Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Candlestick Press ~ A Feast of Poetry for Christmas and the New Year


Two anthologies of brand new poems by leading contemporary poets mark an exciting first for Candlestick Press and sit at the heart of its Christmas offering of six festive titles of both poetry and prose.



 

All published by Candlestick Press
October 2017, priced £4.95
My thanks to the publishers for my copies of these poetry pamphlets 

Christmas Garland and Christmas Crackers contain poems commissioned from major poets including this year’s TS Eliot Prize winner Jacob Polley, New Generation Poets Tara Bergin and Helen Mort, Oxford Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage, former Ireland Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan and Queen’s Gold Medal winner John Agard. Each poet has responded with characteristic verve and originality to Candlestick’s invitation to write a poem in celebration of a particular aspect of Christmas.



Candlestick’s poetry title for children is Christmas Stocking edited by poet and grandfather George Szirtes. The title is enchantingly illustrated throughout by David&Rews and features five magical poems; there’s one about the traditional pantomime trip and another about a first uncertain meeting with Santa – plus a beautiful new poem by George himself.

Purchase of Christmas Stocking ensures a donation to UNICEF




Fourteen Festive Sonnets, edited by poet James Nash completes Candlestick’s Christmas Collection. This sumptuous selection of sonnets old and new offers a kaleidoscope of reflections on the festive season. The poems invite us to reflect on the chilly beauty of winter and the lovely blaze of Christmas at its heart.

Purchase of Fourteen Festive Sonnets ensures a donation to Samaritans


My thoughts...

It's no secret of my love for these sumptuous editions published by Candlestick press and this Christmas collection is particularly lovely with some wonderful poems by poets old and new. In each of the pamphlets there is something rather special. Poems to make to you smile and remember Christmas past, poems which make you look forward to Christmas present, and always with a hint of memory and a sense of surprise.

The pamphlets are always beautifully presented and printed with wonderful covers and include a perfectly appropriate book mark. They make perfect little gifts to tuck into a Christmas stocking or to send to a friend instead of a card.



Candlestick Press is a small, independent press publishing sumptuously produced poetry pamphlets that serve as a wonderful alternative to a greetings card, with matching envelopes and bookmarks left blank for your message. Their subjects include Cricket, London, Puddings, Birds, Kindness, Home, Grandparents, Mothers and Fathers. Candlestick Press pamphlets are stocked by chain and independent bookshops, galleries and garden centres nationwide and available to order online.

Find out more by visiting their website 

Follow on Twitter @PoetryCandle




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