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New Words series launch with Eloise Hendy and Alanna McArdle

January 16, 2020 @ 19:00 - 21:00

New Words series launch
New Words series launch

Join us for the the launch of the blue room, split ends and Makina Books' New Words series with readings from Eloise, Alanna, and more TBA! Attendance is free of charge, but please RSVP via Eventbrite if you'd like to join us as space is limited.

THE BLUE ROOM by Eloise Hendy

Eloise Hendy's debut is a candid collection of poems that are sardonic, arresting and fiercely feminist. the blue room is dotted with sharp imagery—the heart rate of smashed glass, a dentist with stiff fingers, regurgitating confetti. Hendy's brilliant voice seems to relish the role of both salvager and confidante of memory. Retold glimpses punctuate the narrative, from the unpredictability of cyclical relationships to the rhythm of the things we grasp.

Eloise Hendy is a poet and writer living in London. Her work has appeared in Ambit, The Tangerine, and The Stinging Fly, amongst others, and she was recently shortlisted for The White Review Poet’s Prize 2018

SPLIT ENDS by Alanna McArdle

The residue of trauma is ever present in Alanna McArdle’s stunningly-achieved debut poetry collection split ends. These are 12 confrontational poems that swell and contort perspective, conversing with and following one another. McArdle’s words are emotional, arresting, and obtrusive. She writes, ‘crepuscular, fetid, she sniffs like a fox / screams like a fox’ – and as the ripples retreat, she leaves readers to decide which way they view the conversation.

"Alanna McArdle’s poetics carves for itself a place between insouciant wit and the stingingly vulnerable. It claims agency and reclaims symbolic space over the terrible, the oppressive, by biting down hard on the articulate nerve of the thing. I’m excited by this pamphlet, and so so glad it exists." — Wayne Holloway-Smith

Alanna McArdle is a writer from London. She has had poetry published in print and online in Shabby Doll House, Prelude Magazine, Poems in Which, For Every Year, and The Chapess, among others, and she was recently included in episode three of the podcast Poets In Bed. Her non-fiction and journalism has featured in Pitchfork, Crack Magazine, The NME, The Talkhouse, Noisey, and Broadly. Her short story ‘Butter’ was shortlisted for the 2018 Desperate Literature short fiction prize.

New Words is a new series celebrating independent voices in poetry, fiction and prose. Each title is collected in an oversized pamphlet inspired by a 6×7 medium format photo frame. The series is ongoing, edited by Robin Christian and designed by Patrick Fisher of Frontwards Design.

Makina Books are an independent publisher based in Stoke Newington, London. Makina currently make collectable books in the ongoing series’ – New Words and Makina Archive. In 2019 they launched the Makina Books Podcast which focuses on narratives in publishing.


January 16, 2020
19:00 - 21:00
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