New poetry titles for the autumn

This autumn sees Pighog publish five brilliant new poetry titles. Click on the links below to read more about them and to pre-order your copies:

Face by Brendan Cleary - "A master of concision, letting the unsaid speak properly".
Brighton Ventriloquies by Tony Spiers, an astounding poetic talent barbed with delightful wit and philosophical acuity.
The Old Madness by Kate White - the award-winning pamphlet that's the first in Pighog's new National Series.
The Last Wolf Of Scotland by MacGillivray
- "This will have you by the throat of your heart."
The Half-life Of Fathers by Vanessa Gebbie,
"a writer who invites language to dance and sing."
Take it as it Comes by Tommy Sissons,
the 2013 Brighton Hammer and Tongue Slam Champion

Lots of our new poetry titles will be getting 'sizzle reels' - short fascinating trailers and interviews. Check out the first here for Brendan Cleary's Face - literally!




Poetry nights

Pighog Plus! returns from its summer sabbatical with readings and book launches!

Thurs 26 Sept
Tony Spiers launches Brighton Ventriloquies in the Pighog Sussex Series and Brendan Cleary his new full collection Face, also from Pighog

Thurs 31 Oct
MacGillivray launches The Last Wolf Of Scotland from Pighog, with readings from Maria Jastrzębska (Pighog etc.) and Astrid Alben (Arc Publications)

Special event: Weds 9 Oct
Kate White launches her 2013 Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition winning pamphlet The Old Madness, upstairs at The Crown, Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0EG. Doors 6.30 for 7.30.



Poetry in motion

We've been posting lots of video from the Pighog Plus! readings on our Vimeo channel and media page. The recordings have been getting hits from all round the world (over 2300 this week alone). More recordings are being added to the media page weekly so it's always worth swinging on over to get your lyrical fix.

We think poetry and film go brilliantly together, which is why we're running our inaugural Pighog Poetry Film Competition. Fancy your hand as a poetic Passolini? Then read all about it here.


The Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition

Following the success of the first Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition, it gives us much pleasure to announce that we'll shortly be doing it together all over again. Watch out for the launch announcements on the Pighog and Poetry School websites.

Meanwhile, why not check out the winner of the inaugural competition, Kate White reading her work on film?


Fiction: The Year's Hottest Title!

Historian James Appleby uncovers a dangerous secret hidden deep in a chest of 400 year-old documents. To his horror, its discovery ignites a global firestorm that threatens to engulf all that he loves.

Paul Hoggart will be launching the print edition of his riveting thriller A Man Against A Background Of Flames on the following dates:

23 October, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Muswell Hill Independent Bookshop, London

24 October, 6.30 - 8pm
Blackwell's, Charing Cross, London

7 November, 7.30 - 9.30pm
Waterstones, Brighton


'A most interesting book.' - Rowan Williams
'Da Vinci Code meets Lucky Jim.' - Corinna Honan
'A cracker, a corker and a tour de force.' - Richard Corfield


Sam Chittenden's 'Reading Your Poetry in Public' workshop

Sam Chittenden is running her "Reading Your Poetry in Public" workshop on Tues 8 October, 18.30 at The Dukebox Theatre, BN3 1AQ 18.30.


Pighog will publish Sam's new book Rhyme and Reason: The Poetry of Leadership in 2014.


New home for Pighog
Marwood was the unnamed 'I' in Withnail and I. But it's also the name of an exceptionally social location in Brighton where Pighog has now taken up residence in a new office above Marwood Coffee Shop. We can't imagine anywhere better and look forward to welcoming friends old and new there for an office warming very soon.


Pighog sees Red

We've been working with Red Design in Brighton to explore Pighog's core philosophy, values and our dedication to 'pure poetry' in everything we do. You'll see the outcomes of our work over then next few months.




Pighog People

The Pighog Posse is growing and we're delighted to welcome Chloe Smith (Sussex class of '13) as a member of the team. She'll be focussing on our non-fiction titles. Meredith Collins (Poetry & Fiction) is now working full time with Pighog having finished her MA at Sussex.

Based in Oxford (Dr) Tom Slingsby curates our web presence and keeps his eye on all things editorial. Dina White looks after our sales and admin, and Michaela Ridgway does a fantastic job organising our events.

Ed Leggatt is our Assistant Video Producer working with Toby Codd (soon to head off to study documentary film at Hertfordshire Uni) our editor.


Pighog joins the Independent Publishers' Alliance

We're pleased to announce that Pighog is joining forces with a group of fellow publishers to form The Independent Publishers' Alliance.

The Alliance was proposed by Honest Publishing earlier this year and soon joined by Bluemoose Books, Pighog, Reality Street, Shearsman Books, Murder Slim Press and Etruscan Books.

All of these publishers are proud to share the ethos of publishing original, innovative writing. The Alliance stands for true independent publishing and aims to publish the best, and sometimes unheralded, talent from around the world.

We hope that by joining forces we can make more great writing accessible to more people. So keep an eye out for our titles at your local bookshop or library and help keep the spirit of the independent alive.

More information and a web page dedicated to the The Independent Publishers' Alliance will follow very soon. In the meantime you can read more in this press release.


Martin Myers launches
Some Circular Walks in Sussex

Martin Myers' new pamphlet was rapturously received at the June edition of Pighog Plus!

Some Circular Walks in Sussex takes us on a tour of surreal and disturbing collisions of the urban and the rural, of past and present, of public and personal and of conventions and their subversions. All in very well made poems of analytic imagination and telling insight.

It's now available for sale here.


Pighog launches inaugural Poetry Film Competition

We're delighted to announce the launch of the Pighog Poetry Film Competition, which will open on 24 July and run till 31 October 2013.

The competition asks filmmaker entrants to select a poem from a Pighog poetry pamphlet or full collection and create a video around the poem. The winner and shortlisted entrants of this international competition will be featured and celebrated as part of the growing Pighog poetry and film community. We are looking forward to seeing your creative responses to this project and the filmic gems you produce!

Read all about it here.


A look ahead to autumn

Here at Pighog we're busily preparing a rich harvest of new autumn titles:

New poetry:
The Last Wolf Of Scotland by MacGillivray
Face and The Poet's Notebook by Brendan Cleary
The Half-life Of Fathers by Vanessa Gebbie

New Professional Series:
You Can't Plant A Tree In Space by Neil Hope and Dominic Will

To find out more or pre-order your copy click of any of the above titles now.


Pigbaby returns this autumn
This autumn our Pigbaby festival will be making its much-anticipated return, from Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 November. Inspired by the 'Alice and the Pigbaby' passage of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, this year's theme is Pigbaby: Gone Fishing! Pigbaby will provide something to stimulate and to inspire no matter what your literary interests. More details to follow.


Summer sale!

Now that summer's finally here, why not celebrate with some finely-wrought words? From 1 July to 30 September 2013 we're offering a great 10% discount off all of our current print titles.

That includes everything from the mesmerising experimental verse of Iain Sinclair's Postcards from the 7th Floor to the surreal and lyrical brilliance of Ciaran O'Driscoll's novel A Year's Midnight.

With free UK postage on the majority of our titles, there's never been a better time to dive in and grab yourself a bargain.

The prices of many of our most beautiful and distinctive titles have now been knocked down by a staggering 50% for the duration of the summer sale!



The 2013 Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition - winner announced!
Kate White's pamphlet The Old Madness has been named the winner of the 2013 Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition.

The runners up are:

Philip Cowell, In Spite of Asteroids
Vicki Husband The Man on the Corner
Alex MacDonald Everything is fine
Martin Malone Cur

Many thanks to all the entrants, the judges, Ciaran O'Driscoll and Julia Bird, and to everyone at Pighog and The Poetry School who helped organise the competition.




Publishing Predictions for 2013
Pighog has no crystal ball, but that's not stopped us trying to see what could be on the cards for the coming year in publishing...

One of the most important developments being touted is self-publishing, via services such as Simon and Schuster's Archway. Certain commentators are slating such “author services” to generate more income than book sales.

New book formats, meanwhile, are set to stretch further the definition of the term “book,” with literary texts being beamed to an array of portable devices and mobile “apps”. You may find yourself navigating the country or city with the help of so-called “walking literature” on your smart phone (watch out for rabbit warrens and lamp-posts), while works of fiction are set to become more interactive, to include audio-video components.

