Whitmore Press is delighted to announce the launch in November of Meteorites, the debut poetry collection by Carmen Leigh Keates. The details:
Collected Works bookshop
First Floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Friday 18 November, 6pm for 6.30 start
Launch by award-winning poet and performer Nathan Curnow
Carmen was the winner of the 2015 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize. Her collection draws on her experiences of cinema and of travelling to regions in Scandinavia associated with iconic films – think Bergman, Tarkovsky.
If you’re in or near Melbourne, we hope you can come and help celebrate Carmen’s superb first book. All welcome.
Can’t make the launch? Order an advance copy now!
The Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize has, for the present, been put on hold. We would have loved to continue with the prize for the seventh year straight, but other work commitments have left us little choice but to put the prize in abeyance. We hope to reignite it within a year or two. Thank you to all those who made enquiries regarding the prize for 2016.
Previous winners of the manuscript prize are Jamie King-Holden (2010), B.R. Dionysius and Jo Langdon (2011), Lucy Todd (2012), Andy Jackson (2013), Tracy Ryan and Jill Jones (2014), and Carmen Leigh Keates (2015).
The good news is that the press will continue to publish poetry, with the next scheduled publication being a collection based on Carmen’s winning 2015 entry, due to appear in November 2016.
We’ve been remiss in not getting word of this out earlier, but following the original 200 copies of Andy Jackson’s the thin bridge selling out in just over 12 months, we’ve made a special reprint of 50 copies.
The idea with limited editions is that they do, of course, sell out. But with demand still strong for Andy’s book, for the first time ever we’ve had a small reprint (50 copies). Given these aren’t part of the original limited edition, the reprint copies are unnumbered, but they are all signed by Andy, and are all printed on the same beautiful laid cream, watermarked stock with endpapers.
You can order the thin bridge online from our titles page, or buy directly from Andy if you can make it to one of his readings – which we highly recommend attending.
Two takes on Jill Jones’s Breaking the Days: Robert Adamson’s longer, more exploratory version of the blurb he wrote for Jill’s book, available here; and the text of Alison Croggon’s insightful launch of the collection back in November 2015, available here.
If you don’t already have to hand a copy of Breaking the Days, go to our titles page to get yours.
Following much anguish (and a delay for which we thank everyone for their patience), we are very pleased to announce that the winner of the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize for 2015 is Carmen Leigh Keates.
We were impressed with the imaginative explorations of Carmen’s poems set in northern Europe – poems in which ancient ruins and contemporary museum alike are part of a disturbing yet subtly lyrical personal archaeology of place and space. Congratulations Carmen!
A collection of Carmen’s poems will be published by Whitmore Press in the second half of 2016.
We again thank all who submitted to this year’s prize, and in particular congratulate those who reached the shortlist and made our final decision an engrossingly difficult one.
After much deliberation, here, in alphabetical order, are the shortlisted poets in this year’s Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize:
Rachael Wenona Guy
Carmen Leigh Keates
Juliana Qian (Lia Incognita)
As ever, our thanks to all who entered. Many other good works from good poets didn’t make the list, but we hope they make someone else’s list in the very near future.
We also know that, due to various work commitments, we took longer than usual this year to reach this point, so we thank everyone very much for their forbearance. We’ll try to reach the point of announcing a winner much more quickly.
Thanks to everyone who, in 2015, entered our annual manuscript prize. As in previous years, we received over 100 entries (104, to be exact) from all around Australia.
We’ll announce the shortlist for the prize within the next week, and the winner by the end of the month.