DIONYSIA PRESS CATALOGUE

THE SAND GARDEN
by Thom Nairn

Post existentialist surrealist poetry. Thom Nairn was born in Perthshire in 1955. His poetry and criticism has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies and has been recorded for broadcast on both radio and television. He was co-editor of Cencrastus and is associate editor with Understanding magazine. He has been writer in residence with Ross and Cromarty District Council and was the writing fellow with East and Midlothian District Councils. His poetry is abrasive, absurd and cut through with a dark humour.




ISBN: 095 2234106
Price: £ 4.99 + 50 pp (68 p)


BROKEN ANGELS
by Susanna Roxman

An award winning collection, it received the Lund’s Kommuns Kulturstipendien award, a major award in Sweden. Her work ranges through the deeply sensitive to the cynically harsh in a finely structured balance. Susanna Roxman lectures at Lund University and is an art critic. She has published three collections of poetry written in Swedish but this is her first collection written in English. (Supported by the Scandinavian Arts Foundation)




ISBN: 095 22 341 14
Price: £ 4.50 +50 p (85 pp)


AND HERE’S WHAT YOU COULD HAVE WON
by Paul Hullah

This is Hullah’s first full collection of poetry, he currently lives and works in Japan. Sounds once described him as: ‘‘A silver-tongued devil – journalist, academic and all-round lush”, very accurate. You’ll find everything from love to anger here. Iris Murdoch commented that his work held an: ‘‘Enchantment that touches me deeply”.






ISBN: 09 99522341 22
Price: £ 4.99 + 50 p (65 p)


THE STONE MOON
by D. Zervanou

Zervanou’s poetry has been widely published throughout Europe and beyond in diverse magazines and anthologies, but STONE MOON is her first collection. Her work is philosophically orientated and she openly acknowledges her debt to Japanese and Ancient Greek (Sappho, Praxilla, Anyte, etc…) poetry, notably her work, primarily in short haiku-esque forms, has been enthusiastically commended in Sweden and America. These poems are oblique, surreal yet often tender and penetrating. D. Zervanou has taught philosophy at Edinburgh University and is currently an editor.







ISBN: 0 9522 341 30
Price: £ 4.99 + 50 p (65 pp)


POEMS
by Tim Cloudsley

Cloudsley lives in Glasgow though he’s something of an itinerant, having lived / stayed in Sudan, Germany, Afghanistan, the U. S., Mexico, Italy, Peru and Greece, to name more than a few. His travels and his experiences pervade his poetry. He can find beauty in squalor and vice versa moving on into the almost mystical. He has studied and lectured in areas such as cosmology and myth in society while his literary inclinations range from Dante to Neruda. An intriguing amalgam reflected in his poetry.





ISBN: 0 9522 341 57
Price: £ 4.99 + 50 p (80 pp)


TECHNIQUE
by Gavin Bowd

Gavin Bowd’s poetry, fiction, translations and articles have been published in diverse places in many countries though this is his first full length collection of poems. His work ranges from the direct to the mystifying…the latter often the most intriguing and engrossing. Tessa Ransford (Lines Review) has described Bowd as: ‘‘…one of Scotland’s most interesting and gifted poets”.





ISBN: 0 9522 341 65
Price: £ 5.50 + 50 p (101 pp)


THE LOUISIANA MOLEGRIP
by Keith Bennett

Keith Bennett has been reading / performing his poetry throughout the land for many years now and is welcomed wherever he goes. Matthew Sweeny once observed that ‘‘Keith Bennett could read the telephone directory and make it sound like a great poem.” His work is full of humour, mystery and often the bizarre. This collection amply illustrates that he’s as compelling on the page as he is on the stage.





