Other Recent publications


A new Pennine Poets Anthology - Fifty:Fifty

To celebrate the Fiftieth Anniverary of the Pennine Poets in 2016, we collaborated with Graft Poetry to publish a major anthology of poems,  Fifty:Fifty. This was launched during the York Literature Festival (March 19th 2016). It includes fifty poems by members of the current workshop, as well as more distant poets still associated with the group. Edited by Pauline Kirk and Nicholas Bielby, it features established names as well as exciting new poets. Costing £10.00, it can be obtained from either Fighting Cock Press or Graft Poetry, or ordered through bookshops, quoting the ISBN  978-0-906744-43-7

As Miles Salter, Director of the York Literature Festival and himself a poet, writes:
"Pennine Poets have been writing, discussing and celebrating poetry for 50 years. They are one of the longest-running groups in the UK, starting well before the recent boom in creative writing courses. The group's stalwarts, Josie Walsh, Julia Deakin, Pauline Kirk and Nicholas Bielby have been hugely committed to writing as an expression of all of life's joys and sorrows. Enjoy this wide ranging and illuminating anthology."


Fishing for Spring
and Dancing Blues...
During 2014 and 15 the Press published second editions of Fishing for Spring and Dancing Blues to Skylarks by Mary Sheepshanks, both of which had sold out in their first edition. Like Mary's other collections, their covers were designed by the well known artist Graham Rust.
Dancing Blues
includes poems that have appeared in 'Acumen', 'The Countryman', 'Envoi', 'Pennine Platform', 'Yorkshire Journal', 'The Field' and other journals. ISBN: 978-0-906744-40-6; price £7.50/$11.95 US.
Fishing for Spring
also includes many of Mary's most popular poems, several of which have been set to music. ISBN 978-0-906744-41-3, price £8.50.

Beyond the Window, Alan Gillott's long awaited first full collection, was published in February 2012. Successfully launched on both sides of the Atlantic, Beyond the Window has been very well received.  Alan is well known as co-host of York's Spoken Word 'open mic' and with Rose Drew, edits Stairwell Books.  His poetry is full of variety, and whether light hearted or deeply serious, always well crafted. Almost sold out, the remaining copies are going fast. ISBN: 978-0-906744-38-3; price £7.50 UK/ $11.95 US.

We were delighted that 'At St David's'  from Dune Fox and Other Poems by Colin Speakman was listed for a Poetry Kit Award 2011/12.  A few copies of Dune Fox are still available.  ISBN 978-0-906744-36-9; price £3.00uk/$5.00 US. 

Following the success of Rose Drew's Temporary Safety in the Purple Patch Awards of 2011, a new edition was  published, still at £6.50 UK/$9.95 US. ISBN 978-0-906744-37-6. This is almost sold out now too.

Order quickly if you want any of these books!

Beyond the Window by Alan Gillott

posted 8 Feb 2012, 13:59 by Pauline Kirk   [ updated 8 Sep 2016, 07:43 ]

Alan Gillott is well known on both sides of the Atlantic as a poet, co-editor of Stairwell Books and co-host of the Spoken Word 'open mic' in York. His first full collection takes us from England to the United States, India and places between. The journey is fascinating, thought provoking and always entertaining. Price £7.50 UK/$11.95 US.  Only a few copies are left, so order now before Beyond the Window goes out of print (though only temporarily we hope).

Dune Fox and Other Poems

posted 21 Sep 2011, 13:10 by Pauline Kirk   [ updated 3 Dec 2014, 10:49 ]

Dune Fox and Other Poems by Colin Speakman was launched in August 2011, and is available from Fighting Cock Press (£3.00uk/$5.00US; ISBN 978-0-906744-36-9).  Colin is Chairman of the Dales Way Association and well known for his books on walking. His historical account,  'Walk!"  was widely featured on radio and in the national press. His most recent book on the Yorkshire Dales National Park was launched at the Ilkley Festival in 2014. It too is receiving favourable attention from the press. 

Colin is a fine poet.  'At St David's'  from Dune Fox received one of the Poetry Kit Awards for 2011-12.

Temporary Safety

posted 29 May 2011, 06:37 by Pauline Kirk   [ updated 3 Dec 2014, 10:34 ]

Temporary Safety by Rose Drew, was launched on May 20th 2011 with very successful celebrations in York and the US. A second, updated edition was published in 2012, and is now available (£6.50 uk/ $9.95 US ISBN 978-0-906744-37-6).  
Temporary Safety
was awarded ninth position in the Purple Patch Top Twenty Individual Collections List for 2011. Rose appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2011, and the Ilkley Festival in both 2012 and 14,  and is in demand for readings throughout the North of England.  She is co-host of York's popular monthly  'open mic', The Spoken Word.

Fosdyke & Me

posted 15 Apr 2010, 11:06 by jo-summers@hotmail.co.uk   [ updated 3 Dec 2014, 10:25 by Pauline Kirk ]

Fosdyke & Me and Other Poems by John Gillham, Fighting Cock Press' publication in association with Stairwell Books, USA, was launched at the Spoken Word event ,York, 6 April 2010.  It has been a great success, needing reprinting twice, urgently, and is again almost sold out. Only a few copies are still available for £6.50 UK ($9.95 US) ISBN 978-0-906744-33-8. John is now editor of Dream Catcher magazine.

York and Ilkley Literature Festival Success

posted 15 Apr 2010, 11:04 by jo-summers@hotmail.co.uk   [ updated 27 Jun 2017, 02:00 by Pauline Kirk ]

Fighting Cock Press was proud to host readings as part of the York Literature  Festivals in 2010, '12, '16 and '17, and the York International Women's Festival in 2017.  All of these events attracted excellent audiences. Fellow poets often travelled long distances to join in the 'open mic' sessions.

We also took part in the Ilkley Festival Fringe in 2012 and 2016.  'Four Fighting Cocks' featured three poets who had recently had collections published by the press: Rose Drew, Alan Gillott and Colin Speakman, with Pauline Kirk, editor. They read from their collections, and introduced a short period of audience discussion. In 2016 the new 'Fifty:Fifty' Anthology was featured, with readings from members of the Pennine Poets.


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