Other emergent trends include print-on-demand, wearable reading devices and personalised texts produced by means of “perceptive media.” What are your thoughts on these possibly revolutionary developments? Would you like to see more mobile and interactive literary products, or do you prefer the traditional experience of reading in hard copy?

Why not contact us via Twitter or Facebook to let us know your thoughts?



One week to go till initial deadline for
The Poetry School / Pighog Pamphlet Competition.

With just one more week to go until the deadline for initial submissions to The Poetry School / Pighog Pamphlet Competition , why not take this weekend to put the finishing touches to your work?

The response to the call for submissions has been superb and the judges are getting ready to start their work. What's great about this competition is that it puts rookie wordsmiths on a level playing field with the real big hitters – and anyone could win.

So don't hesitate - get your entry together this week and submit by 31st January.

Read more here.


Here's a gift from us - Free UK postage!

As frost gathers on the grass and tinsel goes up on the tree, we're offering free UK postage on all of our titles (excluding boxed sets) until January 31st.

That means you can save up to £4 on distinctive publications such as Postcards from the 7th Floor, A Year's Midnight, and our latest poetry title Loose Ends.

There's never been a better time to buy online and avoid the queues in high street book shops.


Poetry on ice for wintertime magic

Our freshest poetry books are companion publications Skate and Ice. Skate is a fascinating collection of poetry, history and images dedicated to the art of ice skating, while Ice is a beautifully designed anthology that includes works by poets of the past and present about snow, ice and all things frosty.

Both books make lovely festive treats and you can order the pair together with free postage for the bargain price of £18!


Last chance to buy

With their superb designs and limited edition print runs, Pighog's poetry books have always been collectors' favourites.

We've put together a list of the books which are flying off the shelves so you can pick up a copy before they're all gone, including The English Sweats by James Brookes, Cloudfish by John McCullough and Jo Slade's The Artist's Room. Don't miss out!


Most Collectible Box Sets

For the extra-special connoisseur experience, the Pighog team has devised boxed sets of our limited edition titles which are on the verge of selling out.



Stocking filler suggestions

Can't work out what to buy for that special person in your life? Poetry is language at its clearest and most articulate, making it the perfect way to reach out to your nearest and dearest this Christmas. Why not consider some of the following great titles?

Double Edge by Kay Syrad
Hallucinated Horse: New Latin American Poets ed. Nicole C. Delgado & Tom Slingsby
The Book of Invisible Bridges by Xelís de Toro
• A subscription to The Echo Room
The Toilet Monster (stories for young people)
Postcards from the 7th Floor by Iain Sinclair and Oona Grimes
A Year's Midnight by Ciaran O'Driscoll


Poetry events in 2013

Throughout our 10th anniversary year we've been taken aback by the fantastic support and enthusiasm of all those who turned out for our programme of Pighog Poetry Nights on Thursdays organised by Michaela Ridgeway.

We're delighted that they are set to continue at Redroaster in Brighton throughout 2013. Again, these events will take place on the last Thursday of every month from February to December (except July & August). See you there!



The Poetry School/Pighog Pamphlet Competition

The Poetry School and Pighog have joined forces to launch a unique opportunity for poets. Their new pamphlet competition encourages poets to create innovative and exciting new work.

First Prize is publication of your pamphlet by Pighog and 40 copies of the pamphlet. Closing date for initial entries is 31 January 2013.

For the full entrance guidelines and to download an application form please click here.


"A dinkum tale with no wheels" by John Gallas
John Gallas

Third Prize winner in The Pighog Moss Rich International Poetry Prize for Humorous and Satirical Poetry

An old Kiwi with a pen in his claw, published by Carcanet, whose books include Practical Anarchy, Flying Carpets Over Filbert Street, Grrrrr, Resistance is Futile, The Song Atlas, Star City, The Book With Twelve Tales, Fresh Air & The Story of Molecule, and 52 Euros (July 2013). Two Ballad Books, Robin Hood and Santo Caserio, with pictures by Clifford Harper, are published by Agraphia Press, and Fucking Poets, a 3 volume fund-raiser for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, by Cold Hub Press (NZ). Presently scratching away at The Little Sublime Comedy, Pacifictions, and Rhymes With Hay.

"A dinkum tale with no wheels"

Mary runs this bloody tucker place out west
feedin up old black fellas.
Mostly they sit round,
starin at the dust.
I come up to do the Health Inspection.
We’re sittin round
starin at the Frigidaire.
This mob of bloody emus
comes slappin down the deck
an whips the bloody lunch away.
Shit, I says.
Yeah, buggers, says Mary.

The dust goes down again.
Now a couple of black fellas
come up the track.
The sky goes red.
You’re doin beaut, Mary, I say.
Yeah, she says.
Now a couple more are comin up the track.
The cicadas stop.
There’s a bit of roof iron
stuck up on the verandah.

It says,
Meals On Feet.


"What I should have said" by Richard Ormrod

Second Prize winner in The Pighog Moss Rich International Poetry Prize for Humorous and Satirical Poetry.

Dr. Richard Ormrod is a biographer, writer and journalist--and aspiring poet!--who teaches for the Open University and is currently writing the authorised biography of the poet Andrew Young (1885-1971).

"What I should have said"

what I should have said
was ‘no way’
when you asked me
to betray my friend;

what I should have said
was ‘no end’
when you asked me
how I loved you;

what I should have said
was ‘no prob’
when you asked me
to take the rap;

what I should have said
was ‘OK’
when you asked me
to help you die;

what I should have said
was ‘so-so’
when they asked me
if I was guilty;

what I should have said
but never did
was always right –
in my head.


Happenstance by James Armstrong

Joint First Prize winner in The Pighog Moss Rich International Poetry Prize for Humorous and Satirical Poetry.

James Armstrong studied painting and sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art and received a post-graduate degree at the Royal College of Art. As a working painter James taught in art schools, secondary schools, prisons and a special needs school for twenty-five-years. Inspired by a trip to India he started writing poetry more seriously and has since been published in magazines including The Interpreter’s House and the RSPB magazine. He has won the Ottaker’s Regional Prize, an East Sussex Anthology competition and The William Soutar Prize at Perth. In 2009 James moved to Italy to teach English and in the last 15 months he has been involved in ‘Catulla et al’, the latest collection by Tiffany Atkinson, a creative writing tutor at Aberystwyth University. Currently he is working on a selection from Kathleen Jamie’s three collections including her latest, ‘The Overhaul’. The Tiffany Atkinson translation may be published early in 2013.


If you and I by chance
happened to be travelling on the same plane
to different holiday destinations,
as that bird suffered engine failure
and splashed open the night-violet ocean
below, but I, by a fluke of seating position
and wearing only one shoe,
was able to save you from drowning
in the freeze-gripping sea, then you
kept held your clasp round my chest
while I clung to a floating chunk of cargo,
so that, at sun up, we found ourselves tossed,
deserted onto an island shore from where
we could not expect to be rescued for a year,
or years and years and years, I
would not feel too much inconvenience
by this particular conditional sentence.


"Billet-Doux" by Rodney Wood

Following the announcement of winners in The Pighog Moss Rich International Poetry Prize for Humorous and Satirical Poetry it gives us pleasure to share the winning poems and some info about the authors behind them.

"Billet-Doux" by Rodney Wood was the joint winning poem. Over 100 of Rodney's poems have appeared in magazines/e-zines including Poetry News, Sunk Island Review, Krax, Seam, The Weary Blues, Ink Sweat and Tears and Qarrtsiluni; the anthologies Split Screen, By Grand Central Station (both by Red Squirrel Press), Emergency Verse, Robin Hood Book (both by Caparison); and on Amazing Folk Radio and Poetry Please. Rodney took early retirement in 2004. Since then he has run a poetry workshop and does front of house work at an arts centre in Aldershot, attends open mics (in Guildford and, Reading), looks after granddaughter for 3 days a week and has been married for 39 years.


