Saturday, 14 October 2017

Peeking Cat Anthology 2017 Out Now!

The wait is over! Peeking Cat Anthology 2017 is now here:

71 contributors
65 poems
9 photographs
3 prose pieces
and a clowder of cats

Buy it in paperback or hardback on

You can also get it as an eBook on Kindle:

Get free mail or 50% off ground shipping until 16th October - use code ONESHIP at checkout

If you're planning on buying 4 books, you can use code TRGE15 to buy 3 books and get the 4th free. (Just add 4 print books to your cart and one will be free. Cannot be combined with other offers. Only one free item per order.)

We're having an official online book launch to celebrate the release of the book - please join us on our Facebook page on Sunday 15th October, 7pm - 9pm BST!

The paperback and hardback versions will be available on Amazon as well within the next few weeks.

Happy reading!

Here is the list of contributors featured in the anthology:

Abigail Elizabeth Ottley Wyatt
Adam Szetela
Alan Meyrowitz
Angel Edwards
Ann Christine Tabaka
Ann Privateer
Anne Britting Oleson
Carl “Papa” Palmer
Carol Louise Moon
Catriona Yule
Chad W. Lutz
Claire Sexton
Claire T. Feild
Corey Mesler
Curtis Carmen Davis
Daginne Aignend
Daniel T. Parker
David Attree
David Spicer
Dee Allen
Dennis Villelmi
Diane Dobson
Dimitri Reyes
Doug Mathewson
Eliza Segiet
Elizabeth Gibson
Eric Robert Nolan
Eve Lindenmann
Gaynor Kane
Gregory E. Lucas
Iida Lehto
J. Ray Paradiso
Jac Shortland
Jake Tringali
James G. Piatt
James W. Gaynor
Jamie Ryder
Jessica Hanson
John Grey
Josh Dale
Jude Cowan Montague
Julie Sampson
Katie Lewington
Ken Allan Dronsfield
Kersten Christianson
Kim Farleigh
Kim M. Russell
Kushal Poddar
Layla Lenhardt
Leah Miller
Linda Whitefeather
Lisa Reily
Lisa Stice
Liz Mann
Luke McNamara
Madeleine McDonald
Michael Marrotti
Miki Byrne
Oliver Barton
Pamela Scott
Pat St. Pierre
Payal Phukan
Robert Ford
Sammi Cox
Sanjeev Sethi
Scott Thomas Outlar
Sheikha A.
Sue Daly
Sue Littleton
Susan P. Blevins
Wayne F. Burke

Writer Interview: Julie Sampson

When and why did you first start writing?

Many years ago as a teenager when a short story I won a (very) local competition.

Who is most supportive about your writing?

A few close, also writer friends.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Writer Interview: Gaynor Kane

When and why did you first start writing?

When I turned 40, instead of buying a sports car, I decided to begin an Open University degree. I signed up to creative writing as my last module towards a BA (Hons) Humanities with Literature. In preparation, I attended some writing workshops and have been writing ever since.

Whilst, I started writing as part of my academic learning, I very quickly realised that through it I was learning about myself. I found myself writing about past experiences and discovering how cathartic it was to put those thoughts and feelings into words.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Writer Interview: Kersten Christianson

When and why did you first start writing?

I wrote my first book review of Sark’s Succulent, Wild Woman in 1997 for the journal Alaska Women Speak.  At the time, I was living in a cabin on Kalifornsky Beach Road, gazing at Cook Inlet and Mt. Redoubt near Kenai, Alaska.  It is no wonder my jump into poetry was effortless.  The switch in genre gave me the chance to wrangle with and process my everyday brush with nature and its allure.  That’s not to say that writing poetry is an easy task; to the contrary.  Writing takes dedication and concentrated practice.

Peeking Cat Anthology 2017 Now Available For Pre-Order On Kindle!

If you are digitally inclined, I have good news - the anthology is now available for pre-order on Kindle! That means you can order the ebook today and it will be delivered straight to your device on Sunday 15th October.

Here are the links!

The anthology will be out in paperback and hardback on on Sunday, and it will also be available in paperback and hardback on Amazon in a few weeks. Please do join us for our launch event on the Facebook page on Sunday - everyone is welcome. RSVP here!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Writer Interview: Eric Robert Nolan

When and why did you first start writing?

I started writing as soon as I’d learned to put pen to paper.  My very early childhood was one that was happily inundated with stories of all kinds – stories in the books that my siblings read to me, stories my father spoke aloud on long drives, stories on television, and even stories around the dinner table when the family talked about their day.  It was only natural for me to invent my own – sometimes just to entertain myself.  My early stories (and poems and songs) were most frequently populated by the two things that most fascinated me as a little boy – dogs and monsters.

Writer Interview: Liz Mann

When and why did you first start writing?

I started writing stories to entertain my family and teachers. But shortly after starting secondary school I realised that creative writing was also an escape route and that I could write for myself as much as anyone else.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Writer Interview: Sanjeev Sethi

When and why did you first start writing?

I don’t remember the exact time or age, but love of poetry came early. I was a lonely child and extremely sensitive. I recall the joy of reading poetry … whenever in my little mind I could make sense of poetic lines it would delight me no end.
I had this daybook where I used to indite. I have memories of my school magazine publishing my poems. As with a lot of poets I fell in love, or what I thought was love when I was thirteen or so.
The bliss and baggage that comes with early love crept into my poems and still does.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Writer Interview: Daginne Aignend

When and why did you first start writing?

I was a teenager, the time I got interested in boys and went to the local disco at the football club. I was flirting around and couldn't decide which boy I liked most, that's when I wrote my first poem about a butterfly wandering around.
After that, I wrote mostly nonsense rhymes and limericks. Unfortunately, I lost my little notebook.
I started to write English poetry about five years ago and after a friend encouraged me, I started to submit my work last year. I was very surprised by the way that free verse poetry exists, till then I always thought poems had to rhyme.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Writer Interview: Dimitri Reyes

When and why did you first start writing?

Writing has been a journey I dismissed like several other things that helped me grow into who I currently am. I’ve always written because of school and I was pretty good at it, or at least that is what my teachers and report card said. I would say that writing poetry didn’t become something that I would consider a great skill until my junior year of college. Up until this point I only had written essays of the academic variety, besides the picture prompts we were mandated to write in the U.S throughout middle school and high school. Writing became important to me my junior year, when I was taking “Literature of Social Protest” with political theorist, Barbara Foley, while taking my first creative writing class that junior year where I read poetry from the likes of E.E. Cummings, William Carlos Williams, Hart Crane, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Amiri Baraka just to name few.

I then realized writing as a form of expression and although I knew it always existed I was learning through those readings how to use the written word as a lyrical catharsis; a tool to put my thoughts on the page and let them exist as these different images making material out of my interiority. I would say that my writing continues to do so, except now I come at each piece with more of a guided purpose rather than writing for myself.