ISBN: 0 9522 341 65
Price: £ 4.99 + 50 p (83 pp)


POEMS FOR BONNIE AND JOSIE
by Thom Nairn

This new collection from Thom Nairn was originally suggested by Paul Eluard’s statement: “I have a hundred ways of declaring nothing”, mixed up with reading a lot of Wallace Stevens. Nairn decided he could find two hundred ways “of declaring nothing”. There is much to declare here, ranging through the sinister, the absurd to sex and love and all the spaces in between.





ISBN: 095223419X
Price: £ 5.50 + 50 p


THE COMPLETE POEMS OF GEORGE VAFOPOULOS

Award winning poet, translated by Thom Nairn and D. Zervanou. The book has received the 1st award for the best translation for the year 1999. ” George Vafopoulos has long been regarded in Greece as a poet as powerful and influential as, for instance, Cavafy, Elytis and Yannis Ritsos. His work however has been neglected in ‘‘the English speaking world” through lack of comprehensive translation. This volume (360 p.) we hope will redress that balance and draw closer attention to his work. In many ways the book is a guided tour through the evolution of 20th century Greek poetry ranging through early work drawing on mythology, deeply personal experience and immaculate poetic structure, on to a deep involvement in modernist innovation (and the Post-modern – if the division exists see particularly the work from The Floor). The book concludes gently and perceptively on the life led and the work achieved.


ISBN: 09522 341 4 9
Price: £ 9.50 + £ 1 (369 pp)


UNDERSTANDING MAGAZINE (1-11)

Poems, short stories, plays, reviews and articles.











ISSN: 0956-430
Price: £ 5.50 + 83 pp per issue.
Subscription: £ 11 (for two issues + £ 3.05 pp for overseas shipping)


POEMS
by Klitos Kyrou

Translated by Thom Nairn and D. Zervanou. His poetry is imagistic, oblique, succinct and mysterious. (Supported by the Greek Arts Council)








ISBN: 09552 341 73
Price: £ 5.50 + 50 p


SAILING THE SANDS
by James Andrew

James Andrews’ poetry defies definition, dealing with and confronting experiences from Turkey to Canada to Egypt as well as issues a bit closer to ‘‘home”. This book is wide ranging in both style and content as well as location. (Supported by the Scottish Arts Council).








ISBN: 1903171024
Price: £ 5.50 + 50 p


THE FEEBLE LIES OF ORESTES CHALKIOPOULOS
by Andreas Mitsou

Award winning writer (National and Academy award from Greece), translated by Thom Nairn and D. Zervanou. Mitsou’s novel could be described as a postmodern domestic tale of mystery and intrigue, at times (maybe) recalling Marquez or Kundera… but these are only a couple of clues to a book which is vicious, touching and disturbing, usually simultaneously. (Supported by the E. E. C.)






ISBN: 1 903171008
Price: £ 6.55 + 50 p (Approx. 200 pp)


LET ME SING MY SONG
by Paul Hullah

‘‘Hullah’s poems are very direct and moving. And they possess a shapeliness and clarity that other poets today might envy. Their beauty is as enigmatic as it is straightforward”
– John Bailey.





ISBN: 1903171016
Price: £ 5.50 + 50 p


BOY AND BAGGAGE
by Robert Leach

An original collection. (Supported by the Scottish Arts Council)








ISBN: 1 903171 03 2
Price: £ 5.50 + 50 p


ARCHITECTURE OF THE INTIMATE SPACES, A SIMPLE METHOD OF THREE
by Alexander Stamatis

Two unique collections. Highly original poetry, rich in metaphor and symbolism. (Supported by the E.E.C)







ISBN: 1 903171 05 9
Price: £ 6.50 + 50 p


CONVERSATIONS BEFORE THE END OF TIME
by David Grubb

A collection of poetry, both esoteric and stubbornly realistic. (Supported by SAC).








