Sunday, 4 December 2022

Newsletter 61

4th December

I'm still on Twitter, but it's a bit like staying in a seaside resort after the crowds have left. The pier is still open and the lights are still on, but the cafes are empty, the gift shops shut. 

I'm also here now: Do join me.

Now. To business...

Newsletter contents

1.   Aid for Ukraine

2.   This week’s online gathering 

3.   Indie press news

        Bluemoose Books

        Faber and Faber

        Head of Zeus

        Sagging Meniscus Press

        V & Q

4.   Last minute gift ideas for the bathroom

5.   Auden on the BBC

6.   gorse 11 goes to print

7.   Elena Addomine

8.   The Idler (passim)

9.   The National Poetry Library

10.  Getting known

11.  Joanna Walsh: AUTOBIOLOGY

12.  S J Fowler klaxon!

13.  Next week's final online gathering

14.  Nudge


16.  PPS (solution to item 7)




1. Aid for Ukraine

We've had compassion fatigue and now I fear we're in the stage of compassion fatigue fatigue. Meanwhile the war goes on, and on.  

The most far-reaching aid programme has been, and remains, the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. You can donate quickly and easily here. Whatever you can, whenever you can.

Thank you.


2. This week’s online gathering 

Michael Hughes reads Samuel Beckett’s Whoroscope

James Brophy and William Davies co-editors of Samuel Beckett’s Poetry (CUP)

Samuel Beckett's Poetry is the first book-length study of Beckett's complete poetry, designed for students and scholars of twentieth century poetry and literature, as well as for specialists of Beckett's work. 

Toby Litt on A Writer’s Diary (published on 1st January 2023 by Galley Beggar Press)  

Natalia Zagxorska-Thomas on 'The Camden Hoard', a collaborative project featuring contributions from Will Eaves, Julian Stannard, Amy McCauley, Gav Clarke, Kevin Boniface and others.

Exacting Clam issue 7 launch. Publisher Jacob Smullyan presents the latest number of this transatlantic quarterly. 

Christopher Boucher on The Word Party (pre-recorded). 

Corina Bardoff reading from her ‘Food Restrictions’ 

Mike Silverton’s TRIOS

Kevin Boniface on the death of HMQ Elizabeth II

This issue also features Glue Factory stalwarts Kevin Boniface (again), Jake Goldsmith, Kurt Luchs, Melissa McCarthy, Paolo Pergola and illustrious others.


3. Indie press news

Bluemoose Books

The Hebden Bridge-based indie publisher, founded by Kevin and Hetha Duffy (below), consistently punches above its weight with an absolutely outstanding backlist and great books to come in 2023.

                                  Once in a Bluemoose

This week we learned that in the past year Bluemoose authors have been translated and published in Italian, Czech, Slovakian, Arabic, Turkish and Polish. In these dark days that's a cultural beacon. Good work!

Faber and Faber

A first mention in the newsletter for this venerable independent publisher, prompted by the announcement this week of their forthcoming re-issue of the American author Emily Holmes Coleman's only novel The Shutter of Snow (1930). 

Both the author and the book are entirely new to me but a foreword by Claire-Louise Bennett is recommendation enough, and just look at this gorgeous cover, reminiscent of Faber's golden age, when the great Berthold Wolpe was in charge of their design.

Coleman's Wikipedia entry is worth a look:

Described by the publisher as 'a radical dissection of insanity and maternity. Tragic and ecstatic, shocking and hilarious, poetic and unflinching – it is a timeless masterpiece.' 

It's published on 2nd February 2023.

Head of Zeus

Queer: LGBTQ Writing from Ancient Times to Yesterday is a superb anthology of LGBTQ writing over two millenia selected by award-winning translator (and Glue Factory mainstay) Frank Wynne. Every home should have a copy.

