the making of things

Creasing on the Letterpress
Creasing on the Letterpress

I’m launching Hanes, a new poetry pamphlet, this week. It’s the culmination of around three year’s work and includes poems previously published in the likes of Dark Mountain, Poetry Wales and Tears in the Fence.

The cover and typesetting were all created by my partner in life and work, Andy Garside. I love his designs and this is just gorgeous. The insert is litho print on 100gsm premium paper. The cover is letterpress (and this is where I get a bit geeky) it’s 100% recycled cairn board (500 micron) printed on a Heidelberg Platen 1976 letterpress by the wonderful team at Blush Publishing with tracing paper insert and hand-stitched by me.IMG_5404

I want to create beautiful, personal things, which is why the cover is tactile, embossed and textured. I hope you’ll want to keep hold of it for a while, that it will feel comforting in the hands as you read the poems.

Hanes is a Cymraeg word meaning both history and story. It’s a perfect example of the philosophy underpinning this fascinating language – where a single word is pure poetry.

“A story is a lie used to tell the truth, history is a truth that evenually becomes a lie.” – I wrote that on a DRKMTR track a few years ago but Hanes tells us this in just one word.

Hanes will be available to buy from my website later this week. Or buy it at the poetry launch in Galeri 3b, Wrecsam on Wednesday 18th November at 7.30pm, and save yourself the postage.

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