ISBN: 1 903171 04 0
Price: £ 5.50 + 50 p


THE ROYAL TOWN OF THE BALCONY, EARTH AND AGAIN
by Athina Papadaki







ISBN: 1 1903171-06-7
Price: £ 6.50


PALE ALMOST WHITE, SLEEPLESS IN THE SKIES
by Athina Papadaki

Surrealistic, imagistic poetry, combining everyday imagery and philosophical thinking. Translated by D. Zervanou and Thom Nairn. (Supported by the EEC)


ISBN: 1 903171-09-1
Price: £ 6.50


NAVIGATION FOR INNOCENTS
by Stuart Campbell

A collection in English and Scots. Allusive, rich in metaphor, abstract and polemical poetry. (Supported by the SAC)








ISBN: 1 903171-07-05
Price: £ 5.50


PSYCHOSTASIA
by Byron Leodaris

Leodaris is an award winning poet (1stNational Academy award from Greece). Leodaris writes with powerful conviction of the evils of war and that people must aspire to build a better world. Leodaris is a philosophic poet concentrating on socio-political issues, as well as intense personal experiences. Alexis Stamatis stated, that he is the finest living Greek poet. (Supported by the EU)







ISBN: 1-903171-14-8
Price: £ 6.50 + £ 1 pp (197 p)


ON THE SALTY EARTH – FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
by Byron Leodaris

Award winning poet, his themes in these books are often biblical while remaining highly pertinent to the contemporary world. (Supported by the EEC)









ISBN: 1-903-171-13-X
Price: £ 6.50 (148 p)


LIKE WORDS – THE BODY WITHOUT A PASSKEY
by Zefi Daraki

Zefi Daraki is widely recognised as an impressive contemporary poet. She is the poet of parallel monologues, of solitude, of absurdity, of the unsaid, she works in the domain of feelings and pinpoints ‘‘love” as a driving force in life, which redeems. Love leads to freedom. Her world is the world of dreams, of the unattainable – and of fear. (Supported by the EEC)








ISBN: 1-903171-12-1
Price: £ 6.50 (61 pp)


THE SECRET BURIAL OF ELEONORA TILSEN-15 OCTOBER 1960
by Nikos Davvetas

One of Greece’s most accomplished poets, his poetry is fine, sensitive, utilising themes from the holocaust, every day life. (Supported by the EEC)








ISBN: 1-903171-10-5
Price: £ 6.50 (108 pp)


THE DENSE NOW
by Alexis Stamatis

One of the finest Greek poets of his generation, his poetry can be obscure, philosophical, abstract, imagistic, rich in metaphor, (winner of the Vrettakou award), his books have been translated in most European languages. (Supported by the EEC)





ISBN: 1-903171-11-3
Price: £ 6.50


THE STREET
by Claire Angelidou

A Cypriot writer, who has published seven collections of poetry. In 1991 she was elected Minister of Culture and Education in Cyprus. The Street is a vivid autobiographical account of her early years in Cyprus before the Turkish invasion of 1974. (Sup by the ministry of culture in Greece)







ISBN: 1-903171-15-6
Price: £5.60


POEMS FOR BONNIE AND JOSIE
by Thom Nairn, translated into Greek by D. Zervanou

Thom Nairn is a highly respected poet, his poems show a love of nature, the city and the mind. They are philosophical, absurd, rich in metaphor. (Supported by the EEC)








ISBN: 1 903171-08-3
Price: 10.40 euros


HOLD HANDS AMONG THE ATOMS – DEMON
by Edwin Morgan, translated into Greek by D. Zervanou and Thom Nairn

Edwin Morgan is the poet laureate of Glasgow, and indisputably the greatest living Scottish poet. (Supported by the EEC)








ISBN: 1903171164
Price: 10.40 euros (109 pp)


CHAGALL TAKES A FALL
by Thom Nairn

In Cencrastus, Dennis O’Donnell highly recommended Thom Nairn’s work. In this collection he ventures into regions formerly unexplored. (Supported by the Scottish Arts Council)









MISSING


Darkness
Heavy and wide as silence.
The mirrors interface slyly,
Walls clear with light,
A dream of dawn
Swept clean.
In city parks
Leaves shuffle up to the brush,
Itself dead wood.
Death on death
Makes the rush of a living sea.
Animal eyes and touch,
Slow steps wandering:
So many things are just a long walk
Around so much motion,
Turmoil.
When traffic moves like slush,
Snow around an anvil’s neck,
Cities are just lizards,
Can’t shake off their tails.
Autumn comes down as a shell
And trees go out like lights.
In a night without landscape
Dreaming of driven moons,
Chasing lost rooms and lives
That have become something different,
Something warm and wild
In a different constellation.

