C+nto & Othered Poems BookRegular price £10.99 Sale price £9.89
‘Visionary and powerful. I loved it.’ Hollie McNish
The female body is a political space.
C+nto enters the private lives of women from the butch counterculture, telling the inside story of the protests they led in the ‘90s to reclaim their bodies as their own – their difficult balance between survival and self-expression. History, magic, rebellion, party and sermon vibrate through Joelle Taylor’s cantos to uncover these underground communities forged by women.
Part-memoir and part-conjecture, Taylor explores sexuality and gender in poetry that is lyrical, expansive, imagistic, epic and intimate. C+nto is a love poem, a riot, a late night, and an honouring.
Fat and Queer - An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives BookRegular price £14.99 Sale price £13.49
We're here. We're queer. We're fat.
This one-of-a-kind collection of prose and poetry radically explores the intersection of fat and queer identities, showcasing new, emerging and established queer and trans writers from around the world.
Celebrating fat and queer bodies and lives, this book challenges negative and damaging representations of queer and fat bodies and offers readers ways to reclaim their bodies, providing stories of support, inspiration and empowerment.
In writing that is intimate, luminous and emotionally raw, this anthology is a testament to the diversity and power of fat queer voices and experiences, and they deserve to be heard.
'A beautifully written collection of stories, poems, pieces that does so much more than just celebrate different bodies, this book poetically and stoically lays claim to the space that we've been told to avoid at all costs. This book is an exploration of the freedoms and reclaimed joys that feel as if they were stolen from us. Important stuff!'
'Fat and Queer introduces a new generation of writers creating intersectional fat culture. It is a fine feast of life stories and poems exploring fat, sexuality, race and gender. As someone who has spent their life nurturing a movement of fat queers and trans people, I can't express how satisfying it is to see the work grow and bloom.'
Dr Charlotte Cooper, Psychotherapist, Author Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement, Fat & Proud: The Politics of Size and Obesity Timebomb
'Reading "Fat and Queer" was a breath of fresh air for me. So many stories truly touched my heart and made me reflect on my own experiences. These stories were written with so much honesty and depth, the whole book was a joy to read.'
'Fat & Queer presents readers with a vibrant collection of diverse, often-silenced voices that speak to the extraordinary resilience and tenacity that allows these writers to thrive in a world that rarely celebrates or affirms their identities. A necessary addition to an ever-expanding literature of the body and the new queer canon.'
Amy Long, author of Codependence and winner of the 2018 CSU Poetry Center Essay Collection Competition
|Author||Miguel M. Morales, Bruce Owens Grimm & Tiff Ferentini
Manatomy BookRegular price £9.99 Sale price £8.99
Manatomy is a collection of wry, witty and cheeky poems exploring how nature, nurture, pop culture, prejudice and politics shape the identity of camp gay man James McDermott.
Structured in three parts Boy, Youth and Man Manatomy interrogates how the experiences of growing up gay in a homophobic world and in rural millennial England affect a gay mans relationships with himself, his partners, the LGBTQ+ community and the wider world.
'Simply magnificent. You don't have to have grown up gay to appreciate this poetry but it will have a special charge, beauty and meaning for those of us who have'
'McDermott's debut delivers us his heart, terrors and triumphs. An honest and direct account of growing up gay on the very edges of England'
'Hilarious and honest, Manatomy will help you understand gay life, love and sex better. It certainly helped me...'
Not Me BookRegular price £11.99 Sale price £10.79
Listen, I have been educated.I have learned about Western Civilisation.
Do you know what the message of Western Civilisation is?
I am alone.
This breakthrough volume, published in 1991 by the author of Cool For You and Chelsea Girls captures the high points of Myles'swork in New York City during the 1980s.
Poet, novelist, lesbian culture hero and one-time presidential candidate, Myles has influenced a whole generation of young queer girl writers and activists.
She is one of the most brilliant, incisive, immediate writers living today.
