Bad Kid Catullus


edited by Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone

Think you know Gaius Valerius Catullus? Let Sidekick Books show you a new side to Ancient Rome’s filthiest, fieriest poet, in an orgy of alternative translations. In this interactive handbook, famously sexy, savage, tender and scurrilous poems have been transformed, time-travelled and mutated in new, intoxicating ways.

You’ll never look at a sparrow the same way again.

176pp, ISBN 978-1-909560-25-3

Please note: Due to customs issues, we can no longer ship directly to Europe. European friends, please order from our distributors at Inpress or through your local bookshop.

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Sidekick Headbooks: headlong expeditions into the half-known. A blend of the factual and fantastical, the lyrical and the visual – and intensely customisable, with scrapbook and do-it-yourself pages. Grab a stylus and get stuck in.

Gaius Valerius Catullus was Ancient Rome’s most notorious scandal-monger, smutsmith and lovelorn wretch. In this interactive handbook, his famously sexy, savage, tender and scurrilous poems are translated and transformed: compressed, expanded, bricolaged, Catullus in six pulp genres, Catullus as playlist – even a Catullus karma sutra. And then there are pages for you, the reader, to fill in, in your own obscene fashion.


Rowyda Amin, Andre Bagoo, Vahni Capildeo, James Coghill, Jei Degenhardt, Craig Dobson, Tim Dooley, Harry Giles, Kirsten Irving, Erik Kennedy, Kathleen Latham, Lindsay MacGregor, Ian McLachlan, Gabrielle Nolan, Wanda O’Connor, Abi Palmer, Abigail Parry, Eileen Pun, Shauna Robertson, Jon Stone, Peter Surkov, Andrea Tallarita, Claire Trévien, Inga Vesper, Rob Walton, Tony Williams, Kate Wise, Jennifer Wong.

Bad Kid Catullus is the second book in the Headbooks series. For a deeper dive, try our underwater odyssey, and our maiden Headbooks voyage, Aquanauts

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