– Thom Nairn

ISBN: 978-1-903171-18-9
Price: £ 6.50 + £ 1 postage


RATTLE SNAKE ROAD
by Tom Bryan

It’s a carefully crafted collection, a stepping stone in his unrelenting progress. (Supported by the Scottish Arts Council)








ISBN: 978-1-903171-17-2
Price: £ 6.50 + £ 1 postage


IMAGINING SEALS
by Susanna Roxman

In Chapman, Sarah Bryant says: “…she is full of wisdom and perceptive observation…”

In Understanding magazine Charlie Orr says: “…a deeply thoughtful writer…” (Supported by the Scottish Arts Council).






ISBN: 978-1-903171-19-6
Price: £ 6.50 + £ 1 postage


SOUR CREAM 
by Robert Leach

In Cencrastus, Dennis O’Donnell wrote: “It’s just superb… It’s a long time since I got so enthused over a new collection…” (Supported by the Scottish Arts Council)








ISBN: 978-1-903171-20-2
Price: £ 6.50 + £ 1 postage


THE OTHERS
by Natasha Hadjidaki

The OTHERS is a unique territory, it is at once striking and illusive. It bears no comparison to any other poet and is a starting reminder of just why poetry is so important. (Supported by the European Commission)








ISBN: 978- 1 903171-21-9
Price: £ 6.50 + £ 1 postage


THE INDECIPHERABLE COLOURS OF THE END
by Manolis Pratikakis

Manolis is a Cretan whose work is vivid, perceptive and often verges on what might be termed neo-realistic. Perhaps what is most distinctive in these poems is the clarity of his perception and precision in his utilisation of imagery and concisely compressed themes. (Sup by EU)






ISBN: 978-1-903171-23-3
Price: £ 6.50 + £ 1 postage


TOWARDS THE WEST OR THE WOUNDED ANGEL
by Evangelia Papachristou-Panou

Evangelia has published innumerable collections of poetry in her native Greece. This collection moves violently from the subjective to the objective. She conjures and delves into arcane and elusive waves of consciousness. (Supported by the European commission).





ISBN: 978 1-903171-54-0
Price: £ 6.50 + £ 1 postage


VISIT TO A SENILE OLD MAN
by Kostas Mavroudis

This collection almost defies definition, it could be categorised as a post-modernist novel or more succinctly a sustained prose poem. The work can move through moments of calm reflection and intense flashes of emotion. His style bears a remarkable similarity to Rimbaud’s. (Supported by the European Commission)







ISBN: 978 1-903171-22-6
Price: £ 6.50 + £ 1 postage


THE SHREW SORCERESS AND THE BOGOMILS
by Kostas Valetas

His publications are innumerable ranging through short stories, novels and plays. K. Valetas can encapsulate a character or a scenario with the minimum effort. His stories stay in your mind and give possibilities for speculation. (Supported by the European Commission)






ISBN: 978 1-903171-26-4
Price: £ 6.50 + £ 1 postage


SKIES OF SAND
by D.Smith

A poetry collection. “Form and Image are the natural weapons of D. Smith, her pictures are beautiful and dangerous”, writes Catherine Nicolopoulou in the magazine Greece in Print.. Richard Ball writes in the Pembroke magazine Vol 32 ofthe University of North Carolina “It is possible that this style of writing of compressed phraseology will be the mainstream practice of the next century.” “The poems are very tightly written, deeply philosophical pieces.”
– Richard Ball





VOID

We have no bags
and no tickets
in buses with no conductors
and the bus stops are full

– D. Smith

MY MOTHER’S BLAME

I threw the cards down
“It was enough I had to go”
My mother came, picked them up
Off the floor and looked at me
With blame in her look
Like someone returning after years
With the same expression.

