Out-Spoken Press is an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing. It aims to give a literary platform to poets and writers whose work is innovative, sensual and plural.
'Songs My Enemy Taught Me' is a collection of poems themed around the experiences of women globally, but it had simple beginnings. It began with me. It began with a small child in a hotel room not wanting to speak. It began with opera, but the kind that cannot be heard. It began at the point at which I ended.
This is a book about colonisation and terrorism, about invasion and ownership. It is a survival manual, a map, a photograph, a song. It is internet at 2am. It is the way your mother just looked at you. It is the way the girl in front of you on the soft journey home just reached for her keys. It is your hand reaching for keys.'
Consider the name of Raymond Antrobus’ extraordinary collection of poems for a moment: To Sweeten Bitter. It’s a phrase of infinite possibility and tender worry, open and searching, wanting and volatile. And in this sense, it serves as a kind of secret refrain for us, a haunted current that charges after each line and image, each heart-fraught question (“you think you’re going / to go free?”) and tentative hope (“there is always enough time / in our lives to see / what we must see”). Here, a father laughs “you cannot love sugar and hate your sweetness” and a son reckons with all that might mean “in the scratched light” of history and the “turning / and the losing of myself.” Derek Walcott once reflected that. “I have never separated the writing of poetry from prayer;” these poems— in all their urgent beauty—affirm that faith, embody it. - R.A. Villanueva
Dogtooth is a book about ghosts. Not in the undead sense, but more as in the spectres and echoes of absent friends. It looks at the discomforts, paranoias and phobias that haunt a very particular cultural moment.
It’s a book about fear, about a background static of suspicion. It’s about the twin anxieties of identity and assimilation, the folklore we carry and are carried by. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, and the damage those stories do.
From the Lines of Dissent is a compilation of select articles, comment pieces and academic analysis originally commissioned for Media Diversified's online platform, covering politics, literature, sexuality, education, religion, media and much more. These writings deal not only with specific current events but with the larger political and socioeconomic issues that shape contemporary global society, ensuring their continued relevance for readers.
The book also features a foreword by leading journalist Gary Younge, who writes for the Guardian and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for social justice and civil rights organisation The Nation Institute. His latest book, Another Day in the Death of America, looks at the effects of gun violence in the US.
The book aims to bring about positive change in journalism by introducing readers to perspectives outside the conventional commentariat.
How You Might Know Me is a poetic exploration of four women’s lives, connected through their experience in different areas of the UK’s growing sex industry.
Written following years of creative writing workshops and Sabrina’s own experience of working in strip-clubs, the collection represents a broad range of backgrounds, ethnicities, ages and political convictions. The characters of Sylvia, Tali, Sharifa and Darina bring challenging and often unexpected perspectives on their work and lives to the reader in electric free verse and quieter, traditional forms.
Examining taboos, surprising sexual encounters, the politics of desire, the vastly differing viewpoints on sex work and most prominently, the status of women’s equality in the UK today – How You Might Know Me is certainly a fiery collection of poetry from one of the country’s most exciting writers.
Heterogeneous is the definitive anthology of Anthony Anaxagorou’s poetry - an extensive and revised selection taken from several previous volumes. The winner of the 2015 Groucho Maverick Award, Anaxagorou offers the reader an insight into his poetry career with work spanning from 2009 to 2016.
A Heartful of Fist is a series of compelling poems written by young poets from The Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors programme.
This anthology features poems from the winners of the 2015 SLAMbassadors national youth slam; as well as work developed during a transformational Arvon writing course in February 2016, led by Joelle Taylor and Anthony Anaxagorou. The poems in this book delve into personal experience; unearthing a poetry that is at once arresting, redemptive and insightful.
In this debut pamphlet, acclaimed poet Bridget Minamore explores the sensibilities surrounding love, loss, and the subsequent struggles we all face at some point in our relationships. Themed around a series of popular songs and a certain sinking ship, Minamore riffs from poem to poem with a choice selection of humorous and somber verse.
A Silence You Can Carry stands as a searing debut collection from a startlingly brave new talent. The delicate and almost effortless poetry of Hibaq Osman blends everyday objects and movements into monumental invocations. The collection is filled with beautifully woven observations that are centered on love and loss, family relationships, identity and womanhood.
The first Out-Spoken anthology features poetry written from some of the UK's most revered poets. All the writers featured in the book have performed at Out-Spoken, a monthly night of poetry and live music which takes place at The Forge, Camden.
Poets in this edition include Anthony Anaxagorou, Raymond Antrobus, Malika Booker, Tshaka Campbell, Dan Cockrill, Inua Ellams, Charlotte Higgins, Sabrina Mahfouz, Hollie McNish, Simon Mole, Ollie O’Neill, Niall O’ Sullivan, Bohdan Piasecki, The Ruby Kid, Joelle Taylor, Yrsa Daley-Ward and Zena Edwards.
With over 2000 copies now sold this critically acclaimed collection from British poet Anthony Anaxagorou is now in its sixth edition. Here is a sensitive, bold and intelligent collection of verse that masterfully sheds a poignant yet delicate light on some of the most dense issues surrounding humanity today. 'A Difficult Place To Be Human' is available to buy from Amazon or our store.