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Archive for Alec Newman

Knives Forks and Spoons book launch

  • Peter Hughes
  • Sarah James
  • Robert Sheppard

Saturday, 21 September 2013, 1 pm start.

MelloMello, 40-42 Slater Street, Liverpool, L1 4BX.

Alec Newman reading at The Other Room December 2012

 Alec Newman reading at the recent The Other Room December 2012

Adrian Slatcher reviews The Other Room 36 – Alec Newman, Nata Raha and Seekers of Lice

Even though the Other Room frequently  features three performers from the more experimental end of the poetry spectrum,
its rare that you can find more than cursory connections between them. On the surface, Alec Newman, Nat Raha and Seekers of Lice (actually a solo artist, called, I think, Anne), hadn’t much in common either but coincidentally all read sequences, and had some element of the improvisational in work that was otherwise very structured.


The Other Room tonight

Alec Newman: a preview

Alec Newman will perform at The Other Room on Wednesday 5th December, at the Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester. 7 PM start. Free entry. The other performers are Seekers of Lice, of whom you can read a preview here, and Nat Raha, who will be previewed next week.


Alec Newman runs The Knives forks and Spoons Press, which the British Library nominated for the Michael Marks Publisher of the Year Award in 2011.  He is fascinated by linguistics and the relation of phonology to metrical theory.


Alec Newman’s press, Knives Forks and Spoons.

Poems at Stride.

An article about the UK innovative poetry scene at Cordite Poetry Review.

A poem at the red ceilings.

Coming next

Antony Rowland, Alec Newman And Scott Thurston in Salford

Antony Rowland will be launching his new poetry collection I AM A MAGENTA STICK in the Snug of The King’s Arms in Salford on Thursday September 27th (6.30pm), with readings by Alec Newman and Scott Thurston.

Knives Forks and Spoons: latest releases

Alec Newman’s juggernaut rolls on unchecked with new publications appearing regularly. Latest out of the infernal machine is Paul Sutton’s Cabin Fever.


Establishment Magazine

New online magazine of poetics, reviews, vispo, art and essays, edited my James McLaughlin, Jo Langton and Alec Newman. Launching 1st August here.


James Mc Laughlin is editing the Knives Forks and Spoons online magazine ‘Establishment’. Submissions of poetry reviews and essays on poets and poetics are invited to

New Knives Forks and Spoons site

Straight out of Alec Newman’s Newton-le-Willows command bunker and online, here.

Stride Magazine

Lots of interesting stuff to read at Rupert Loydell’s Stride, including his interview with Robert Sheppard and new work by Tim AllenSteve Waling and Alec Newman.

Two new books from Knives Forks and Spoons

The Only Life by Robert Sheppard and Soma | Sema by David Toms. Available now from Knives Forks and Spoons Press.

Adrian Clarke: Exiting Through the Singular

Now available from the Knives Forks and Spoons Press.

Knives Fists and Spoons

Peter Hughes writes about the Knives, Forks and Spoons Press in general and imminent Other Room reader SJ Fowler’s The Red Museum in particular at the Poetry Book Society Poetry Portal:

“Earlier this year, Alec Newman’s Knives, Forks and Spoons Press was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for outstanding UK publisher of poetry in pamphlet form. It is easy to understand why. KF&S has been putting out an amazing range of innovative poetry at an extraordinary rate. There is a buzz and an urgency about the whole project which has made it a particularly welcome addition to the British poetry scene.”

The Michael Marks Awards for Poetry

Nominees for the best pamphlet prizes include Other Room reader Neil Addison’s Apocapulco and Other Room reader Sophie Robinson’s The Lotion. Alec Newman’s The  Knives Forks and Spoons Press and Richard Parker’s Crater Press are noimnated for best publisher. Read more here.

The world according to Newman

Alec Newman, editor and organiser of The Knives Forks and Spoons press, has a new blog. Check out what has been happening in Kiderminster and many other things, here.

UPSCO publisher’s fair in Edinburgh, 23rd June 2011

VENUE: The Old Ambulence Depot in Edinburgh, for our first book-fair on the 23rd of July 2011.

Tables are FREE

After party.

All that publishers need to pay for is transport, a bed, food.

We STILL NEED volunteers for the event

If you would like to volunteer, please contact WE NEED YOUR HELP.

To book your FREE table, contact

About The Old Ambulence Depot
The Old Ambulence Depot is just 10 minutes walk from Waverley Station, the main station. It is owned by the award winning New Haven advertising agency, and it is a regular venue for arts exhibitions and literary events. So, there will be a heavy footfall of likely punters.

We have already made contacts with local literary groups, the local media, and at Edinburgh University. Knives Forks and Spoons are donating A3 & A4 posters (as many as are required), and as many flyers as they can print, which will be distributed by a growing team of Edinburgh volunteers around poetry venues and bars. Many thanks to those kind people.

122 Birley Street,
WA12 9UN.

Alec Newman

NEW Books from Knives Forks and Spoons

Flylight by Stephen Nelson & Aeido by James McLaughlin.

See samples at

Alec Newman interviewed by Essential Writers on The KFS press

I don’t think that there’s much to distinguish one press from another, content wise. Apparently, we take risks, but I don’t think that there is a risk in publishing brilliant work.



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