rebecca Tamás explores where the human and nonhuman meet, and why this delicate connection just might be the most important relationship of our times. From ‘On Watermelon’ to ‘On Grief’, Tamás’s essays are exhilarating to read in their radical and original exploration of the links between the environmental, the political, the folkloric and the historical. From thinking stones, to fairgrounds, from colliding planets to transformative cockroaches, Tamás’s lyrical perspective takes the reader on a journey between body, land and spirit—exploring a new ecological vision for our fractured, fragile world.
On Watermelon • On Hospitality • On Panpscychism • On Greenness • On Pain • On Grief • On Mystery
You can pre-order the book today in one of two limited edition options—both with free UK postage: a standard edition with 20% off the cover price and a bundle option (limited to the first 100 pre-orders) in a hand-stamped newsprint wrapper with a screen printed book bag and set of Strangers badges. Scroll down for more info. The book has been full-colour litho printed, with flapped covers and perfect-bound on uncoated Munken paper stock.
Rebecca Tamás’s poetry and criticism has been published widely. She is the co-editor of Spells: Occult Poetry for the 21st Century, with Sarah Shin, published by Ignota Books and her first poetry collection, WITCH was published by Penned in the Margins in 2019; to praise from the Poetry Book Society, the Guardian, Telegraph, Irish Times, TLS, White Review and The Paris Review. Rebecca is a lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University, where she co-curates The York Centre for Writing Poetry Series.
We have also produced a limited run of these screen printed organic heavy shopper bags, 58mm badge sets and hand-stamped newsprint-wrapped editions for the pre-order bundle. The bags are screen-printed on both sides with eco friendly water-based screen printing inks – they are 350mm wide x 320mm deep and have a long strap so you can carry it over your shoulder.
For booksellers, the ISBN is 9781916060890. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
with any PR queries.
There are five new A2 and A3 giclee prints up on the web shop; Kitchen, Garden, Lamp, Bowl and Jug. At least 20% from all sales will be donated to Black Minds Matter UK. Prints are produced on heavy Somerset textured paper and will be sent in a sturdy tube.August 20, 2020