February 02, 2007

The Heaventree Press in Poetry Wales

Writing about web page http://www.poetrywales.co.uk/

See below this extract from Kathryn Gray on poetry and its publishers. Note that the David/Jonathan Morley confusion strikes once again.

“Not all poetry publishers want to tussle with the big boys or even make any money out of their enterprise. Coventry is the home of the Heaventree Press, a community publishing house headed my David Morley, Director of the Warwick Writing Programme at Warwick University and which includes Wales’ own Zoe Brigley as an associate editor. Heaventree clearly has an eye for talent; they published a sample of Jen Hadfield’s work in Heaventree New Poets 2 back in 2004. Hadfield is a highly respected young poet who has since brought out a first collection with Bloodaxe, Almanacs . There’s ever the danger that talents will move on to ever more ‘visible’ presses – it’s a problem which effects smaller and larger independents, as proven achievers are snapped up by others who may or may not eb able to promise them more.

“Nothing wrong with this is in principle; it’s all part and parcel of poetry’s ecosystem, is healthy and, above all, ensures a feel of creative continuity in the poetry world. It’s self-eveident, however, that it must be difficult to watch your new talent grow into their genius under the auspices of another. But, when you are free of these issues – being ‘not for profit’ and posessing clear creative’ aims’ rather than ‘personalities’ to justofy your existence – you can bring on important work that doesn’t tick teh boxes of fashion or, necessarily, easy accessibility. The press has recently published collectiosn by Jamaican Kei Miller and the young experimental poet Malgorzata Kitowski which come complete with endorsement from leading names.

“More crucially for their ‘visibility’, they’ve achieved something of a coup by getting established names Mario Petrucci and David Dabydeen on board too, offering ‘limited edition’ pamphlets of their work. With Arts Council funding secured, as well as a generous community publishing award, I’ll be watching with interest to see how their mission statement develops over the next few years.”


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  1. Kathryn

    Hi there – sorry about any confusion!

    Hope all is well with you and your writing, Zoe. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog

    Best wishes

    Kathryn Gray (with an a!)

    02 Feb 2007, 12:42

  2. David Morley

    Interesting article though!

    I imagine this kind of thing must be hard for Jonathan… A disambiguation is needed, as the Wikipedia calls it.

    That said, I ‘ve had people talk about Jon Morley as though they were stepping on eggshells – because they assume he is my son or brother or nephew.

    Our clan is many – and thousands are our caravans on the plains of Kadesh – but Jon Morley’s caravan is definitely a house without wheels, and his own.

    That said…

    ‘Sori simensa si mon’, which is Romany for, ‘We are many. All who are with us are ourselves’.

    Where does one stop and another begins?

    ‘Discuss’, as they say in these parts.

    02 Feb 2007, 14:30

  3. Thanks Kathryn. I have been following your writing in journals like Poetry Wales and The New Welsh Review. You have been writing some really interesting articles. I look forward to the next installment of this essay series that you are writing. Sorry about the ‘e’. Sometimes the fingers over-rule the brain while typing.

    05 Feb 2007, 08:11

  4. David, a disambiguation does indeed need to be made. I guess that one good thing about having a weird name like Brigley is that you are never confused with anyone else. I have often wondered whether I will keep my name if I marry? Brigley is a name that seems to be dying out, so maybe it is my responsibility to carry this great, lumbering weight of a name. Apparently it originally came from Ireland, Dublin.

    05 Feb 2007, 08:15

  5. By the way Kathryn, I am looking at your poem – I think that it’s called ‘Joyrider’ – with my class next week so any thoughts on the writing of that would be very useful!

    05 Feb 2007, 08:21

  6. Helen Thomas

    You’re lucky, Brigley. Try being a Thomas in Wales. At Christmas the butcher had to look through 16 pages of Thomases to find our turkey order.

    07 Feb 2007, 13:54

  7. Konstantin Tsolakis

    hello Zoe…
    I was at the Sarah Waters thingie last night (gig? event? reading? (she didn’t read…) fete?) and Maureen said there was a chance you would be there, but alas! I didn’t get to see you!
    It would be lovely to talk to you sometime! I live in London now, working as a journalist (freelance…)
    Hope all’s well!
    K

    08 Feb 2007, 09:58

  8. Helen, that is hilarious! But seriously, I think that you have a good name. Helen Thomas is bold, solid. But how are things in London anyway? How’s the job going?

    08 Feb 2007, 13:14

  9. Konstantin,

    I am amzed to hear from you. Maureen mentioned it today when I saw her at lunch. I really wanted to go to the Sarah Waters reading, but I have been down with the flu for the last week and so I have cancelled as much as possible. Where in London are you living and what kind of journalism are you working in?

    08 Feb 2007, 13:16

  10. Oscar

    Hi, my name is Oscar, I’m from México. While seeking for some pictures of my country in the web I found some of your pics. It’s nice to her about people interested on indigen cultures and prehispanic civilizations. About yoru pictures, one of them has a wrong fact, is from Monte Alban, the culture that used to live there was the Zapotec.. Well I would apreciate if you send me an answer back to my E-mail so we can talk about your trip here in Mexico.

    Oscar

    13 Feb 2007, 22:06

  11. Thanks for your message Oscar. Thanks for pointing out the mistake. Did I say Toltec instead of Zapotec? I’ll check it. Monte Alban is a really impressive archaeological site!

    14 Feb 2007, 09:09


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