A selection of our 2015/14 titles are now stocked at the legendary Albion Beatnik bookshop in Oxford. If you live in Oxford and wish to browse before you buy, visit the Albion! If you live in Oxford and wish to avoid this website’s postage costs, visit the Albion!
Also, in the next few days, we’ll be publishing a short video of our recent Surveyors’ Riddles
launch reading held there. Here’s an arty photo from the evening in question.
Finest acolytes! Much news from Sidekick HQ!
Firstly, Sidekick Books has been nominated for THREE Sabotage awards
! We’re up for (drumroll):Most Innovative Publisher
(for our hand-sewn tropical zoo sonnet sequence Riotous
So if you like what we do, please remember we need your vote to win!
No registration gubbins needed. It’ll take less than a minute (or more if you’d like to elaborate on why you dig our strange creations). The Sabotage Awards are a big deal for small presses, so thank you in advance for casting your ballots!
Secondly, if you’re in London this week, get thee to Waterstones Hampstead
this Tuesday 13th May
for some Angela Lansbury lovin’, featuring Twin Peaks, murder and shunds. If you missed the launch, or simply need your Jessica hit, join Chrissy Williams
as she takes us deep into the world of ‘Angela’
The King’s Cross launch event last year was packed, so this is a great opportunity to see one of London’s wittiest, warmest and most innovative poets share her darker Cabot Cove obsessions.
Facebook event here
Buy the book here
, with free Angela pin badge!
Thirdly, please wish a warm welcome to Mitchell the Cat, who has moved from a prominent position with lots of responsibility at Battersea Cats and Dogs Home to our Silvester Road HQ, and is currently on photocopying duties.
Have a fantastic Eurovision, everyone! Let’s wish Conchita Wurst all the best!
So a brief update is very much in order on our next two books
, Birdbook II: Freshwater habitats
and Coin Opera II
. To accompany this, I’ve tried to find an image that captures both projects.Birdbook II
is very nearly ready to go printerwards. We’ve received a foreword from the fantastic Tim Birkhead
, proofing has been done and it’s just minor tweaks to go. For the uninitiated, this is the second book in a series of four, in which we aim to gather one poem and one illustration for every species of British bird. Each book covers a group of habitats. Volume II is looking great, helped in no small part by the return of Lois Cordelia
, who has once again provided her beautiful artwork for the cover.Coin Opera II
, our second anthology of poetic tributes to computer games, is looking good too. With cover art by the very talented Mike Stone
and a whole bundle of computer game-themed formal Easter eggs (including what may be the world’s first set of ‘boss’ poems), this is going to be a mighty power-up from our initial micro-anthology, back in 2009. A foreword from Uncanny X Men
writer and video games journalist Kieron Gillen
, a spot more collaging and rearranging, a good old proof and it’ll be off to press before you can say Hadouken.
More updates to come. Stay tuned!
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