She pushed a note saying “I love you”
through my letterbox . It was printed on A4
using Good Times font and a bold typeface.
I sent my reply

by email, recipe, Facebook, text, newsletter, blackberry, motor bike courier,
by paper airplane, Instant Message, choral work, my grandmother’s spirit,
by diplomatic bag, telephone, Morse, Parcelforce, blog, videotape, Twitter,
by a frame in the credits of her favourite film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”,

by whistling, semaphore, walkie-talkie, short story, billboard outside her house,
by voice mail, photo, satellite, cable, fossil, card with two hearts on the cover,
by ouija board, automatic writing, florescent sign, cave painting, spam, seance,
by voucher, snail mail, PDF file, mobile app, flag, notice in Tesco's, prayer,

by classified ad, wrist band, finger spelling, fax, sonnet, loud-hailer, telepathy,
by talking dog, radio, aliens (illegal and space), Wikipedia, cloud, teleportation,
by ringtone, bottle, sky writing, guardian angel, the Mayor of Stockton-on-tees,
by substitution cipher, etched on a diamond, game, knotted string, carrier pigeon,

by a song from Erica (the extended mix version), smoke signal, balloon, picture,
by radio announcement, mirror writing, business card, mathematical notation,
by a TV show that displays texts on screen, drums, perfume, Braille, metaphor,
by dance, canzone, YouTube, pony express, bunch of flowers, Royal invitation

as well as by pushing through her letterbox
my reply which was scrawled beneath her note
and consisted of the single word


The Pighog Moss Rich International Poetry Prize for Humorous and Satirical Poetry: Announcement of Winners

Joint First Prize:
James Armstrong 'Happenstance'
Rodney Wood 'Billet-Doux'

Second Prize
Richard Ormrod 'What I should have said'

Third Prize
John Gallas 'a dinkum tale with no wheels'

Congratulations to all four! The prize giving will be held on Thursday 29 November at 7.30 pm at Redroaster Coffee House, as part of this year's final Pighog Poetry Thursday.


The Fugitives

Have you heard about the Fugitives yet? Niftily stradding the gap between poetry and acoustic hip-hop, Canada's hottest slam band are headlining a Pighog Poetry Special on 20 November. The group comprises four poet-musicians who mix spoken word with with accordion, piano, beatbox, harmonica, guitar, and melodica. We hosted an event for them in 2005 and we're delighted to welcome them back to Brighton for an exclusive night that's not to be missed.

But don't merely take our word for it. Check them out on YouTube and read what the Executive Director of Dylan Thomas Festival had to say:

"One of the best events we¹ve ever had, right up there with Allen Ginsberg and Ken Kesey"

Our recent evenings at Redroaster have been full to the rafters, so be sure of entry by booking your tickets online.



The Pighog Moss Rich International Poetry Prize for Humorous and Satirical Poetry: Announcement of Winners

The judges are concluding their deliberations and following discussions with Moss' family the winners will be announced here on Monday November 5th. The prize winners will be contacted individually before the public announcement.



Pighog gets its skates on

Pighog is providing two exclusive special editions to be sold at Somerset House during the festive season at London's most glamorous ice rink.

Skate will be a new documentary series title featuring an essay on the history of ice skating, illustrations and poems on the subject of skating. Ice (It's Christmas Everyone!) will be an anthology of seasonal poems including traditional favourites as well as a unique selection of new poems provided by some of today's most interesting poets.

Both will be produced to Pighog's usual standards of design and production. £1 from the sale of each title will be donated to the homeless charity Shelter during the festive season.

Call for submissions
Open to all previously published poets. 
Submissions will appear in these unique editions sold exclusively at Somerset House at Strand in London over the Christmas season. The Ice anthology will be a beautifully designed collection of 40 poems published by Pighog. 

To submit work for consideration in either publication, please send one winter- or skating-themed poem to Pighog by 1st November 2012. In the submission please include the title of your poem, your name, address, phone number and email. All accepted contributors will receive five copies of the edition in which their poem appears. Copyright remains with the poet, although the organisers reserve the right to publish any entry at any time. 

Please send your submissions to:

The Editor
Winter anthologies
P. O. Box 145
Brighton BN1 6ZA 

Please submit work by November 1st latest.




Join us at Redroaster
for more great poetry readings!

The nights are drawing in and a new generation of University students is filling the city's libraries and campuses. Autumn is one of the most literary times of the year, and while the temptation to curl up on the sofa with a good book is growing ever greater, fans of our popular Redroaster series will tell you that poetry is a pleasure best shared.

Courtesy of Michaela Ridgeway, Pighog is back with a cluster of four unmissable poetry nights at the Redroaster Coffee House. Here's our timetable for October and November. Please click through to buy advance tickets, download flyers, and to read profiles of the fine performers who'll be gracing us with their presence:

Tues 23 October
Connected by their Irish and African roots, Paul Casey and Afric McGlinchy will be featured at Beyond Borders - a Pighog Poetry Night Special.
buy tickets / read more!

Thurs 25 October
Bernadette Cremin launches her new Pighog Sussex Series pamphlet Loose Ends alongside Antony Owen and Seni Seneviratne.
buy tickets / read more!

Tues 20 November
The Fugitives, featuring SLAM Poetry Champion Brendan McLeod and musician Adrian Glynn. - a Pighog Poetry Night Special.
buy tickets / read more!

Thurs 29 November
With Brendan Cleary, Tony Flynn and Rob Hamberger.
buy tickets / read more!



Pigbaby takes a break

Pigbaby is taking a break.

The precocious piglet has decided not to have an outing this autumn as there's not much in the Piggy Bank to support such an exotic literary feast. We hope the bawling brat will be allowed out next year!

But do come along to our two Autumn Specials:

Beyond Borders
Tuesday 23 October at Redroaster with Afric McGlinchey & Paul Casey
buy tickets / read more!

The Fugitives
Tuesday 20 November at Redroaster with Canadian SLAM group The Fugitives
buy tickets / read more!


Praise and plaudits for The Long Woman

Almost anyone who's met a member of the Pighog editorial team over the past year or so will have heard us sing the praises of The Long Woman, the debut poetry pamphlet by Lewes-based Charlotte Gann. “Intriguing,” “beguiling,” “cinematic” – we almost exhausted our supply of superlatives in trying to capture the spirit of her work.

Luckily more articulate critics have stepped up to the plate, as Charlotte's poetry continues to win widespread praise. Not only was The Long Woman nominated in this year's prestigious Michael Marks awards, but it's just received a laudatory write-up in South magazine, where critic Ross Cogan describes it as

“Wonderful writing: rich but economical; expansive but precise; subtle and powerful. Gann has a feeling for the music of words and the mystery infusing the everyday. We will be seeing a lot more of her.”

The Long Woman appears in a collectable limited edition, which is proving very popular with our readers. Why not buy yours now?

Read Ross Cogan's full review here.


Ciaran goes down a storm in The Irish World

It's no suprise to see that Ciaran O'Driscoll's timely and tempestuous debut novel A Year's Midnight has gone down a storm in a recent review by Shelley Marsden, writing for The Irish World.

The gripping novel tells the tale of George, a troubled writer, whose marriage and sanity threaten to spiral out of control when he spends a year getting away from it all in rural Italy. As he stumbles through dogs, despair and drink, George's downward trajectory brings startling and poignant revelations, all laced with a generous dose of dark but tender humour.

Marsden hits the nail squarely on the head when she writes:

Disturbing, heart-warming and with generous amounts of darkly funny moments, O’Driscoll’s despair has a witty and lyrical edge that means you never get sucked so far into the darkness that you stop enjoying the journey. Buon viaggio...

In other news, it gives us much pleasure to confirm a double first for A Year's Midnight. Not only is it our first ever novel published, but it's the first to be released as a Kindle ebook, which can be yours for just £6.17 with free wireless delivery.

Click here to buy A Year's Midnight on Kindle



Pighog recognised in shortlists for the prestigious Michael Marks Awards

We're thrilled to have been shortlisted twice in this year's Michael Marks awards. Pighog has been nominated in The Publishers Award Shortlist and Charlotte Gann's menacingly beautiful debut pamphlet The Long Woman has been recognised in The Pamphlet Award Shortlist for its "starkly beautiful imagery and dark storytelling." Congratulations to Charlotte! As the Wordsworth Trust puts it,

"The Awards are designed to raise the profile of poetry pamphlets, recognising the enormous contribution that they make to the world of poetry ... Winners will be announced at a public Readings and Awards Ceremony held at the British Library on the evening of Friday 22nd June 2012".

