Archive for April, 2017

New books from Rockingham

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

The Last Walk of Giovanni Pascoli, translated by Danielle Hope, goes from strength to strength.  A crowded London launch in early October was followed by Danielle’s well-received slide and audio accompanied reading at the final Torbay Poetry Festival.  Already there have been reviews in Acumen 95 and London Grip, as well as Kathleen McPhilemy comparing Pascoli (in Danielle’s translation) to ‘Why Brownlee Left’ by Paul Muldoon (

The Last Walk – a dual language book – is a subtle and beguiling sequence of poems about rural life, sometimes compared to the poems of AE Housman or Robert Frost. The book is illustrated with vignettes of rural life by Frances Wilson, who also designed the cover.


Paperback £9.99 ISBN 978-1-904851-776

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Beautiful Contraptions

Beautiful Contraptions is the second collection from us by John Godfrey.  As readers of his earlier book, The Man on Crewe Station, will know, John is a former railway man – in management – but the new work opens up the surprising world of ‘contraptions’ old and new, and the people who devised them.           ‘John Godfrey is one of those writers who has the trick of launching the reader straight into the otherworld of poetry, with no preambling waffle, where the switch goes on directly, and off we go.’ – Christopher J.P. Smith in Acumen 73.

Paperback      £9.99      ISBN 978-1-904851-752

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Dancing Against


Dancing Against the Wind is a first collection from Penny Dopson, who has four children and seven grandchildren. She is interested in people, the past, gardening, travelling and Sixties Music. The collection is dedicated to her family and to two poetry friends and mentors – Wendy Bowker and Frances Wilson who designed the cover.

Paperback      £9.99      ISBN 978-1-904851-769

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9781904851707The Crocus King tells the story of one of the great gardeners of the Twentieth Century – E.A. Bowles or ‘Gussie’ as his friends and admirers called him.  The propagator of hundreds of plants still cherished today – particularly crocuses – he asked in his will that his garden at Myddelton House, Enfield, should remain as he left it in 1954.  But it is only recently that his wish has come true and his garden has been revitalised, due mainly to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This expanded edition of the Bowles’ biography tells the story of the new and popular gardens – with a new Foreword by Gussie’s great-nephew, Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles.

Paperback      £9.99       ISBN 978-1-904851-707