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Bloodaxe Books 1978-2018: Forty Years of Poetry with an Edge
Bloodaxe Books marked its 40th birthday in 2018. Keyshot mac download. This film by Pamela Robertson-Pearce and founder editor Neil Astley celebrates forty years of poetry with an edge - with readings, archive footage and visual snapshots of notable events over four decades.
Neil Astley introduces Helen Dunmore at the launch of her first collection, The Apple Fall, at Newcastle’s Morden Tower in 1983. (Photo: David James)
Young Scottish poets Andrew Greig and Kathleen Jamie evoke a 1940s wartime romance between a Spitfire pilot and his girl in the poems of A Flame in Your Heart (1986). They'll later publish a number of separate collections with Bloodaxe. (Photo: Moira Conway)
Ken Smith, first writer-in-residence at Wormwood Scrubs prison
Denise Levertov visits Newcastle to launch her latest collection, Oblique Prayers, with a Bloodaxe Selected Poems, her first UK publications for over 40 years, reading with the Raving Beauties at the Hatton Gallery.
Irina Ratushinskaya arrives in Britain with her husband Igor Geraschenko from Russia after being freed from a Soviet labour camp.
Jo Shapcott publishes her first collection, Electroplating the Baby, with Bloodaxe in 1988. (Photo: David Hunter)
Marin Sorescu trying to escape from the Bloodaxe 10th birthday readings at Newcastle’s Royal Station Hotel in October 1988. (Photo: Moira Conway)
Simon Armitage, then a probation officer in Manchester, publishes his first collection Zoom! with Bloodaxe in 1989. (Photo: Moira Conway)
Ken Smith, writing in Berlin before and after the Wall came down.
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Benjamin Zephaniah reads his poem 'Money' on the hoof in Newcastle City Centre in the Tyne-Tees poetry series Wordworks.
Historic anthology: the editors of Bloodaxe’s The New Poetry meet in Newcastle to thrash out their selection: David Morley (left), David Kennedy (centre) and Michael Hulse (right).
Meryl Streep and Neil Astley sign copies of Staying Alive for each other at the New York launch of the anthology’s US edition.
The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, opened in 2004, with words by Gwyneth Lewis.
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Ruth Stone (with Jean-Louis) filmed in Vermont by Pamela Robertson-Pearce for Bloodaxe’s film project in 2008 and (pictured here) in 2009: now aged 93 and 94 and almost blind, she speaks all her poems from memory.
Actors Ben Hastings, Elinor Middleton and Barrett Robertson in Midland Creative Projects' touring production of Being Human.
Tomas Tranströmer receives his Nobel Medal and Diploma from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm, 10 December 2011. (Copyright © The Nobel Foundation 2011. Photo: Lina Göransson)
John Agard receives the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry for 2012 from HM The Queen (and manages to make her laugh). (Photo © Reuters)
Benjamin Zephaniah performing in Midland Creative Projects’ office in the Old Custard Factory in Birmingham during the filming of To Do Wid Me.
New and emerging poets from The Complete Works II, the second phase of a groundbreaking initiative to promote diversity and equality in British poetry. Their anthology Ten: the new wave is published by Bloodaxe in 2014.
Actors Jill Dowse, Miriam Edwards and Zachary Price in Midland Creative Projects’ touring production of The Hundred Years’ War.
Imtiaz Dharker on Desert Island Discs within months of receiving the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.2015: Anthony Wilson’s blog Lifesaving Poems becomes a bestselling poetry anthology from Bloodaxe. Raving Beauties take to the road with their comeback anthology, Hallelujah for 50ft Women. J.H. Prynne’s monumental Poems passes 700 pages in its third edition. Frieda Hughes’s Alternative Values is Bloodaxe’s first book of poems and paintings. There are translations of Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Tua Forsström, Lars Gustafsson and Pia Tafdrup; and new collections from Fleur Adcock, Philip Gross, Jane Hirshfield, Selima Hill, Caitríona O’Reilly, Micheal O’Siadhail and Matthew Sweeney, and from ex-Anvil poets A.B. Jackson and Greta Stoddart, plus Frank Ormsby’s Goat’s Milk: New & Selected Poems. First collection poets are Rebecca Perry, Shazea Quraishi, and Jane Clarke, whose debut, The River, gets so much attention in her native Ireland that it sells out before publication and is reprinted within a week. Naomi Shihab Nye launches an expanded Tender Spot at Cúirt in Galway, Aldeburgh Proms and Edinburgh International Book Festival. Korea’s Ko Un reads from Maninbo in Ledbury and London. Kim Addonizio, Choman Hardi and Tony Hoagland launch new books at Aldeburgh followed by readings in Hull, Newcastle and elsewhere. On World Book Night in April, 12,500 copies of Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy are given away free, part of a promotion organised by the Reading Agency in which volunteers give away hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read for pleasure or own books. Essential Poems is the first poetry anthology to be included in this initiative to reach the 35% of the adult population that doesn’t read for pleasure. Imtiaz Dharker appears on Desert Island Discs. Tracey Herd, Selima Hill and Rebecca Perry are shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Tomas Tranströmer dies, aged 83, after 25 years of ill health which left him unable to speak and partly paralysed, following a stroke in 1990. J.S. (Jann) Harry dies aged 76, after many years of ill health; Philip Levine dies, aged 87, and C.K. Williams, aged 78, both from cancer.
