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Yesterday’s Music Today Crowdfunder

KFS is attempting to raise £600 in preorders for an anthology edited by the legendary Mike Ferguson & Rupert Loydell. The anthology will be about 150 pages long and will be in A5 or comic book format.  The recommended retail price will be at least £11, but those who order now will get the book for £10 (which includes postage and packaging). You can preorder yours here:
We have also put together 5 money saving bundles that may be of interest:

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£10 for a copy of the anthology, which will be approximately 150 pages and have an R.R.P. of at least £11.
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£20 for a copy of the anthology, and 3 mystery KFS pamphlets.
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£30 for a copy of the anthology, 3 mystery pamphlets, and one mystery KFS collection or anthology.
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£40 for a copy of the anthology, 3 mystery pamphlets, and two mystery KFS collections or anthologies.
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£50 for a copy of the anthology, 3 mystery pamphlets, and 5 KFS books of your choosing.
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£100 for a copy of the anthology, 3 mystery pamphlets, and 15 KFS books of your choosing.

This anthology came out a shared enthusiasm for and addiction to music, along with a certain middle-aged nostalgia which emerged as the result of failing to be moved by so much of the music we have greedily devoured over the last few years, and thankfully being intensely moved by some. Music can excite, delight, goad, amuse or bore the listener – it also has the capacity to lodge itself in your brain and be heard in the imagination at the strangest times.This anthology is about that, about spiralling back into memories, about yesterday’s music today: music that has lodged itself in these poets’ hearts and souls, and which never fails to move them when recalled or listened to anew.

It has to be said, we didn’t get the work we expected when we sent out our call for submission. Whilst we share a taste for 70s rock and have differing individual tastes that lean more towards blues and west coast rock or free jazz and post-punk respectively, our contributors here are moved by different things. Squat bands, contemporary and romantic classical composers, singer songwriters, improvisers, glitch artistes and trad jazzers all get a mention here in this fascinating and engaging cornucopia which we hope will surprise you as much as it surprised us as the work arrived.– Mike Ferguson & Rupert Loydell.

Roselle Angwin,Susan Birchenough,Elizabeth Burns,M.C. Caseley,Mike Ferguson,David HartPaul Hawkins,Sarah James,Norman Jope,Jimmy Juniper,David Kennedy,John Lees,Rupert M. Loydell,Stephen C. Middleton,Ester Muchawsky-Schnapper,Sheila E. Murphy,Mario Petrucci,Jay Ramsay,Robert Sheppard,and Angela Topping.

via Alec Newman

Litmus Issue 3: the haematological issue

Submissions are open between March 1st-April 15th 2015 for prose, poetry and visual submissions relating to and involving haematology for the Litmus haematological issue. Please send 4-6 poems. Prose submissions should be 500-2500 words. Link.

Martin Palmer on The Other Room 52

It’s been a while since The Other Room‘s 52nd ‘inning’, and though I’ve already said a little about the poetry, I wanted to go on about the experience as a whole. Much like Storm and Golden Sky‘s nights, the power of live readings was emphatically exemplified, and I’m going to tell you why it was so enjoyable. Strap yourself in, this is going to be a long gush…


Lila Matsumoto: Allegories from my Kitchen


 Out now on Sad Press.

James Davies, Ann Matthews and others in St Helens

James Davies, Ann Matthews, and others to be confirmed, at 13:00 on the 14th of March 2015 in the public area of St Helens Central Library as part of The Knives Forks and Spoons pop up reading series.

Central Library, Victoria Square, St Helens, Merseyside , WA10 1DY



Alan Halsey: Versions of Martial

Out now on Knives Forks and Spoons. Click to visit the KFS site.

Liverpool Hugs and Kisses

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A collaboration, originally written for Steve Fowler’s Camarade event in London  by exiled Liverpudlian Hampson and domiciled Liverpolitan Sheppard. They decided to take on the city, but like so many, were left haunted by its history and its pubs. An adjunct to Hampson’s famous Seaport and to other explorations by Sheppard in his recent work concerning the city, this pamphlet is the real thing: Arthur Dooley and Ray Charles rub shoulders in a Ginnassium and The Grapes with Marc Chagall and Kevin Ayres.


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