It's out in paperback on December 8th:

'A landmark anthology of queer writing.' - BBC Front Row

Sagging Meniscus Press

'Our favourite publisher of the unexpected.' — Seattle Review of Books

'Here’s a press with a name to remember. Here’s a press to impress. Here’s a press that takes chances and dances and remembers to put in its false teeth. Here’s a press in which wild cobras wear no bras. Here’s a press in which gods undress.' — Jack Foley

You want to know more about the name?

Sagging Meniscus Press publishes nonconformist, aesthetically self-determined literature — books that want to be themselves. More than 80 books make up a very impressive backlist. See them here on the new and bracingly interactive website:

A shout out to Jake Goldmsith, author of Neither Weak Nor Obtuse, of which the writer/researcher/broadcaster Tom Shakespeare says:

This wonderful book is like an unblinking conversation with one of the most literary, most honest, most human people you will ever meet. I thank Jake for sharing his life with us, and recommend that you take him up on his invitation.

V & Q books

Two Spring 2023 titles to look out for: In the Belly of the Queen by Karosh Taha (translated by Grashina Gabelmann) is 'a kaleidoscopic and formally inventive novel exploring class, race and gender' and A Light Still Burns by Selim Özdoğan, (translated by Ayça Türkoğlu and Katy Derbyshire) is the final instalment in the Anatolian Blues trilogy covering the life of Gül, split between Turkey and Germany. Both are now available to preorder.

In the Belly of the Queen by Karosh Taha, tr. Grashina Gabelmann

Publishing April 1st 2023

'In her kaleidoscopic novel, Karosh Taha expands our ideas of class, race and gender as she loops two stories around an invisible lynchpin: a woman who defies all expectations, a blank canvas for projections from all those around her. Deftly translated by Grashina Gabelmann, the book can be explored from either end, creating two very different narratives.'

Preorder In the Belly of the Queen here

A Light Still Burns by Selim Özdoğan, tr. Ayça Türkoğlu and Katy Derbyshire

‘A luminous conclusion to a trilogy that has no equal in any language. Through the story of one woman who insists, against the odds, on meeting the world with an open heart, it brings grace and dignity to the many unsung millions whose lives have followed the same zigzagging paths between Turkey and Germany over three generations.’ Maureen Freely, author of Sailing Through Byzantium and translator of Orhan Pamuk

Preorder A Light Still Burns here. Find out more about The Blacksmith's Daughter and 52 Factory Lane.


4. The Literature Clock

If you know Christian Marclay's astonishing masterpiece The Clock, a 24-hour long film installation made up of thousands of movie clips showing clocks that give the exact time of the day or night the viewer is watching, you'll probably know what to expect with this, the literary equivalent. But be warned this is a very deep rabbit-hole:


5. Auden on the BBC

My thanks to Edward Mendelson, Auden scholar non pareil, for this heads up. BBC Radio 3 recently broadcast a dramatised reading of Auden's poem The Age of Anxiety, which can be heard here (for the next month or so):

'Auden’s long poem The Age of Anxiety was written at the peak of his powers, and is claimed by many as his masterpiece. It contains passages of striking beauty, as powerful as anything he wrote. It is written in the form of a strange verse-drama: four characters, all single, lonely and adrift, spend an evening together, as Auden takes them on a fantastic voyage into memory and myth, in search of a way to solve the problems which have created this age of anxiety, the age in which we all now live.'

AUDEN ..... Julian Bleach

QUANT ..... Jonjo O'Neill

MALIN ..... John Light

ROSETTA ..... Genevieve Gaunt

EMBLE ..... Luke Thallon

Sound Design by Jon Nicholls

Produced and Directed by Fiona McAlpine

An Allegra Production for BBC Radio 3


6. gorse 11 goes to print

Editor Susan Tomaselli announced this week that the long-awaited 11th issue of gorse journal has gone to print and will be on sale soon, so form a disorderly queue here. It's bound to sell out very quickly.