The Long Woman is part of Pighog's Sussex Series and follows in the footsteps of Sarah Jackson's Milk in being nominated for the award.

To enjoy more great Pighog poetry, please join us at Brighton Festival Fringe, where all our ticketed events are now priced just £5 (£3 concessions)! The programme of events also features a number of free events at Metrodeco. For more on Charlotte Gann's poetry, read an interview with her on our media page.




Pighog Poetry night praised in local press
With Pighog's exciting 10th year anniversary programme of events already underway, we've been delighted with the response from our audiences. The new monthly poetry night at Brighton's Redroaster has been attracting sell-out audiences and has now come in for gushing praise in the Brighton Argus.

Catherine Meek wrote:

"It seems the word is getting out - newcomers could not have chosen a better night to try out Pighog Thursday and the venue was packed. Headline poets Maria Jastrzebska and Liz Berry captured us with extraordinary observations from their everyday, inspiring in us rapt appreciation of details of our own lives which might otherwise slip by unnoticed...

To read the full article please click here. And with more great readings and a superb Masterclass with leading US poet John Barr just around the corner, there couldn't be a better time to visit our events page and see what's coming up.



Introducing a new place to keep up to date with poetry events...
This year Pighog celebrates its tenth birthday! Our first decade has been an unforgettable journey and we've been overwhelmed by the phenomenal support of our readers, poets and writers over the years - not to mention all the wonderful people who have helped behind the scenes. Our heartfelt thanks to you all.

With the success of last November’s Pigbaby festival and the growing support of a fantastic community of poets and fans, the quality and popularity of our events is indubitably on the rise.

In response to popular demand, we’ve been hard at work planning a whole year’s worth of exciting events. The burgeoning scale of the timetable is such that we’ve created www.pighog.co.uk/events, a one-stop place to find out what’s going on and book accessibly-priced advance tickets online.

Along with our presence at London Book Fair, Brighton Fringe, a host of book launches and the return of Pigbaby, there’s an all-new series of monthly Thursday night events at Brighton’s Redroaster kicking off later this month, offering a mixture of readings by top local and national poets and open-mic slots.

If you’d like to know more about the year’s activities, or help us spread the word, please read our latest newsletter or download our colourful new flier (PDF). To have our latest news sent straight to your inbox, you can sign up for our newsletter. Avid tweeter or Facebook fiend? You’ll find us there as well, and as always, we love to hear your requests, ideas and suggestions.

Ten years of publishing and literary events has taught us that live poetry has the power to captivate and engross like no other art form. We feel that our 2012 events have something to entertain poetry fans of all persuasions. All will receive a warm welcome at Pighog’s tenth anniversary events, and we very much look forward to seeing you there.

Read on and buy tickets.




Pighog Poets win Prizes
2011 has been a full and highly rewarding year for Pighog, with the sell-out Pigbaby Brighton poetry festival and a number of really exciting publications.

It gives us much pleasure to announce that two of our poets have been awarded prestigious prizes for works published by Pighog during 2011.

Coventry’s Antony Owen was named as one of the winners in the adult category of the 11 poets for 11/11 competition, organised by The Wilfred Owen Story in association with Port Sunlight Museum.

Owen’s The Dreaded Boy is a visceral and sensitively conceived pamphlet documenting the violence and loss inflicted by modern warfare. The poems it contains were partly inspired by a Remembrance event which Owen organised in November 2009 for a small charity helping injured paratroopers.

One of Owen’s poems features in a commemorative pamphlet entitled 11 poets for 11/11/11 following a reading by the prize-winning poet at the re-dedication of the UK's 2nd biggest Cenotaph at Port Sunlight Memorial. The Dreaded Boy was launched June 2011 in Coventry, and is the first published collection of war poetry to have emerged from the midlands city.  

Our warmest congratulations also go out to Munster poet Mark Whelan, whose tender and finely-crafted new pamphlet Brighton Suite was named the winner of Ireland’s prestigious James Clarence Mangan prize.

Both The Dreaded Boy and Brighton Suite are available now in our bookshop.




Obituary: Moss Rich, 1910-2011

Moss Rich lived an extraordinary life filled with love and poetry which brought delight to his fans and family alike.

He claimed to have started writing poetry in the 1970s, but his wife Milly remembers him writing her love poems as early as the 1930s. In 1939 the young Moss met Milly at a performance at London’s Unity Theatre and shortly after commenced what was to become a life-long tradition.

Needing a way to make his first Valentine's Day with his sweetheart truly special, Moss lacked the resources to indulge in expensive gifts. Instead he put his imagination to work and composed a poem that so charmed Milly that it set in motion an unbroken tradition of writing her a romantic lyric for every birthday, anniversary and Valentine's Day.

As was the case for many of his generation, the war years saw Moss battle to support his family on a very tight budget, and he returned to work at the timber yard on the very same day that he married Milly. But what the Riches lacked in material wealth they more than made up for in tenderness and affection. Milly’s collection of love poems was steadily accruing.

In the 1970s the Riches moved to Hove, a decade which saw the acerbic side of Moss’s talent come to the fore. In 1975 he sent a satirical poem about the Harold Wilson government to a political columnist at The Times. He was surprised to see that they published it and even more so to receive a cheque for ‘two and a half or three guineas’ in payment for the piece. Rich says, ‘From then on, I began taking poetry seriously.’

Moss’s poems are nearly all intended to be read aloud, and what sets them apart is their special combination of exuberant rhythmic bounce and sarcastic sense of difference from social convention. But for all his pithy critique, Rich was a man with a very big heart and tender emotions often sit side by side with satire in his work.

After receiving his message from the Queen for his 100th birthday in 2010, Moss continued to shake off the effects of old age, publishing new works and receiving national media coverage as ‘Britain’s oldest working poet’. He and Milly were dubbed ‘The Most Romantic Pair in Britain’ in a feature that appeared in The Mirror. The piece caught the public imagination and the centenarian wordsmith appeared soon after in the video for ‘Let There be Love’ by former Spice Girl Mel C.

Moss’s sight had by then deteriorated, yet he continued to share his indefatigable creativity by dictating new poems and reciting old ones from memory. In 2010 he published A Patch of Land to House Six Million Ghosts through his own Writers Inn imprint and was reported to have several more publications in the pipeline. In 2011 Pighog published A Lifetime of Love, a luxury boxed edition of Moss’s love poetry printed on postcards. It was a year in which Moss also demonstrated his desire to spread his love of poetry as he supported the inaugural Moss Rich Poetry Prize, organised by Pighog in conjunction with the University of Sussex.

The prize proved a great success, and Pighog intends that by continuing to run it, we will sustain our celebration of the great man’s legacy of love and letters long into the future.

Pighog is planning a variety of memorial events with Moss’s family. If you knew Moss or were a member of his various writing groups including Brunswick Poets, and would like to be involved, click here to send us your details.


Rest in Peace Moss Rich, 1910-2011

Moss Rich died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday evening. Whilst very sad at his passing, we also celebrate his remarkable spirit and talent.

For more on Moss please click here.



Pigbaby Comes to Town!

It gives Pighog much pleasure to announce the availability of advance tickets and the finalised timetable for Pigbaby: The 2011 Brighton Poetry Festival. Running from 22nd - 26th of November, the festival features an array of local and international talent.

We've collaborated with a number of local partners to produce a varied and vibrant programme featuring everything from the seminal avant-gardism of Lee Harwood and Tom Raworth, through the earthy realism of Neil Rollinson and Lorna Thorpe, to the sensuous neo-Romanticism of Mimi Khalvati. It’s a festival propelled by the distinct trajectories of the writers involved and inspired by the ‘Alice and the Pigbaby’ passage of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We believe Pigbaby has something to move and to stimulate no matter what your literary background.

Pigbaby is a chance to celebrate the electricity generated when rising stars such as Kay Syrad and Charlotte Gann share the stage with nationally celebrated figures such as Iain Sinclair and The Poetry Business founders Peter and Ann Sansom. The programme also emphasises Pighog’s ties to the Munster province of Ireland, with master poet Ciaran O'Driscoll bringing his moving and accessible verse to town alongside fellow Limerick poet Mark Whelan, who will launch Brighton Suite, a delightful new pamphlet which explores love and loss with crystalline imagery and beautifully modulated free verse.

