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World Poetry Day

Posted on Sep 28, 2017

“Politics, power and poetry” Patrician Press was set up at the end of 2012. Our aim, as Virginia Woolf said of the Hogarth Press, is: “TO PRODUCE WRITING OF MERIT WHICH THE ORDINARY PUBLISHER REFUSES.” One of the first books published as an e-book edition, was The Unfettered Cube by Mark Brayley. This is a long poem based on a...

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Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Oxford

Posted on Jul 11, 2017

As usual, it’s been a busy few months and our last event for the summer was on Saturday 24 June at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Walton Street, Oxford. Coincidentally, a street that I know well as my sister-in-law and brother-in-law used to live there. In fact the day turned into a family reunion for my husband, Charlie Johnson, as we met up with...

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April sunshine and chilly evenings…

Posted on Apr 21, 2017

Here in Italy we will be celebrating Liberation Day on 25th April which also happens to be my late parents’ 75th wedding anniversary. They got married in London three years before Italy was liberated in 1945. After a busy March we are having a short Easter break in Castelletto, Italy. Nightingales are singing outside our bedroom. I have seen a dead...

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March has been very busy…

Posted on Mar 28, 2017

We have had five events this March. On Wednesday 1st March I gave a talk to various years in the lovely library at St Helena’s School, Colchester as part of World Book Week. The girls and boys were very attentive and it was great to find so many young people interested in creative writing and in getting themselves published. Thanks to Luigi Callegari,...

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December…

Posted on Dec 12, 2016

Well, unbelievably, we have nearly reached the end of 2016 and I must admit I will be relieved when it’s over. It has been rather a roller-coaster year for me personally and for the world at large. The idea for Refugees and Peacekeepers – A Patrician Press Anthology was the consequence of a writing competition which was conceived exactly one...

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9th November – nearing the end of 2016

Posted on Nov 9, 2016

This year has been horrendous in many ways but at least on the publishing front we have some good news: our lovely Refugees and Peacekeepers anthology has been sent to the printer today. We are happy to report that as well as quotes by George Szirtes and the Bishop of Barking in the foreword, the back cover contains a quote by the wonderful Robert McCrum....

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