I used to have a regular gig writing about all things indie for The Idler magazine, a London-based bi-monthly publication that seems to be aimed at folk with large disposable incomes. Larger than mine, at any rate. This is what I said in Issue 57 (Jan/Feb 2018):

'I can’t think of a better literary magazine than gorse – it combines assured editorial judgement with startlingly original content.' 

It does. Have a look at some of the web-only features


7. Elena Addomine

Our guest on last Sunday's online gathering, Elena is the New York-based president of OpLePo, the Italian equivalent of the French OuLiPo movement. She has kindly sent the following example of her work, an example of what she calls Homographic Translation. Those of you in the audience last week will know what to do. The solution is at the end of this newsletter...   

    Mi son salite




    onde di catene

    e di "se ..."


    è come se

    la natalità


    mi negassi,

    son certa,

    in me.


8. The Idler (passim)

What's that you say? You didn't know about my two-year stint as The Idler's indie reviewer? Here's a quick summary of the features, some of which I suspect can be found online, if you're interested.

Press gang. On Tramp Press (July/August 2017)

Found in translation. On Pereine Press (Issue 55 September/October 2017)

Ridicule is nothing to be scared of. On Peter Owen Publishing (Issue 56 November/December 2017)

Pressing matters. On Little Island Press & gorse magazine (Issue 57 January/February 2018)

Stream of consciousness. On The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2018  (Issue 58 March/April 2018)

Mag men. On Little Magazines, past and present (Issue 59 May/June 2018)

We're all doomed. Not.  On Will Self and the state of things (Issue 60 July/August 2018)

Fight the power. On Galley Beggar Press vs. W. H. Smith  (Issue 61 September/October 2018)

Go Gentle. On Spitalfields Life & Henningham Family Press (Issue 62 November/December 2018)

To the end of the night. On Guillemot Press & Winter Papers  (Issue 63 January/February 2019)

On the case On bookshelves & Spring 2019 highlights (Issue 64 March/April 2019)

News from Norwich On The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 & Boiler House Press (Issue 65 May/June 2019)

Lots of fun at Finneganight On Finnegans Wake & The St Arbuc Encyclopaedia (Issue 66 July/August 2019)

Paper weight On the costs of independent publishing (Issue 67 September/October 2019)


9. National Poetry Library

Tucked away in the top left hand corner of the Royal Festival Hall, the National Poetry Library is a wonderful cultural asset, run by Chris McCabe and his colleagues. The NPL is now inviting proposals for their 2023-24 Special Edition programme, seeking proposals for events from a broad range of organisers, poets and poetry enthusiasts. The deadline for applications is 5pm Fri 6 Jan 2023 - more info here:


10. Getting known

Startled to learn this week that I'm among those writers nominated for something called  The Pushcart Prize for one essay ('Confession') in Multiple Joyce my collection of 100 essays about the author of Ulysses. Startled and delighted, because I find myself in such wonderful company: 

We share a publisher, of course, who has been good enough to make the nominations. I'm also delighted to learn that some Exacting Clam authors have also been nominated, including Glue Factory regular Julian Stannard and roving reporter Melissa McCarthy, as well as past contributors Kurth Luchs and Thomas Walton  Congratulations to all. I feel a movement is forming...

The Pushcart Prize is entirely new to me but is, on the face of it, a Very Good Thing and clearly more covetable than (e.g.) the Wyndham-Campbell. But that's another story.


11. Joanna Walsh: AUTOBIOLOGY

This digitally-generated novel is now available to buy. It transforms the author's explorations in autofiction into a computer consciousness that reconstructs "her" and calls into question the very nature of writing & self.

From the website:

“The Labour of Reading is at the heart of AUTOBIOLOGY. Readership as authorship, authorship as readership – and all of it consequently as thinkership. Questions on ‘work’ and ‘value’ abound. Who owns language? What is a self in words? What is writing in the age of artificial intelligence? Is narrativising a way of forcing readers to cease questioning? What happens in the gaps between language and sense, and are those infinite spaces where the value of ‘literature’ is to be found?”

