photo credit: Madeleine Rose Elliott
Ampersand Publishing (October, 2018)
40 printed colour pages
Print run of 250
Price – £5.00
Launched: 4 and 6 October 2018
On National Poetry Day (4th October) 'Clockwork' was pre-launched in a Writers' Centre Kingston event curated by Steven J Fowler at the Rose Theatre Kingston. The main launch of 'Clockwork' took place on Saturday 6th October at the 504 Arch in Brixton. This Ampersand Poetry night featured readings by Ampersand poets Robert Hainault, Hermione Cameron and Mark Staples. The event also featured artworks by Astra Papachristodoulou and Emily Russell Thomas created in response to 'Clockwork'.
From the publisher:
‘Clockwork’ is the startlingly personal chronicle of a relationship's end. Papachristodolou weaves a simple, fragmentary story of everyday sorrow and anxieties, but punctuates it with unexpected moments of joy and candid self-reflection, leaving the reader with a quietly powerful sense of resolution. Told as a cycle of instants and memories and composed over a single day, this is a remarkable and moving work.
'These are poems that navigate terrain and temporality, meeting with and departing from monarchs, master masons, arrays of wild flowers, grasshoppers, and bumblebees. Through the concrete and conceptual, Clockwork delivers both motion and emotion.'
- L. Kiew
These poems remind readers that memories are ongoing and that past, present and future can converge as one within old castle grounds. Indeed, the regular time checks set against a blank page serve to remind readers that time is a space to be filled with memory and meaning. In the now and then, there is always something poetic to observe.
- Natalie Thomas
Clockwork is an intense, rugged account of the journey through the looking glass and the realization that one might find nothing there that is actually useful; ultimately, you have to draw your own map. Highly recommended.
- Theodoros Chiotis
'A day spent waiting, train ticket in pocket, strikes me as an original approach to a familiar subject — and the pamphlet’s design thoroughly supports it.'
- Charlotte Gann (read full review here)
About the publisher:
Ampersand is an independent literary publishing house based in Seven Sisters, London. Their selection encompasses everything from innovative contemporary fiction, poetry, and criticism, to new editions and translations of literary classics.
To buy the book, please visit the Ampersand website.