‘Contextual: 8’ – Tomorrow!

A reminder that Coverstory books' eighth 'Contextual' poetry reading event is tomorrow Wednesday 29th June, starting 1930 UK-time. Here is a list of our readers for Contextual: 8. We are delighted to announce that our main reader will be Christina Buckton who will read from her new book Holding It Together. Christina Buckton lives near [...]

2022 Poetry Competition – Submissions Close in One Week!

A reminder that the deadline for Coverstory books' inaugural International Poetry Competition is midnight Monday July 4th, 2022. Results will be announced during August, 2022. Prizes 1st Prize: £200 plus - publication in a future edition of the New Contexts anthology & invitation to read the winning poem at a future Contextual virtual poetry reading [...]

‘Contextual: 8’ – Just one week away!

A reminder that Coverstory books' eighth 'Contextual' poetry reading event to be held next Wednesday 29th June, starting 1930 UK-time. Here is a list of our readers for Contextual: 8. We are delighted to announce that our main reader will be Christina Buckton who will read from her new book Holding It Together. Christina Buckton [...]

2022 Poetry Competition – Submissions Close in Two Weeks!

A reminder that the deadline for Coverstory books' inaugural International Poetry Competition is midnight Monday July 4th, 2022. Results will be announced during August, 2022. Prizes 1st Prize: £200 plus - publication in a future edition of the New Contexts anthology & invitation to read the winning poem at a future Contextual virtual poetry reading [...]

Published today! “Standing Alone, Leaning Against” by Jim Friedman and Dave Smith

Coverstory books is delighted to announce the publication of "Standing Alone, Leaning Against" by Jim Friedman and Dave Smith. Across the wide-ranging topics tackled in this joint debut collection of poetry from Jim Friedman and Dave Smith, the common thread is undoubtedly one of emotion. Whatever the subject, Friedman and Smith bring to their work [...]

2022 Poetry Competition – Submissions Close in One Month!

A reminder that the deadline for Coverstory books' inaugural International Poetry Competition is midnight Monday July 4th, 2022. Results will be announced by the end of August, 2022. Prizes 1st Prize: £200 plus - publication in a future edition of the New Contexts anthology & invitation to read the winning poem at a future Contextual [...]

Upcoming publication opportunities

We are pleased to outline Coverstory books' current plans for publishing opportunities over the next few months. Excluding books where we are working with individual writers, the public timetable is currently envisaged as follows: International Poetry competition Currently open for submissions via Submittable; closing date 4th July [see here] Submission period - May-JuneJudging period - [...]

Published today! “Selected Poems: 1976-2022” by Ian Gouge

Coverstory books is delighted to announce the publication of "Selected Poems: 1976-2022" by Ian Gouge. At a recent reading event, Ian Gouge was asked which of his collections was his ‘best book’. It was an innocent enough question, designed to aid a purchasing decision. It was also an unfair one. Any marginal preference he may [...]

New to the site: readings from the Author

We have now added audio files to some of our book pages. In these, Ian Gouge reads a selection of pieces from individual collections of poetry or the opening chapter of a novel. The Homelessness of a Child; The Myths of Native Trees; At Maunston Quay; First-time Visions of Earth from Space; After the Rehearsals; [...]

‘Contextual: 8’ – Readers for our next event

Coverstory books is delighted to announce our eighth 'Contextual' poetry reading event to be held at the end of June: Wednesday 29th June, starts 1930 UK-time. Here is a list of our readers for Contextual: 8. We are delighted to announce that our main reader will be Christina Buckton who will read from her new [...]