2017: Helen Dunmore dies from cancer, aged 64. Her final collection Inside the Wave is the posthumous winner of both the Costa Poetry Award and Costa Book of the Year. C.K. Williams’s Falling Ill is his final, posthumously published collection. Pascale Petit’s first title with Bloodaxe, her seventh collection,
Crazy Penguin Catapultadcock Games By: Austin Adcock PlayMama Amazonica, is a Poetry Book Society Choice. Roddy Lumsden’s tenth collection So Glad I’m Me is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Frank Ormsby is shortlisted for a National Book Circle Critics Award in the US for The Darkness of Snow, and for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize for Goat’s Milk, and is guest of honour at BBC Proms in the Park with his poems recited by actor Adrian Dunbar. The lost poems of Pablo Neruda are published in Then Come Back (shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize). The DVD-anthology In Person: World Poets includes 15 hours of films of 59 poets from around the world, filmed and edited by Pamela Robertson-Pearce and Neil Astley, with a highlights film shown at several festivals. Yang Lian’s major work, Narrative Poem, is published in a dual language Chinese-English edition after being banned in China; other translations are by Ana Blandiana (Romanian), Menna Elfyn (Welsh language original) and Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf (Somali-English dual language). The Mighty Stream: poems in celebration of Martin Luther King marks the 50th anniversary of MLK’s visit to Newcastle University to receive honorary doctorate in law just months before his assassination. Ten: poets of the new generation is the third Complete Works anthology in their Ten series of new poets from diverse backgrounds. Neil Astley’s historic anthology Land of Three Rivers: the poetry of North-East England is launched at Sage Gateshead by Kathryn Tickell with songs and readings by artists including The Lake Poets and Jimmy Nail. Anne Stevenson’s Newcastle/Bloodaxe poetry lectures are published in About Poems and how poems are not about. There are new collections from Fleur Adcock, Robyn Bolam, Harry Clifton, Cheryl Follon, Jane Griffiths, Philip Gross, Selima Hill, Joanne Limburg, Grace Nichols, Clare Pollard, Penelope Shuttle, Pauline Stainer and Ahren Warner (his third consecutive PBS Recommendation), and debut collections by Nia Davies (shortlisted for Roland Mathias Poetry Award in Wales Book of the Year Awards in 2018), Wayne Holloway-Smith (shortlisted for Roehampton and Seamus Heaney prizes), Miriam Nash (Roehampton-shortlisted) and Chrissy Williams. Rebecca Perry wins the 2017 Michael Murphy Prize for Beauty/Beauty (2016). Jamie McKendrick wins the John Florio Prize for his translation of Antonella Anedda’s Archipelago (2014). Katie Donovan wins the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award given to distinguished Irish poets. Irina Ratushinskaya dies, aged 63, and Thomas Lux, aged 70, both from cancer; Roy Fisher dies, aged 86; James Berry dies, aged 92.
Heather Phillipson's sculpture 'The End' is unveiled, belatedly, on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth.
2020: The Covid-19 pandemic causes many disruptions in the publishing programme, with Bloodaxe working mainly from home for most of the year. Readings launching Belgian poet Charlotte Van den Broeck’s Chameleon Nachtroer and Carolyn Forché’s In the Lateness of the World for NCLA in Newcastle and StAnza in St Andrews are among the last live readings to take place. In the Lateness of the World is a PBS Recommendation, and Grace Nichols’ Passport from Here to There is a PBS Special Commendation, as is Neil Astley’s Staying Human, the fourth anthology in the Staying Alive series of anthologies. Imtiaz Dharker becomes Chancellor of Newcastle University. Artist and poet Heather Phillipson’s sculpture ‘The End’ is unveiled on the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square. Pascale Petit wins the inaugural Laurel Prize for Mama Amazonica in the same year that her later collection Tiger Girl is shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Wayne Holloway-Smith’s Love Minus Love is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and is a PBS Wild Card Choice, as is Matthew Sweeney’s posthumously published final collection Shadow of the Owl. There are debut collections from Róisin Kelly and Phoebe Stuckes, and new collections from Lawrence Sail, Philip Gross, Jane Hirshfield, Julie O’Callaghan, Heidi Williamson, Deborah Landau (her first UK publication), W.N. Herbert, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Kerry Hardie and David Constantine. David Constantine is to be awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2020 by H.M. The Queen in 2021. Roddy Lumsden dies aged 53, from a heart attack brought on by liver disease. Anne Stevenson dies, aged 87, after publishing her ‘swansong’ collection, Completing the Circle.
Joan Margarit receives the Cervantes Prize for 2019 from Spain's King Felipe VI in a ceremony delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.