Except We Teach by Alan Gillott, Thinking of You Always, Lewis Hill, People in a Landscape, Colin Speakman, Mary Sheepshanks' new editions

Fighting Cock Press is delighted to announce the publication of Alan Gillott’s second poetry collection, Except We Teach, ISBN 978-0-906744-44-4, Price £8.00. Alan is an important influence on Yorkshire poetry, encouraging crossover between music, poetry, performance, and media arts, and a fine poet himself. He writes with a musical ear for sound and rhythm, and an acute observation for natural detail, as well as for wider cultural references. His first collection, Beyond the Window is almost sold out and received critical acclaim. His new book includes many poems he has read at venues throughout the north.  “This collection of poems tells the story of a life lived with acute observations of people and place, in a tone both highly personal and yet universal... overall there is something for everyone.” (Helen Cadbury, novelist and poet)  


Thinking of You Always: the Letters of Cpl.  Hill, 1941-45,  Fighting Cock Press and Stairwell Books.
ISBN 978-1-939269-36-2, £10.00
This memoire, edited by Pauline Kirk, gives readers a remarkable insight into the lives of servicemen and women during the second world war. Lewis Hill describes the rigours of day to day life on and off base, and offers an alternative view to the derring-do typical of wartime memoires. 'Lew' was mustered in 1941. From the beginning he wrote home to his wife, describing his life as an enlisted serviceman. This incredible record follows him through his training, service with a balloon squadron in the UK, life on a troopship to the Middle East, his service in Kenya and Egypt, and leave periods spent touring Palestine, Syria, the Lebanon and Egypt. It has taken Pauline Kirk over twenty years to gather and transcribe all his letters but the result is a memorable and important new book.
Thinking of You Always featured in an exhibition as part of York Libraries Archive Week, and York Literature Festival HUB 2017. Pauline has given several talks about her work editing the letters and more are planned.

Colin Speakman's second collection, People in a Landscape was published in 2016 and is selling well, following excellent reviews. (ISBN 978-0906744-4-20, £4.50).
Colin is well known for his books on environmental issues and for his walkers' guides. His thought-provoking and sensitive poetry reflects his interest in the Yorkshire landscape.  As Mary Sheepshanks comments "Colin Speakman paints vivid pictures with words so that in these varied, always interesting, occasionally surprising but accessible poems we see through his perceptive eyes." This is a collection to treasure, and at only £4.50, marvellous value.  Launch events have been held in Leeds, Ilkley and York.  Colin also took part in the Ilkley Fringe Festival.

Tales from a Priaire Journal, by Rita Jerram was published by Fighting Cock Press and Stairwell Books, and edited by Pauline Kirk. (ISBN 978-1-939269-26-3 £10.00) Edith Jerram, Rita's grandmother, left her rural Derbyshire village to join her childhood sweetheart in Canada. She kept extensive journals, graphically describing her life with all its hardships, joys and three marriages! Rita has transformed these journal entries into a fascinating account of frontier life in Canada during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It will be of interest to historians and lovers of a good story alike.  Tales from a Priaire Journal was Fighting Cock's first venture into long prose, followed by Thinking of You Always. Another memorie by Rita Jerram, A Shadow in My Life, is currently in prparation.


New editions of Mary Sheepshanks' collections, Dancing Blues to Skylarks ( ISBN 978-0-906744-40-6, £7.50) and Fishing for Spring (ISBN 978-0-906744-41-3, £8.50) are now available.  All of Mary's five poetry collections have been very popular.

All these books can be ordered from bookshops, or are available from Fighting Cock Press (please add 75p per copy towards postage and packing). Click on the files below to see the covers.






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