Tag Archives: Gillian Jack

I’ve missed you. I’ve missed you a lot.

1 Apr


You’ve not heard from me in a while, and for that I am truly sorry.  As some of you will know I separated from my husband at the beginning of the year, and the silence has been generally through moving home, being incapacitated with emotional pain, and having no internet connection.  But all three are pretty much sorted now!  I have been busy though so here is a list of Stuff What I Have Done.

  1. I have a smashing new flat in Comely Bank, and found out there are some smashing writers living near-by.  I’m going to be setting up a wee informal group which people can attend for a bit of a chat about writing and tea and cake.  If you’re in the area, or around (I’m not too fussy on geography) and your interested send me a message.
  2. I have got a poem in Under the Radar.  Which I am very pleased about.  It’s a great magazine to get in.  They had rejected me once before but told me to re-submit, so it just goes to show it’s worth trying more than once.
  3. The erotic anthology I am in Bedtime Stories 2 has been published.  I’ll hopefully be getting my copy next week, and will blog more about it then.
  4. I’m also in the Small Stones project anthology Pay Attentions:  A River of Stones, in lovely hard, paperback and download.
  5. I attended the This Collection Friendly Slam.  My aim was to get through to round two and I was successful.  Both Andy Philip and Russell Jones have blogged about the slam and I think they can do it better justice than me.  All I can say is that I’m really pleased to see how Scottish poets are taking something that didn’t necessarily fit well with the prevailing culture and are being creative and adaptive with it.
  6. I went to hear poet Jacq Kelly read.  I’m always nervous when I hear people I know read for the first time, but pleasantly I didn’t have to lie about how much I enjoyed it.
  7. I have also guest blogged at Burdz Eye View, although this is mainly about breasts.
  8. I have suffered from hypergaphia and have written most of a second pamphlet in the last month.  The only down side of this amazing amount of energy is my brain sometimes breaks down and has a migraine.
  9. I had Bibliotherpay book art style and it was utterly brilliant.  I would recommend you catch this woman and get her to write you a prescription.
  10. I went to the Literature Salon and meet some new people.
  11. Gillian and I are planning to move again with Marvelou – I know we’re being very tardy – and spend a whole day binding, probably here.
  12. I may have identified some new work for Marvelou.
  13. I’ve had a breakthrough with my writing, which is just amazing – not sure if this is the cause or the effect of the hypergraphia.
  14. And I may have more exciting news to come soon…

Not bad for a month and a half.


A press is being concieved

12 May

Sometimes I wonder if my constant need to be doing something and the feeling of malaise I get when “there’s nothing interesting going on” is actually yet another character flaw.  The result of my latest bout of “why is nothing interesting happening-itis” has resulted in my cousin and I intending to set up a small press.

Small presses are generally called so because (and I have not done a thorough jobs of researching here) they have annual sales below the $50m mark.  Now, we’re not really planning on aiming at $50m, in fact I think covering the cost of materials will be a great bonus.  Due to much limited free time we are planning an incredibly small run of 10-20 limited edition hand bound book.  So perhaps micro-press or atom-press might be a more apt term to use.

When I first started out seriously in the poetry community my main ambition was on publication, and in many ways it still is.  However, becoming part of the poetry scene meant that I started meeting a lot of people who not only wrote but actually created some beautiful books and pamphlets.  I started to understand that there is a serious art to creating a hand bound book, and luckily, I happen to be related to someone who can do it.

So often though the binding of a book is created in response to it’s contents.  Our first run is going to experiment with the idea of creating the writing in response to the materials which the book is made from.  My cousin, the lovely and talented Gillian Jack is currently in London and shall be looking at some very exciting paper.  Of course there are still a lot of mundane details to work out, but the great thing is, as it’s our press, we can work to our own timescales and around our commitments.

And the name you ask?  You’ll be the first to know…

This week I have been reading back issues of PN Review which my brother picked up for me from Word Power Books in Edinburgh.