–Christodoulos Makris, author of THIS IS NO LONGER ENTERTAINMENTY


12. S J Fowler klaxon

 last event of the year, if you happen to be free next Tuesday evening, Dec 6th, we will be celebrating the great Stephen Watts down in Kingston. Please come by, and / or share with friends who might be interested if you don't mind.

Also a fun recent collaboration with viola master benedict taylor

Some letterpress work in the cotswolds

Two lovely new limited edition collaborations from Joan 


13. Next week's online gathering

The final Glue Factory on Sunday 11th December will re-visit highlights from the past year as requested by members of the audience.

It's an epic two-hour programme (with an interval, you'll be relieved to hear), and I hope you can join me to share highlights from the past year in the company of Sara Baume, Kevin Boniface, Marie-Elsa Bragg, Ray Davis, Wendy Erskine, Jake Goldsmith, Rónán Hession, Michael Horden, Michael Hughes, Laura Hopkins, Alex Kapila, Penny McCarthy, Paige Niblet, Julian Stannard, Guillermo Stitch, Philip Terry, Aea Varfis van Warmelo, Tony White and many others. 

Plus music from Wet Leg, Diana Ross and Lionel Jeffries.


14. Nudge

If you get this newsletter or join any of our online gatherings and enjoy either I do hope you'll make a donation, however small, however large, to this important cause, or local equivalent, whether in cash or kind. Whatever you can afford.

And did you know that you can also donate your Tesco Clubcard vouchers to help support the good work of the Trust?

From 28 November until 3 December, Tesco are matching all Clubcard vouchers donated. Every donation will help the Trussell Trust continue to support people who are facing hardship this winter


PS Next Sunday's final online gathering will, for a change, be a fundraiser for The Barbellion Prize. 

This week I've been contacting directly and separately all the literary communities I know - publishers, agents, authors, fellow literary hacks - and I hope by the end of the series we'll have secured the future of this important prize for at least another two years. The founder Jake Goldsmith is doing a fantastic job but this prize won't survive without our support, which is needed urgently. 

I'd like to invite everyone joining the audience for this final show to donate twenty pounds to the prize (this is easily done online within a matter of seconds). I know times are hard, so any donation is very welcome, however small. It will make an enormous difference. 

And we'll go out with a bang after Christmas with our third annual pantomime. This will be the last-ever performance by the Carthorse Orchestra Players and there will be full details in next week's newsletter. 


PPS The English version of the Italian poem by Elena Addomine is as follows: 

    My son's a lite.

    I deepen emotion,

    dedicate need.

    I see:

    he comes elan

    at a litany!

    Do mine,

    gassy son,

    certain me.

From: 'Forme for me - Traduzioni omografiche' by Elena Addomine, Biblioteca Oplepiana n.7

Sunday, 27 November 2022

Newsletter 60

The author Toby Litt was arrested this week.
Read about what he did and why he did it here.

If he's at liberty to do so, Toby will join our live 
gathering next Sunday (4th December) to talk about 
A Writer's Diary, to be published on 1st January 
2023 by Galley Beggar Press. 

Newsletter contents

1.  Aid for Ukraine

2.  This week’s online gathering 

3.  Indie press news

        And Other Stories

        CB editions

        Paper Visual Art

4.  Joanna Walsh live in Paris

5.  On Frank Ramsey

6.  I Am Curious, Gialli

7.  Three prizewinners!

8.  The Peirine Stevns Translation Prize 2023

9.  Ineluctable modality of the risible 

10. Next week's online gathering

11. Nudge

12. PS

13. PPS



1. Aid for Ukraine

This is always on the first item on the weekly newsletter (which also ends with an appeal for donations) But please don't skip to the next item. The conflict in Ukraine continues, and horribly. By the end of the year it will have been a stain on history for 300 days. This is hard to imagine. The most far-reaching aid programme has been, and remains, the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. You can donate quickly and easily herewhatever you can, whenever you can.