Brighton Poetry Festival has put accessibility at the heart of its ethos, with a number of free events, concessional rates and an all-inclusive Festival Pass, which at just £16 (£10 concessions) could be the literary bargain of the season!

With venue capacity limited you are warmly invited to browse through the listings and buy your tickets in advance, entitling you to reserved seats.

We hope that our friends and supporters may like to download a Pigbaby flyer in pink or blue and share it with their friends. Interested journalists or bloggers can download the Press Release.

For the full timetable and to buy your tickets, please head on over to the Pigbaby web pages, which also feature more information about the fantastic poets appearing at the festival.

With many thanks for their support to Jackie Wills, Mark Hewitt and Lewes Live Lit, Limerick City Council, Clear Culture & Arts and Terrier TV. Pigbaby will take place at The Red Roaster Coffee House and Upstairs at Three and Ten, Brighton.



Pighog poets take their new books to Cuisle

Pighog has long enjoyed ties with poets from Limerick and is delighted once again to be visiting the city for the 16th Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival, which runs from today through to Saturday October 15th.

‬Our partnership with poets from the region has borne fine fruits, from Ciaran O’Driscoll’s acclaimed Surreal Man to the Pighog Munster Series, to which Mark Whelan’s Brighton Suite is the latest addition.

‬This year Pighog Director John Davies has returned to lap up the lyrical feast, where he is also joined by the authors of a number of new publications which are to receive their Irish launch at the festival: Clare Best, author of Breastless , Slovenian Iztok Osojnik, launching Elsewhere and his compatriots and fellow contributors to the outstanding new anthology Here: Jani Kovacic,‭ ‬Tatjana Jamnik,‭ ‬Tina Kozin,‭ Tone Skrjanec and‭ ‬Taja Kramberger.

‬Along with Elsewhere co-editor and contributor Radharani Pernarčič, lots of these writers are the subjects of new profiles on this website; to read them, just click on the authors' names.

‬Past Pighoggers to travel to Cuisle are Sarah Jackson, James Brookes and Jo Slade, whose readings at the festival you can watch on this website. For Jackson’s reading click here, while for the readings by Brookes and Slade, head over to our archive page, and browsing by year. You can find out more about Cuisle here.


Pighog Books Launched at Cuisle 2011


Pigbaby Comes to Town‭ ‬-‭ ‬the‭ ‬2011‭ ‬Brighton Poetry Festival

Following the success of Pigbaby,‭ ‬last year‭’‬s rural literary tea-party,‭ ‬this year the festival is coming to town,‭ as Pighog runs the‭ ‬2011‭ ‬Brighton Poetry Festival from from‭ ‬Tuesday‭ ‬22‭ ‬– Sunday‭ ‬27‭ ‬November‭ ‬mainly‭ ‬based‭ ‬at the Red Roaster Coffee House,‭ ‬Brighton.

With lots of help from Jackie Wills and collaboration with Lewes Live Lit,‭ ‬we‭’‬ve put together an exciting line-up of book launches,‭ ‬readings and a Poetry Masterclass,‭ ‬featuring a great mixture of established and up-and-coming poets from the south-east and farther afield.‭ ‬

New artists are being added to the bill all the time and the latest timetable,‭ ‬including Iain Sinclair,‭ Lorna Thorpe and Charlotte Gann is as follows:

Wednesday‭ ‬23‭ ‬November

Wednesday 23‭
Kay Syrad, Ciaran O'Driscoll and Hugo Williams (tbc)
Doors 19.30 for 20.00

Thursday‭ ‬24:
18.00‎ ‏Launch of Mark Whelan‭’‬s Brighton Suite‭ (‬Pighog Munster Series‭)
20.00‎ ‏Readings from‭ ‬Iain Sinclair,‭ ‬Lee Harwood and Tom Raworth

Friday‭ ‬25‭
18.00‎ ‏Clare Best Launch of Breastless‭ (‬Pighog Documentary Series‭)
20.00‎ ‏Launch of Lorna Thorpe‭’‬s new collection from Arc with Charlotte Gann

Saturday‭ ‬26‭
Doors‭ ‬19.30
8.00 - 8.30 Mimi Khalvati book launch
8.50 - 9.40 Peter & Ann Sansom (with questions)
10.00 - 10.30 Catherine Smith

New dates - to be confirmed:

Tuesday 22‭
Poets from Limerick. Neil Rollinson plus open mic slots.

Wednesday 23‭
Kay Syrad, Ciaran O'Driscoll and Hugo Williams (tbc)

Red Roaster Coffee House
1d.‎ ‏St James‭’‬s Street
BN2‭ ‬1RE

All events £5. Saturday evening £10 (Concs £3/£6).



New Slovenian Books and Tour

Slovenia has for centuries occupied one of the most critical and telling fault lines in European culture.‭ ‬So with roots in Celtic culture,‭ ‬it's no surprise that the country is home to a rich poetic tradition‭ ‬-‭ ‬albeit one under-appreciated by Anglo-phone audiences.

Pighog has been working with poets in Slovenia since‭ ‬2006‭ ‬and we're delighted to announce the publication of two new volumes of contemporary  Slovenian poetry in‭ ‬English:‭ 'Elsewhere‬ - new and selected poems by celebrated contemporary Slovenian poet Iztok Osojnik‭ (‬translated by Pighog poet Maria Jastrzebska with Ana Jelnikar‭)‬,‭ ‬and‭ ‬Here‬ -‭ ‬an anthology of exciting new poets.‭

‬This autumn,‭ ‬with the support of the Slovenian Embassy,‭ ‬the poets are flying in to take their work on a whistlestop tour of South East‭ ‬ England and Ireland.‭ ‬The poets are: Iztok Osojnik,‭ ‬Jani Kovacic,‭ ‬Tatjana Jamnik,‭ ‬Tina Kozin,‭ ‬Tone Skrjanec,‭ ‬Taja Kramberger and the dates and venues are as follows:

Saturday‭ ‬8‭ ‬October
‬2-5.30pm - Swedenborg Society London

Swedenborg House
‭20-21‭ ‬Bloomsbury Way
WC1A‭ ‬2TH

2pm Wine reception
2.30‎ ‏Discussion on Slovenian poetry in English
3.15‎ ‏Break
3.45‎ ‏Launch of Iztok‭ ‬Osojnik's book
4.15‎ ‏Break
4.30‎ ‏Launch of Slovenian poetry anthology
5.15‎ ‏Finish

Sunday‭ ‬9‭ ‬October
‭The Jam Factory, Oxford, doors 7.30 for 8pm. With very special musical guests MacGillivray and D. Gwalia.

The Jam Factory Restaurant and Bar
Hollybush Row
27 Park End Street

Monday‭ ‬10‭ ‬October
‭Brighton, Redroaster, doors‭ ‬7.30‭ ‬for‭ ‬8pm
‬1d St James's Street,‭
BN2‭ ‬1RE

Wednesday‭ ‬12‭ ‬October
‭Limerick,‭ ‬Ireland as part of Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival

Entry to all events is FREE

Pighog gratefully acknowledges the support of the Embassy of the Slovenian Republic in London,‭ ‬ the Trubar Foundation‭ ‬at the Slovene Writer's Association in Ljubljana,‭ ‬ the Slovenian Writers Association International Publishers‭’‬ Meeting in Dane,‭ ‬Slovenia‭ (‬2006‭), the Golden Boat International Poetry Translation Workshop at Škocjan,‭ ‬Slovenia; and the kind cooperation of the Swedenborg Society.

If you would like an invitation to the launch at Swedenborg House, please add your name to our mailing list or send us an email by clicking here.


Iain Sinclair reading in Hastings
Postcards from the 7th Floor, Iain Sinclair's brain-tingling collaboration with artist Oona Grimes (pictured with Sinclair, right) was a highlight of Pighog's calender last year and his reading in Hastings on Thursday 27th October will be an opportunity to see the famed literary shaman reading in the town that inspired this excellent body of work.

We can now confirm that Sinclair’s fellow Hastings poet Nicholas Johnson, along with Pighog’s own John Davies, has been added to the bill. It’s shaping up to be a sensational evening, so do join us on October 27th at

Stade Hall
The Stade
Rock a Nore Road
TN34 3FJ

Doors 7.30 pm for 8pm
Entry FREE!


