Christmas and Tea
Published on Thursday 4 November 2010
One of the stranger aspects of being a publisher is that part of one’s brain is working about six months ahead of real time, thinking about future publications and their deadlines. Hence this summer was spent sitting outside among honey bees and climbing roses, proof-reading poems about icicles, snow-drifts and magical wintry moments in readiness for this year’s Christmas poetry pamphlet with Carol Ann Duffy, The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume Two). Once again, her choice of poems and introduction to them, are second to none. Candlestick Press will be publishing a pamphlet in collaboration with Carol Ann Duffy for each Christmas that she is Poet Laureate, an office she holds for ten years. We look forward to organizing readings to launch this year’s The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume Two). Watch this space!
Meanwhile and fittingly – a lot of tea was consumed in the process of proof-reading the first pamphlet for 2011, Ten Poems about Tea (due out in February with an introduction by Sophie Dahl). This pamphlet was the brain-child of the Picador poet Lorraine Mariner who works at the Poetry Library on the South Bank, London and who has been quietly collecting poems about tea over recent years. We are indebted to her for such a brilliant idea.
Published on Monday 27 February 2017
Hot off the press is this haunting and intriguing anthology of poems selected by Mahendra Solanki. There are poems that evoke “the daily furniture of our lives” and others that echo with the memories of a childhood spent far away. The bewitching cover image created especially for Candlestick by Sarah Kirby evokes Yeats’s famous poem […]
Published on Monday 16 January 2017
This latest pamphlet is an exciting addition to our successful series of titles featuring poems from the various countries of our little archipelago. We commissioned one of the most important poets writing in Ireland today – Paula Meehan – to select ten poems that would encompass and encapsulate the country where she lives and writes. […]
Published on Monday 19 September 2016
The pamphlet so many people have been asking for is here – Ten Poems about Friendship has arrived at last! This insightful selection of ten funny, poignant and refreshingly honest poems deals with the reality of friendship in all its forms. From childhood alliances at school through the angst of teenage years into companionship and […]
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