Thank you.


2. This week’s online gathering 

The first part of the programme has an Italian theme, with Cristina Viti on her translation os 
Pasolini’s La rabbia / Anger marking the centenary of Pasolini’s birth. The President of OpLePo, Elena Addomine, joins us from New York to share some of her 'homographic translations' and a reading of “Chimera”, an Anglo-Italian literary mosaicism connecting sonnets by Shakespeare and Dante.

Paolo Pergola will introduce his fellow author Paolo Albani who will deliver his Esercizi di stile di lettura, a reading of the following two-line poem in 11 different ways.

Italian original English translation

Meriggiare pallido e assorto To rest at noon, pale and thoughtful

presso un rovento muro d'orto near a blazing orchard wall

The styles Paolo Albani uses are (in this order):

1.  Standard reading

2.  Reading at a fruit and vegetables market in Naples

3.  Reading during a kidnapping attempt

4.  Reading forward and backwards (this could be cut)

5.  Reading at a Futurists meeting

6.  Reading  at a Gregorian mass

7.  Reading as a verdict at a tribunal

8.  Reading during a revolutionary parade

9.  Reading when giving directions

10. Reading at an aristocratic dinner

11. Reading in a silent movie

Following which Paolo Pergola will read some of his own Shakespearean deconstructions, with a nod to Hamlet.

In the second part it's Apostasy Now - three former members of the Jehovah's Witnesses share thoughts on their escape from the clutches of this weird evangelical cult and the consolations of literature. Joining me will be authors Ali Millar and Ariel Anderssen


3. Indie press news

And Other Stories

The publisher Michael Watson has sent the And Other Stories catalogue for the upcoming Spring/Summer season,  with works ranging from a memoir by Xiu Xiu founding member Jamie Stewart to the latest novel from Johanna Hedva; from a translation of a serial-novel-written-as-blog-posts-during-the-invasion-of-Iraq to a collection of stories by an Italian master.


He highlights two of next year’s titles, Ten Planets by Yuri Herrera (February) and Your Love Is Not Good by Johanna Hedva (May):


  • Ten Planets is 'a rich and genre-defying collection, blending the best of science fiction, noir and the philosophical parables of Calvino and Borges.' 


  • Your Love Is Not Good is 'smart, propulsive, and challenging. Johanna Hedva's prose is phenomenal, practically crackling with energy on the page. Grappling with identity, activism, artistic endeavour and more, Your Love Is Not Good is that amazing blend of critical intelligence and brilliant narrative.'


Here are links to the past year's catalogues from this outstanding indie press. Get stuck in!


Penhaligon Press: Balchin reissues in 2023

My friend Derek Collett is single-handedly reviving the fortunes of the author Nigel Balchin (1908-1970). I've just received the latest in his beautifully designed and edited series of re-issues: In the Absence of Mrs Petersen, originally published in 1966.  Praised by Anthony Burgess ('superb entertainment'), it's new to me, and comes from late in the author's career.

There will be three more Balchin titles coming out next year:

Spring 2023 - Sundry Creditors (a factory novel with a proto-Angry Young Man as one of the principal characters).

Summer 2023 - Mine Own Executioner (a London psycho-analyst tries to prevent a former Spitfire pilot from murdering his wife following his brutal treatment at the hands of the Japanese in WWII)

Autumn 2023 - The Fall of the Sparrow (the case history of Jason Pellew, a loveable charmer who distinguishes himself as a cloak-and-dagger boy in WWII but drifts into petty crime afterwards)

Look out for all of these. Balchin is a wonderful writer and in Derek Collett has found the ideal publisher. His Balchin biography His Own Executioner is recommended

CB editions

A snapshot history of CBe, written in instalments over the years, is downloadable (pdf) from the ‘About & News’ page of the publisher's website.
Also available from the website home page, not one but two Season Tickets. The original is still there, 12 books for £75, free delivery. There’s now a 6-books-for-£40 option as well. If you're wondering what to give X or Y for Christmas, here is your answer. 