Poems from a Melancholic Panda BookRegular price £10.99 Sale price £9.89
Kolin Richmond-Hughes's first collection of poems concerns itself with cats, loss, the environment, gender issues and melancholy. He found that writing poetry was a vehicle to channel his anxieties and observations of his personal and external world.
Brought up in the North West of England, he writes about his own battles with depression and about sexual identity...through a raw and sometimes witty narrative. He is an inclusionist poet who strives to bring the reader into his melancholic but hopefully light-hearted world.
Poems from a Melancholic Panda is the alter ego inner narrative that gives a voice to these original verses. It's a queer poetry book comprising of 55 poems, on the themes of gender issues, loss, the environment and cats. The main purpose of the author’s poems is to remember queer people with no legacy. Through his poems, the author tried to include the readers into his melancholic world.
A percentage of the poems are written from first had accounts of what gay friends have gone through, some are tongue in cheek and "Sackville Park" is an acknowledgment to Manchester's drag queens, who in some cases no longer with us.
Author: Kolin Richmond-Hughes
Reckless Paper Birds BookRegular price £9.99 Sale price £8.99
Shortlisted for the Costa 2019 Poetry Award.
Winner of the 2020 Hawthornden Prize.
Surreal, joyful, political and queer, Reckless Paper Birds is a collection to treasure by Polari Prize-winning poet John McCullough.
These exuberant poems welcome you into a psychedelic, parallel world of vomit and blossom where Kate Bush mingles with a weeping Lady Gaga, a fractal coast full of see-through things: water, mirrors, glass pebbles.
With a magpie's eye for hidden charms, McCullough ranges across birdlife, Grindr and My Little Pony while also addressing social issues from homelessness to homophobia.
Redwood and Ponytail BookRegular price £12.99 Sale price £11.69
Reading level - 12 to 18 years.
2020 Rainbow Booklist Title
NCTE 2020 Notable Poetry Book
ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings
Stung with Love - Poems and Fragments of Sappho BookRegular price £8.99
More or less 150 years after Homer's Iliad, Sappho lived on the island of Lesbos, west off the coast of what is present Turkey.
Little remains today of her writings, which are said to have filled nine papyrus rolls in the great library at Alexandria some 500 years after her death.
The surviving texts consist of a lamentably small and fragmented body of lyric poetry - among them poems of invocation, desire, spite, celebration, resignation and remembrance - that nevertheless enables us to hear the living voice of the poet Plato called the tenth Muse.
This is a new translation of her surviving poetry.
Sappho was born sometime between 630 and 617 BCE and died around 570. Little of certainty is known about her life. A native of the island of Lesbos, she resided in its largest city, Mytilene. She composed songs for choral and solo performance on a wide range of themes but is best known for amatory songs focusing on adolescent females. She is renowned as the first woman poet in literary history, and her songs have been universally admired throughout antiquity and modernity.
The Black Flamingo BookRegular price £7.99 Sale price £7.19
Reading level - 12 to 16 years.
"Intensely moving and heart-warming" Cosmo
"I loved every word" Malorie Blackman
This is not about being ready, it's not even about being fierce, or fearless, IT'S ABOUT BEING FREE.
Michael waits in the stage wings, wearing a pink wig, pink fluffy coat and black heels.
One more step will see him illuminated by spotlight.
He has been on a journey of bravery to get here, and he is almost ready to show himself to the world in bold colours ...
Can he emerge as The Black Flamingo?
WINNER OF THE STONEWALL BOOK AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK BOOK PRIZE
*The paperback edition has beautiful gold foil added to the striking cover design*
The New Testament BookRegular price £10.99 Sale price £9.89
Jericho Brown’s The New Testament is a devastating meditation on race, sexuality and contemporary American society by one of the most important voices in US poetry, and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
‘To read Jericho Brown’s poems is to encounter devastating genius.’ – Claudia Rankine.
