Published on Thursday 25 November 2010
Although we don’t go in for the ‘Countdown to Christmas’ lark at the Candlestick Press, Christmas is making its gorgeous, spicy, toe-tingling presence felt, for all sorts of reasons. First, obviously, the sheer seasonal last-minute arrangements and excitement of making sure that our poetry pamphlets are in bookshops and ready for purchase from our website (they are going fast already…we have a feeling that this year’s The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume Two) will sell out before Christmas…and the rest are also selling like…er…hot mince pies). We have had a lovely write-up in the literary journal Slightly Foxed which you can read if you click here.
We also performed in a reading of Christmas poetry and stories at Thoresby Hall, with a backdrop of Lowdham’s chef Jackie Skinner demonstrating how to make a hearty Christmas soup, pie and, finally, pudding with brandy butter.
Yet as Carol Ann Duffy rightly says in her Introduction to this year’s Christmas pamphlet, Christmas and poetry are not just about festivity – “Poetry – like Christmas – reminds us why we should never stop caring about each other and the world”. We are very pleased to be making a donation to the British Red Cross this year, to support their work helping people in dire need around the world.
And meanwhile, to you and all of our readers, we wish a very happy Christmas.
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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