At Wrecking Ball Press we are, like other arts organisations, independent publishers and everyone across the UK, coming to terms with the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our work, day-to-day life, health and wellbeing. In the meantime, we’re giving away some free content to help you get through these difficult times and that we hope you will like.
Since 1997 Wrecking Ball Press has published high quality, cutting edge literature, building a national reputation that far exceeds its size. This is based on a commitment to connecting the most innovative and accessible novels and poetry with a readership not traditionally associated with literature. Wrecking Ball Press has a strong record of discovering exciting first time writers, many of whom have gone on to have further commercial and critical success with larger publishers.
We have a wealth of digital and analogue archives that we’re currently exploring and will be posting links to here for you to enjoy and engage with.
Dean Wilson has recorded a number of poems for us from his collection Sometimes I’m So Happy I’m Not Safe On the Streets, many of which he does not perform in public. Massive thanks to Dean for taking the time to record these poems, which we’ll be posting here in the coming days.
Dean Wilson – Pyrex
Dean Wilson – Please Come To Hornsea
Dean Wilson – The Long Arm of the Law
Dean Wilson – Up
Dean Wilson – Holiday
The Reater – Issue 4
In 2000 we published a special Millennium issue of The Reater. The Reater – Issue 4 contains a 40-track CD, featuring live readings by various poets. Contributors include Brendan Cleary, Ian Parks, Dean Wilson, Daithidh Maceochaidh, Labi Siffre and Fred Voss. We’ll be posting a selection of those recordings for you here. Let us know what you think.
Labi Siffre – Six of the Best
Devreaux Baker – Nights in the North Sea
Joan Jobe Smith – Ah Memories Memories
Daithidh MacEochaidh – The Kipper’s Shanty
Brendan Cleary – The Economy
Peter Knaggs – The Radio
Shane Rhodes – The City Speaks
The City Speaks, by poet Shane Rhodes, reflects on Hull’s history and its people and is engraved in Hull’s newly paved Queen Victoria Square. Local author Russ Litten says, “The words will now last another lifetime, but their sentiment will chime in the hearts and minds of our citizens for generations to come.” The poem was published in 2017 as a beautifully bound limited edition (3,000) book.
The City Speaks – Book Design
The limited edition book for The City Speaks was created by Human Design. Here, they talk about the process of creating a beautiful artefact, something that is both authentic and engaging, and a book which is of the city itself. http://humandesign.co.uk/portfolio/the-city-speaks-book-design/
The City Speaks – Hull 2017 launch film
Created for the opening ceremony of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, this film by Dave Lee takes Shane Rhodes’ poem The City Speaks, which is about the history of Hull and its people, and attempts to reflect the words by showing the city and citizens as they are in the present day.