In poems of immense clarity, lyricism and skill, Brown shows us a world where disease runs through the body, violence runs through the neighbourhood, and trauma runs through generations. Here Brown makes brilliant and subversive use of Bible stories to address the gay experience from both a personal and a political perspective. By refusing to sacrifice nuance, no matter how charged and urgent his subject, Brown is one of the handful of contemporary poets who have found a speech adequate to the complex times in which we live, and a way to express an equivocal hope for the future.
The New Testament was winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence.
Dazzling verse on masculinity and race, steeped in the language of the Bible and addressing sexuality and violence, this is a striking and inspiring collection . . . His poems reveal an unwavering belief in the power of language to redeem us from the wreckage of history and contemporary conflict, one that is contagious and might even give us all a reason for hope. ― Guardian
To read Jericho Brown's poems is to encounter devastating genius. -- Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen and Macarthur Genius Award winner
In his second collection, The New Testament,Brown treats disease and love and lust between men, with a gentle touch, returning again and again to the stories of the Bible, which confirm or dispute his vision of real life. 'Every last word is contagious, ' he writes, awake to all the implications of that phrase. There is plenty of guiltsurvivor s guilt, sinner s guiltand ever-present death, but also the joy of survival and sin. And not everyone has the chutzpah to rewrite The Good Book. ― NPR
Erotic and grief-stricken, ministerial and playful, Brown offers his reader a journey unlike any other in contemporary poetry. ― Rain Taxi
Some folks write poems, Jericho Brown writes gospel. -- Danez Smif, author of Don't Call Us Dead
Wain - LGBT Reimaginings of Scottish Folktales BookRegular price £12.00 Sale price £10.80
Reading level - 13 to 18 years.
Wain is a collection of LGBT themed poetry for teens based on retellings of Scottish myths. The collection contains stories about kelpies, selkies, and the Loch Ness Monster, alongside perhaps lesser-known mythical people and creatures, such as wulvers, Ghillie Dhu, and the Cat Sìth. These poems immerse readers in an enriching, diverse and enchanting vision of contemporary life.
The poems in this collection are fun, surprising, and full of a magical mix of myth and contemporary LGBT themes- it is a perfect read for teens who are learning more about themselves, other people, and the world around them. Wain is fully illustrated, and aimed at teenagers.
Rachel Plummer was commissioned by LGBT Youth Scotland to write the collection, and the commission was funded by Creative Scotland. The book is accessible to all readers, Scottish and not it comes with a glossary, which explains more about the myths in the poems. There is also a section of writing exercises to encourage young readers to write their own poems, inspired by the book.
"Plummer's message of supportive positivity and self-affirmation through legend and myth reassures any young reader that there are so many shades of being -- that it is important, though often hard, to be who you are or want to be, not what others demand or expect to you be. [...] These poems are a deeply humane and necessary way of rehabilitating the old with the new and I wish as a child I'd had access to such resources as the poems and paintings in Wain." Richie McCaffery, Poetry School
"Rachel Plummer's Wain represents an ideal project in the field of children's/YA literature whose aim is to make the queer community feel like a welcomed and valid part of society, as it manages to harness and combine the educational power of folktales and the possibility of inclusive heritage. Though it is primarily targeting Scottish families, the fact itself that it is grounded in mythology gives it potential to appeal to readers all over the world. As such, Wain does not only fulfil the manifesto of LGBT Youth Scotland, but goes beyond it, helping not only Scotland, but the world be the best place to grow up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people." Tereza Walsbergerová, Re: Views Magazine
We Were Always Here - A Queer Words Anthology BookRegular price £8.99 Sale price £8.09
From drag queens and discos, to black holes and monsters, these stories and poems wrestle with love and loneliness and the fight to be seen.
By turns serious and fantastical, hilarious and confrontational, We Were Always Here addresses the fears, mysteries, wonders and variety of experience that binds our community together.
We Were Always Here is a snapshot of current Scottish LGBTI+ writing and a showcase of queer talent.
|Author||Ryan Vance & Michael Lee Richardson