Masterclass with the founders of The Poetry Business

Any poet worth his or her salt will tell you that a writer‭’‬s life is one of ongoing learning.‭ ‬So we‭’‬re delighted that local poet Jackie Wills is offering a very special poetry Masterclass Weekend to coincide with the‭ ‬2011‭ ‬Brighton Poetry Festival.‭ The Masterclass offers a one-off chance to create new work and have poems critiqued by the brilliant tutors,‎ ‏poets and founders of The Poetry Business Peter and Ann Sansom.‭ ‬It is aimed at poets who are regularly published with a track record in magazines,‭ ‬a pamphlet,‭ ‬or full-length collections. 

Running from Saturday November‭ ‬26‭ ‬to Sunday November‭ ‬27‭ ‬from‭ ‬10am to‭ ‬5pm,‭ ‬the Masterclass will be held at Chesworth Arts Farm,‭ ‬an intimate and tranquil venue in the countryside,‭ ‬about‭ ‬45‭ ‬minutes‭’‬ drive from Brighton,‭ ‬accessible by train with a‭ ‬ 10-15‭ ‬minute walk from the station.‭ ‬Car share may be available.‭

The cost of the workshop is a very modest £60‭ ‬per person‭ (‬bring your own lunch‭) ‬or‭ ‬£80‭ ‬if you want lunch provided.‭ ‬Tea and coffee is included. 

Peter and Ann are brilliant tutors,‭ ‬writers and editors.‭ ‬The weekend will give you a chance to produce new work,‭ ‬submit a poem for critical feedback,‭ ‬focus on technique and‭ ‬how other writers work.

Peter wrote the classic Writing Poems,‭ ‬published by Bloodaxe‭ (‬1994‭)‬.‭ ‬Carcanet publish his poetry: Everything You‭’‬ve Heard is True,‭ ‬a Poetry Book Society Recommendation‭ ‬1990‭)‬, January ‭(‬1994‭)‬, Point of Sale ‭(‬2000‭)‬, The Last Place on‭ ‬Earth ‭(‬2006‭) ‬and  Selected Poems ‭(‬2010‭)‬.  

Ann Sansom has published six collections:‭ ‬as Ann Dancy Painting from Memory ‭(‬Smith/Doorstop‭ ‬1989‭) ‬and Opening the Ice ‭ (‬Smith/Doorstop‭ ‬1990‭) ‬and as Ann Sansom Romance ‭(‬Bloodaxe‭ ‬1994‭)‬, Vehicle ‭(‬Slow Dancer Press‭ ‬1999‭)‬,  In Praise of Men and Other People ‭(‬Bloodaxe‭ ‬2003‭)‬.‭

The Poetry Business,‭ ‬founded in‭ ‬1986‭ ‬in Huddersfield,‭ ‬has published many of the UK‭’‬s top poets including Simon Armitage,‭ ‬ Carol Ann Duffy,‭ ‬Daljit Nagra,‭ ‬Pascale Petit,‭ ‬Selima Hill,‭ ‬Ian McMillan and Catherine Smith.

If you are interested please email a brief biography and‭ ‬3‭ ‬sample poems to Jackie Wills at wills.jackie@googlemail.com.‭ ‬ She will then contact you asking for payment by cheque,‭ ‬upon receipt of which your place on the course will be confirmed.‭

If you don't receive a reply it means you haven't made it onto this year's workshop, but there will be more in the future.


See the exceptional Charlotte Gann read her uncanny verse.

This autumn is already shaping up to be a veritable banquet of poetry events, as the calendar fills up with Pigbaby, Slovenian book launches, and an exclusive Masterclass with the founders of The Poetry Business.

One of the highlights over this most poetic of seasons will unquestionably be the fabulous Charlotte Gann whose beautiful and uncanny debut pamphlet The Long Woman has had seen critics struggling for the right words to praise it, 'splendidly tantalising' is The Frogmore Papers’ effusive assessment, while the award-winning poet Abi Curtis rightly praises it as 'a wonderfully uncanny treat.'

This October 6th, come and join us to hear Charlotte reading alongside the excellent Catherine Smith and Robert Dickinson at the Needlemakers’ Cafe, Lewes, an event organised by Needlewriters.

Further details of the reading are below:

Doors open 7pm
Readings begin 7.45 pm
TICKETS: £5 (£3 unwaged and claiming benefit)

In the meantime, readers are invited to wet their appetites for Charlotte's event by reading the full review of The Long Woman here and investing in their own copies (they’re shifting fast) here.


'Amazing' Sarah Jackson is nominated for the Edwin Morgan Prize

Sarah Jackson, author of the darkly distinctive debut pamphlet Milk, has long been one of Pighog's favourite poets, and we're delighted to see that she's been nominated for the prestigious Edwin Morgan Prize.

Her chilling poem 'Remains' is shortlisted for the main prize while 'Ten O'Clock Horses' is recognised in the competition's Commended category.

The judges rightly commend Sarah's suggestive layering of meaning in 'Remains,' a enthralling piece which seems to change and grow every time you read it.

Sarah has reading from reading her new work in Slovenia, a trip facilitated in part through Pighog's international networking with poets in Slovenia and the Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival, where she read her work last year.

Catch exclusive footage of Sarah's spellbinding reading at Cuisle over on our media page, and read 'Remains,' 'Ten O'Clock Horses' and the other shortlisted poems here.

Sarah's new collection is forthcoming from Bloodaxe, whose founding editor Neil Astley hits the nail on the head when calls Sarah's work 'amazing'.


sarah jackson


Oona Grimes takes inventive image-texts to The Saison Poetry Library

Artist Oona Grimes, whose unique drawings appear in Postcards from the 7th Floor, is set to continue her intertextual artistry with an exciting new intervention at The Saison Poetry Library.

Grimes' work for Postcards (see right) sees the celebrated artist use silly-season regional newspaper headlines and collaborator Iain Sinclair's hallucinogenic beat verse as jumping off-points for her exuberant and highly inventive drawings.

Her intervention at the Saison Poetry Library will see Grimes - here billed as "like a demented Carroll or Lear on speed" - let loose on the library's national archives, liberating words and phrases from their original contexts and using them as the basis for more of her remarkable image-texts.

Postcards from the 7th Floor sees this approach flourish in tandem with Iain Sinclair's pyscho-raconteurism and is a beautifully designed, carbon-neutral limited edition. For the true collector, there is also one remaining copy of the Gold Edition, featuring a wax sealed, hand-made artist's box, one-off Grimes print and hand-written postcard by Iain Sinclair.

Click here for full details of the event.

UPDATE: Congratulations to WS from London who purchased the final retail copy of Postcards from the 7th Floor: Gold Edition. Look out for more special editions from Pighog in the future.




Charlotte Gann is the author of the mysterious and richly rewarding poetry pamphlet The Long Woman. In an exclusive interview with Pighog's Assistant Editor Tom Slingsby, the poet sheds light on her creative processes and the ferment of influences and experiences which make her work so compelling.

The interview is full of revealing insights for poetry fans and aspiring writers alike, Gann describing how her poems evolve out of the "complex characters, stories and constructions," which lay behind each one and comparing writing to directing a film, "holding a camera, choosing an angle, creating a scene".

The Long Woman is a truly remarkable poetic debut and is available here for just £6 + p&p!

Read the full interview on our media page.


Antony Owen hailed at regional launch of The Dreaded Boy

We were delighted at the reception given to the gritty and thrilling poetry of Antony Owen as he lauched his Pighog Passport in Crawley.

Peter Crosskey of the Write On Crawley Blog gave the event a great write-up, commenting:

"Antony Owen’s voice makes an enduring impression: barrel-chested and bell-like, it fills the room like a rising tide. His cross-cultural advocacy for the victims of war underlines the compassion and breadth of his vision."

Click here to find out more about The Dreaded Boy and here to read Crosskey's full article, 'War Poetry of our Times'.


Join us for the launch of Charlotte Gann's exquisite new pamphlet The Long Woman

Pighog invites you to be part of a very special occasion next Wednesday as Sussex poet Charlotte Gann gives a FREE launch to her captivating debut pamphlet, The Long Woman.