4. Joanna Walsh in Paris

My Life as a Godard Movie

Experience Jean-Luc Godard through the eyes of author Joanna Walsh as she discusses Paris, art, youth, beauty, and cinema with Summer Brennan.

Tuesday 6th December from 7:30pm to 8:30pm (assume this is Paris time)

Free (and it's a hybrid event so open to join online, but you have to register in advance here:


5. On Frank Ramsey

For any of you who would like to know more about Frank Ramsey, the young genius who featured on last week's programme marking the centenary of the English publication of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (which Ramsey translated) here is a BBC radio documentary from 1978.

I lamented the fact that there was no biography, just a memoir by his sister. Thanks to Callum McCarthy for making the very good point that few if any biographers would be up to the task of understanding Ramsey's work. So perhaps a fetschrift of some kind is overdue, one to which experts in (e.g,) economics and cognitive psychology and philosophy and statitsics etc might contribute. Any takers? 


6. I Am Curious, Gialli

David Spittle appeared on the Glue Factory a few weeks ago, as a guest of Vik Shirley, speaking about the Italian film genre known as 'Gialli' (i.e. Yellow). A handful of directorsd and films aside this was all new to me, and to many audience members who asked for more detail

So David has kindly provided a filmography (below) as well as suggested further reading and notes on culktural antecedents. Too much to include in the newsletter but if you'd like to now more drop me a line and I can send you the very interesting and useful file.

Gialli filmography

Mario Bava and Luigi Bazzoni

The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963) 

The Possessed (Luigi Bazzoni,1965)

Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964) 

Danger: Diabolik (Bava,1968) 

The Fifth Cord (Bazzoni, 1971)

Lisa and the Devil (Bava, 1974) 

Footprints on the Moon (Bazzoni, 1975)

Lucio Fulci

Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)

Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972)

Sergio Martino

The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh (1971)

The Case of the Scorpion’s Tale (1971)

All the Colours of the Dark (1972)

Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)

The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975)

Dario Argento

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971)

Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1972)

Deep Red (1975)

Tenebrae (1982)

Ricarrdo Freda 

Double Face (1969)

Murder Obsession (1981)

Guilio Questi

Death Laid an Egg (1968)

Emilio Paolo Miraglia 

The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave (1971)

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)

Joe D’Amato

Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)

Modern Gialli / Films influenced by Giallo

(a select few - there are LOADS)

  Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, 1996)

  Brand upon the Brain (Guy Maddin, 2006)

Peter Strickland


          Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

     The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

     Flux Gourmet (2022)

   Knife + Heart (Yann Gonzalez, 2018)

The Wild Boys (Betrand Mandico, 2017)

After Blue (Betrand Mandico, 2021)

Helene Cattat & Bruno Forzani

Amer (2009)

The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (2013)

Let The Corpses Tan (2017)

Red Nights  (Laurent Courtiaud and Julien Carbon, 2010)

Piercing  (Nicolas Pesce, 2018)

Thanks David - something to enjoy this winter....


7. Three prizewinners!

An Post Irish Book Awards.

The Short Story of the Year category, sponsored by was open to single stories which have been published either in collections or magazines. The 2022 winner (announced last week) is Nuala O’Connor for 'This Small Giddy Life'. Glue Factory audiences will know Nuala as the author of NORA, a wonderful novel about James Joyce's other half. Congratulations Nuala!

Also announced last week, the joint winners of the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation 2022:
Osebol by Marit Kapla, translated from Swedish by Peter Graves 
Tomb of Sand by Geetanjali Shree, translated from Hindi by 
Daisy Rockwell

I'm very keen to read the latter. The former, of course, featured on the Glue Factory when the author joined poet Caroline Clarke for a discussion about verbatim writing. Osebol is among my favourite non-fiction books of the year. An immersive masterpiece.


