Archive | May, 2013

Stewed Rhubarb Press win Callum Macdonald Memorial Award

20 May

tumblr_m9hoqzFZd11rf13gfo1_500Congratulations to Stewed Rhubarb Press, which has won the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award for Rachel McCrum’s poetry pamphlet, The Glass Blower Dances.
Stewed Rhubarb Press was founded just under a year ago by James T Harding and Rachel McCrum in order to publish poets with a performance or spoken word slant. The winning pamphlet was their first publication, and they have gone on to publish Jenny Lindsay, Harry Giles, Anne Connolly, Lucy Ayrton, Tracey S. Rosenberg and Katherine McMahon. Browse the pamphlets at

“We didn’t go into pamphlet publishing for the glitz and glamour,” said James, “so winning this award has been rather a surreal affair for us. It’s a serious honour to have won, and I can’t thank this year’s Callum Macdonald team enough for their recognition and encouragement.” As the writer of the winning pamphlet, Rachel McCrum will become Michael Marks Poet in Residence at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece this July. Working as a performance poet in Edinburgh since 2010, McCrum is one half of the Rally & Broad literary cabaret and the Community Project Manager for the Inky Fingers spoken-word collective.

Rachel McCrum/photo Chris Scott

Rachel McCrum/photo Chris Scott

Both Rachel and James have strong connections with StAnza. Rachel performed at our Poetry Café along with Harry Giles – see her blog about it here. James has covered many events at StAnza as a Festival Blogger.

New Anthology of poetry with a focus on Human Rights

18 May

The Keats House Poets, a collective of young poets supported by the Keats House Museum who actively write and perform poems about human rights issues, are collaborating with the University of London’s Human Rights Consortium on a new poetry anthology which will be launched at the Bloomsbury Festival in London in October this year.

They have been inviting submissions of poems which focus on any human rights or social justice issue, national or international, current or historical. The website asks for submissions by 15th May, and indicates that poems submitted later than this may not be accepted, but anyone with a suitable poem might want to try submitting to this worthwhile project. More details can be found at the website:

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