Both revelatory and mysterious, Gann's poetry invites the reader into a darkly re-imagined Sussex, a dreamlike, beautiful territory where the uncanny energies which lay behind interpersonal relationships rise up and are captured in wonderfully crafted story-poems.

Described by Abi Curtis as “an explorer of psychological depths with an elegant gift for the perfect word,” Charlotte Gann takes her rightful place in Pighog's uniquely representative Sussex Series of poetry pamphlets.

The launch of The Long Woman promises to be an unmissable event for all poetry fans. Join us at the Redroaster Coffee House this coming Wednesday 18th May at 8pm to hear the poet read her work and get your copy of this exquisite limited edition pamphlet.

Redroaster Coffee House,
1d St James's Street,


Pighog is delighted to announce that 30 special advance copies of The Long Woman are available for order now in advance of the official July 1st publication date. Click here to read more about Charlotte Gann.


Submissions Closed

Owing to existing editorial commitments, Pighog will not be accepting manuscript submissions until further notice. Please do not send us any manuscripts, either by post or email, as we will unable either to read or return them.


Ciaran O'Driscoll's poetry recognised by leading literary website

Confirming our belief that he is one of the most fascinating voices in contemporary poetry, Ciaran O'Driscoll has recently been profiled on the prestigious Molossos World Poetry Portfolio website.

Based in Limerick, Ireland, Ciaran published his superb pamphlet Surreal Man with Pighog, and has recently made a number of visits to the UK to share his work with rapt audiences, including memorable readings at the launch of Iain Sinclair's Postcards from the 7th Floor and last year's superb Pigbaby Festival. He also hosted a number of Pighog poets as part of The 15th Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival, which he organises.

The profile includes a number of Ciaran's poems and cites The Irish Times' description of Ciaran as

“a poet in confident possession and exercise of his craft. [His] poems do what good poems should do, widening and deepening the world for the rest of us.”

Catch Terrier TV's superb video of the poet reading 'West' in the wilds of Ireland's windswept Burren and find out more about Ciaran O'Driscoll here.


A Shed in an Abbey? On a Royal Wedding Day?

Peaceful, picturesque and host to a brilliant array of cultural events, the Abbey at Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire seems as good a place as any for Shedman to pitch his mobile shed.

Perhaps you feel inspired to pen a nuptial ode to William and Kate, or maybe you'd just like some expert help dusting the cobwebs off a poem you've written.

In any case, the loveable literary activist will be on hallowed ground to celebrate sheds, life and literature from 28-29 April and 4-8 May, with a special poetry workshop 7-9pm, May 5.

The festival also features the strange and compelling performance art of Brian Catling, and the music of Kirsten Norrie, both of whom featured in Pighog's recent celebration of the art of Matthew Luck Galpin.

For full information about Shedman's Dorchester residency, please visit the festival website.


New Passport Series launched with Antony Owen's brilliant The Dreaded Boy

Passports is the innovative and collectable new series of poetry pamphlets from Pighog. Sporting a great new design and an affordable price, it shines the spotlight on the work of outstanding poets in the early stages of their careers.

The series kicks off with The Dreaded Boy by Antony Owen, and it's a timely meditation on war and bereavement, crossing cultural frontiers and exhibiting an unflinching ethical commitment as it unveils the personal stories of soldiers and their families.

Join us on April 6th at 7:30pm as Owen launches the pamphlet with a very special reading at the Hawth Theatre to open and close a unique one-off Open Mic Night as part of the Crawley Wordfest.

Get up to speed with this sensational new publication by reading a profile of the author here and Assistant Editor Tom Slingsby's overview of The Dreaded Boy here.

The Dreaded Boy will be available for online purchase from 6th April and Pighog is donating £1 from every copy sold to The Karen Woo Foundation.


Mighty Munster Poets at Crawley WordFest!

As part of our presence at Crawley WordFest, we are delighted to present a special free event featuring some of the finest wordsmiths from the poetry-rich region of Munster, Ireland.

With the support of Arts Services, Limerick City Council, the following three fascinating poets are to fly in especially for the Crawley WordFest:

Ciaran O'Driscoll
Jo Slade
Bridget Wallace
Mark Whelan

The event will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 8th April, upstairs at

Pizza Express,
2 The Boulevard,
West Sussex,
RH10 1XX.
Tel: 01293 531678.

With its blend of dark humour and lyrical craft, it's no surprise that Ciaran O'Driscoll's poetry has received international acclaim. As shown in his Pighog collection, Surreal Man, his work combines a killer sense of humour with the acumen and verbal dexterity gained over a lifetime creating and teaching art and literature. Find out more about Ciaran here.

Bridget Wallace is a native of Limerick city. She has been writing poetry for many years and has been published in Incognito and The Stony Thursday Book. Some of her most recent work appears in Sextet, an anthology. Bridget has a strong academic interest in literature, particularly poetry, and has been a tutor with Oscail, the Irish Open University. In 2010 she graduated with a Phd. from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Bridget’s special area of interest is Postcolonial theory and modern Middle Eastern literature. 

Mark Whelan was born in Limerick in 1960 and with Paul Sweeney was instrumental both in the establishment of what is now known as Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival and in the revival of The Stony Thursday Book literary journal, for which he was editor of four editions. Involved in just about every poetry event in Limerick, his collections are Scarecrow Dyptich (2003), from Anam Press, and Pushing The Pull Door (2008), from Revival Press.

The WordFest already boasts a superb selection of events, including Report, Discuss, Promote, a panel discussion on spreading words with new and old media, featuring Pighog Director John Davies, and a Live Open Mic night featuring the launch of Antony Owen's stunning new pamphlet, The Dreaded Boy.

Our friends in Crawley expect to be adding to their impressive line-up of poetry, music, fiction and debate over the next week, so please check their events page for all the latest information.

See you there!



A wonderful night at the Moss Rich Poetry Prize-giving!

Thank you to everyone who came to the Moss Rich Poetry Prize-giving on Friday 11th March. It was a sensational evening of poetry, music and celebration and we'd especially like to thank all the judges and entrants.

Moss, Britain's oldest working poet now in his 101st year, was unable to attend the prize-giving in person, so recorded his introduction on video in his hospital room. Moss is blind and very deaf yet still composes poems in his head and recites them from memory. Please click here to view the video.

The prize-giving was introduced by River Jones, Community Convenor at Centre for Community Engagement and John Davies, Director of Pighog. Chair of the judges Abi Curtis announced the winners and Milly Rich presented the certificates. 

Curtis said, “The poetry demonstrated a wide range of responses to the theme of 'Root and Branch', and the entries were lively and creative. Those poems that made it to the final stages stood out for their strength of voice, fresh take on the theme, striking imagery and emotional depth. It was a great pleasure to judge the competition, and I'm sure it will go from strength to strength.” You can read her full assessment here.

The full list of prize-winners and runners up can be found here .

Thanks again to everyone who joined us on Friday and congratulations to the winners and runners-up.



Take the next step into publishing with Brendan Cleary’s Poetry Masterclasses


Are you an avid reader and writer of poetry but lack the confidence and direction needed to take the next step into publishing? Well Brighton based publishing company, Pighog, is introducing a series of intensive poetry workshops at the Jubilee Library, specially designed to help writers develop their work for publication and professional presentation.

The Professional Practice Masterclasses, which will take place on Saturdays throughout March, will provide detailed feedback on individuals' work and explore the poetry writing process in depth with a strong emphasis on editing. The sessions will include personal attention, detailed class discussion & innovative writing exercises.

Participants will be taught by highly respected tutor of poetry and Brighton based poet, Brendan Cleary. His guide to writing poetry, The Poet's Notebook, from Pighog, was the first book released via Twitter. He has also published 7 full-length poetry collections including his latest publication Goin' Down Slow Selected Poems 1985-2010.

The four masterclasses will take place at the Learning Centre within Brighton Jubilee Library on March 5, 12, 19, 26. They will begin at 10am and end at 4pm with an hour-long lunch and writing and research break. Please note that lunch is not included in the price of the series and spaces are limited to 12 participants per class.

The entire four day course will cost £120 (£100 concessions) per person. To book your place, call 01273 242850. If paying by cheque please make sure we receive your cheque by March 3rd 2011. Please leave a message with your name and number if your call isn't answered in person.