7. The Peirine Stevns Translation Prize 2023

The Peirene Stevns Translation Prize 2023 is now open. This year the prize is aimed at emerging translators from German to English. Entrants are invited to translate a sample from Ein simpler Eingriff by Swiss writer Yael Inokai (Carl Hanser Verlag, 2022) – a haunting novel following a young nurse working in a psychiatric unit as she loses her faith in the medical establishment. 

The prize winner receives a £3850 commission to translate Ein simpler Eingriff (to be published by Peirene Press in 2024), a translation retreat in an 18th century mill house in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, and a translation mentorship with acclaimed literary translator Jamie Bulloch. 

Established in 2018 with the generous support of Martha Stevns to provide opportunities for emerging translators, the prize is open to any translator over the age of 18 who has not yet published a full length literary translation. For full entry instructions, prize details and eligibility guidelines click here. 

Please address any queries to


8. Ineluctable modality of the risible

Still stumped for last-minute gift ideas?  

Published in Dublin on (Bloomsday) this year, Multiple Joyce: 100 short essays about James Joyce's cultural legacy is the only book about James Joyce's cultural legacy you're likely to need to give this year. Or to own.

Fill yer boots (and read some extracts):


10. Next week's online gathering

The last book-length study of Samuel Beckett's poetry appeared in 1970. After half a century the second is about to be published by Cambridge University Press. Samuel Beckett’s Poetry is a collection of essays edited by James Brophy and William Davies, and they will both be joining us to talk about the book, and the man, and the poetry

‘The editors and a distinguished team of contributors have produced a superb collection that leaves no poetic allusion unanalyzed. This book will be a classic of Beckett criticism. Here is scholarship taken to a high degree, adding contexts and glosses to Sean Lawlor’s and John Pilling’s pioneering work. Everyone interested in Beckett will need to read this engrossing book on the poetry and rediscover Beckett the poet.’ 

                        - Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvani

Toby Litt will join us to discuss A Writer’s Diary (following his appearance on The Glue Factory in January to launch this superb long-form writing project) 

And the launch of Exacting Clam issue 7. Publisher Jacob Smullyan and editor Guillermo Stitch present the latest edition of this transatlantic quarterly featuring (among illustrious others) Glue Factory stalwarts Kevin Boniface, Jake Goldsmith, Kurt Luchs, Melissa McCarthy Paolo Pergola and Paul Stanbridge.


11. Nudge

Since we started back in March 2020 the driver behind the Glue factory (and its earlier iterations) has been to raise funds for The Trussell Trust, the UK food bank charity. They do good in these bad times. Please make a donation, in cash or in kind to your local foodbank. Details here:

And thank you!


12. PS

For more than ten years Twitter has been part of my daily life and perhaps yours too. It's also supported the fragile eco-system of indie publishing. At the time of writing it still seems likely that the platform will go belly up.

In common with many I've set up a Mastodon account and if you're on the mailing list for this newsletter I hope you'll follow me there:

I'll carry on using Twitter to promote The Glue Factory and be rude about the Tories until the online gatherings end in December. 

I may shut down my account before then if the site becomes unendurable. 

Here's the best thing I can find about the likely impact of Twitter disappearing, and the alternatives.

Mastodon is not (yet) as user-friendly, at least not for this newcomer, but -how best to put this? - there's a room in the elephant. See you there.


13. PPS I'm thinking about the future and about you, and all of the 1,000+ newsletter subscribers. I've invited a number of indie publishers to use The Glue Factory as a platform to promote new and forthcoming books and to showcase their past, current and future writers. So while the Glue Factory itself will vanish under the waves the platform will opearte as an occasional 'pop up shop' for special one-off events in 2023. So you'll get occasional invitations in the future and I hope you'll join the audience (as shall I). Some terrific things are coming.