As this is a specialist course reliant on full participation, part attendance is not possible and no refunds will be given for course sessions not attended.


Getting to Jubilee Library Walk: Jubilee Library is located right in the heart of Brighton’s city centre North Laine district. It’s about 10 minutes by foot from Brighton Station and the seafront. Bus: The nearest main bus stops with all linking bus routes located at North Street, North Road, Gloucester Place and Grand Parade.
 Cycle: Jubilee Library is easy to reach by bike with routes through the North Laine area and New Road and a contra flow running along Jubilee Street and Church Street. Cycle parking is available either side of the library.

The Learning Centre,
Jubilee Library,
Jubilee Street,

Download the flyer.

Download the press release.

Click here to see Brendan performing one of his poems.


Pighog to launch Passport Series with Antony Owen's The Dreaded Boy at Crawley WordFest

We're really pleased to announce the Passport Series, a collectable new edition of debut pamphlets by talented new poets.

The Dreaded Boy by Antony Owen is the first in the series, and it's a deeply affecting, imaginatively crafted suite of poems documenting the violence and loss inflicted by modern warfare.

The pamphlet will be launched as part of Crawley Wordfest, an exciting new grassroots festival supported by Pighog. It will be taking place at a variety of venues around the West Sussex town. The Passports launch event will be at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley on Wednesday April 6th.

Pighog will have a stall at the Wordfest Book Fair on Saturday April 2nd and our Director John Davies will be taking part in a panel discussion on publishing in the bar of the Hawth, before the Passports launch event on April 6th.

Watch this space for more information about the Passport Series and our involvement in Crawley Wordfest. Wordfest will be on from 2nd-9th April 2011 and you can swing on by their website for up-to-date information about the festival.




Great opportunities for entrants to the
Moss Rich Poetry Prize!

As you most likely know, we've been working with the  Centre for Community Engagement (CCE) at the University of Sussex to bring you Root and Branch, the inaugural Moss Rich ‘Sounding the Site’ Poetry Prize.

The Prize is part of University of Sussex Greenweek 2011 and Sounding the Site community arts festival; our friends at CCE have been in touch to let you all know that these events include a series of great opportunities for prize entrants.

On Saturday, March 5th the University will be kicking off Greenweek in Jubilee Square, Brighton with Sustainable City Day. This will generate a great audience for poetry so entrants are invited to come along and read their work!

The Greenweek program also includes a number of scheduled and unscheduled performances, and organiser Paul Stones is looking for 'Pop-up Poets' to read their work as part of these. Why not get in touch with Paul [with an email to whatsinthebag at live dot co dot uk] to tell him about your work?

Furthermore, the prizewinners will be reading their work at the Root and Branch finale event on 11th March. You can find all the latest information here.

Additionally, we'll be celebrating World Book Day and Night in Brighton's Jubilee Library, and all competition entrants are invited along to read their poems. Please see below for more details.

The Prize offers a stepping stone for anyone in Sussex who's committed to developing their poetry. Please join us for these events to make the most of the fun and encouragement that the Sussex poetry community has to offer!



Celebrate World Book Day and Night with Pighog at the Jubilee Library

Readers are warmly invited to join us for two superb poetry events as we celebrate World Book Day and Night at the Jubilee Library in Brighton on the 3rd and 5th March.

On 3rd March, visitors are warmly invited to write about and share their favourite books or reading experiences. Pighog will be on hand to talk about its distinctive, limited edition publications and to talk to aspiring writers.

We'll also be starting a special series of poetry Masterclasses for aspiring poets with poet Brendan Cleary on the same day. Please see below for full details.

We'll then be continuing our stint at the Jubilee Library on the evening of March 5th for World Book Night as the Library marks its 6th year anniversary with a free celebration from 8pm- 12.30am.

For more information please download the press release.



Moss Rich featured in The Mirror!

Be sure to buy today's Mirror, because The UK's oldest working poet Moss Rich is the feature of an exciting double page feature chronicling his extraordinary life in poetry.

Moss appeared in the Mirror earlier this month, discussing his sensational new box set, A Lifetime of Love.

With the indefatigable veteran also judging the Moss Rich Poetry Prize, it seems there is just no stopping Moss.


Pighog Poet Maria Jastrzebska’s latest work featured in The Guardian

Maria Jastrzebska has been praised by The Guardian for creating a play that strikes to the core of the issue of dementia.

Her play, Dementia Diaries, has developed from some of her earlier prose poems and has been presented as a series of monologues. Its structure only adds to its power as Jasrzebska tackles the effects the disease has on sufferers, carers and families.

Dementia Diaries has just finished its first run of performances at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton and will soon continue its countrywide tour in London.

Click here to read The Guardian's article.


The deadline of the Moss Rich Poetry Prize is fast approaching!

If you swept your loved one off their feet this Valentine’s day with your beautifully crafted verses perhaps it’s time to take your talent seriously and take some inspiration from Britain’s oldest working poet Moss Rich. Rich has just released a unique limited edition box set of love poems, written since 1939 for his wife Milly to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. And to honour his astounding talents Pighog, in association with the University of Sussex, is delighted to launch a brand new poetry prize.

Pighog is an award-winning publisher based in Brighton which is known for its distinctive, limited edition publications. Importantly, the organisation prides itself on its ability to discover unique and exciting new talent in the literary world.

Director of Pighog John Davies says, 'As a Sussex based publishing company we are extremely proud of the talent which is constantly emerging from the Sussex area and feel that this competition will be the ideal way to celebrate it. We hope everyone in Sussex who is committed to developing their poetry, whether young or old, will enter the prize and that they will be encouraged and inspired by the amazing example of Moss Rich.'

In other prize-related news, we're delighted to confirm that the already superb panel of prize judges has been strengthened by the addition of Brendan Cleary. Brendan is celebrated for the simultaneously side-splitting and poignant nature of his poetry, and is one of the UK's foremost teachers of the art, so the judges are delighted to welcome him aboard.

Download the press release

Read all about the prize


The Moss Rich Poetry Prize: submit your entry now! Read John O'Donoghue's exclusive tips!
With the deadline in the Moss Rich poetry prize fast approaching, Pighog poet John O'Donoghue joins us to offer his exclusive, invaluable tips on entering the competition. Please visit our media page to read the full interview.


Announcing Root and Branch: The Moss Rich Poetry Prize

Loved for his unique brand of satirical poetry, Moss Rich is not only one of Pighog's favourite poets, but at 100 years of age, the oldest working poet in Britain! So it gives us great pleasure to announce the creation of a new poetry prize in his honour, launched with the support of the Centre for Community Engagement(CCE) and the Students' Union at Sussex University.

Moss has been writing poetry 'seriously' since the 1970s, and in recent years has defied old age with collections such as Requiem For A Typewriter and A Patch of Land to House Six Million Ghosts; evidence not only of his vitality but of a creative spirit which continues to capivate readers. Read a full profile of Moss here.

To be judged by Moss himself, award-winning poet and Sussex University graduate Abi Curtis, and Pighog Director John Davies, the prize is open to four categories of entrant who must be based in East or West Sussex: 1. Secondary School students, 2. Further Education students, 3. University students and 4. General public (not students).

The winner of each category will receive £75 each plus a limited edition Pighog box set which includes a signed Moss Rich pamphlet. Two runners up from each category will also receive a limited edition Pighog box set. All winners will receive a copy of Moss Rich’s latest collection. The winning poems and the runners up will be published on the Pighog website with comments from the judges.

Pighog loves to read the work of new poets, and this is a great opportunity for you to put your work on the map! So please click here to read more about the prize, its rules and how to submit your entry.

Good luck!


Postcards from the 7th Floor commended by leading design website.

2010 has been a really exciting year for us at Pighog, with the launch of our new-look website and a number of new publications featuring the inventive, unmistakable design of Aneel Kalsi. He's been helping us take the traditional poetry pamphlet forward as an item of visual as well as literary value.

So we're delighted to see that It's Nice That, a website which scouts and curates the best of new design talent, has chosen to recognise Postcards from the 7th Floor for its creative, interdisciplinary approach.

Needless to say, the book is fast selling out with this kind of attention, so head over to the bookshop to get your hands on a copy now!


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