– D. Smith

I WAS YOUR DARLING

For you, I was your darling
Your little girl
Then you started misreading me
You placed me
on this uncomfortable seat
And I am still there…

– D. Smith

ISBN: 978-1-903171-25-7
Price: £ 6.50


SADNESS BURNS OUR SHADOWS
by Zefi Daraki

Zefi Daraki is widely recognised as an impressive contemporary poet. Her world is the world of dreams, of the unattainable – and of fear. (Supported by the EC)








ISBN: 978-1-903171-43-9
Price: £ 9.50


WE’RE NEVER ALONE
by Alexis Stamatis

One of the finest Greek poets of his generation, his poetry can be obscure, philosophical, abstract, imagistic, rich in metaphor, (winner of the Vrettakou award), his books have been translated in most European languages. (Supported by the EU)








DICKINSON’S SQUIRREL

I am content that in order to build a life
I had to break it
thirsty but still thriving in my sentence –
held in low esteem
with this oppression dragging me down
I am content to have saved
the last burning drop to soak me deep inside
a blind companion leading me
back
to the word and to sorrow
I am content that
– even this late –
I have lifted the veil
– invented painted –
and I – alive
saw how life seems stripped bare
Now that I stretch my profits in time
a squirrel from another continent
– like those of Dickinson –
moves its tail gracefully saying:
“Let the dogs bark
the caravan is passing”
Here
in my small desert
another creature
also poetic
lies by me
and whispers tenderly
“You were lost when I loved you
but now I am winning you”.

-Alexis Stamatis

ISBN: 978 -1-903171-32-5
Price: £ 9.50


THE STONE OPERATION
by Stuart Campbell

Acollection in English and Scots. Allusive, rich in metaphor, abstract and polemical poetry. (Supported by the SAC)








ISBN: 978 1-903171-35-6
Price: £ 9.50


UNTIL
by Byron Leodaris

Byron is a poet much concerned with moral values and urges poets “to leave behind a radiant skeleton, so that the coming children may have cause to sing” Kimon Friar writes that in his early poetry he tries to convince himself that “his hope of life, this hope of love, cannot be healed by any death”,”that tomorrow will shine with humanity”.
Leodaris writes with powerful conviction of the evils of war and that people must aspire to build a better world. Leodaris received the Greek National Prize for his poetry. (Sup by EU)







Why did you call me and why did I return
It was good I was leaving and that worldly affairs led me to the door
bearing no malice
all I didn’t want to do I did
all I didn’t want to become I became
My attachments have been detached from whatever I was attached to but
still they accompany me
Why did you call me and why did I return
like a tear which repented and never ran
Why do I now have to move backwards through all this desertion
an old poet persecuted by his verses
and no longer known to my past once more entering relationships with whatever happened
Connecting with what? Searching for what?
What invisible depth
what mythical youth?
After an accomplished destiny another destiny
after the fullness of time another time?
This is no longer a disturbance of the spirit
My material world was disrupted
and will find no rest in the centuries to come

– Byron Leodaris

ISBN: 978-1-903171-33-2
Price: ₤ 9.50


PRECIOUS OBLIVION
by Anthony Fostieris, translated by D. Zervanou and Thom Nairn

A. Fostieris has published many volumes of poetry. His work has been  translated from Paris to Buenos Aires. This is the first translation of Precious Oblivion into English, this collection received the Greek state award for poetry. (Sup by EU)






WORDS MELT FIRST

Now you really don’t remember
What square means,
What coffee is.
The key in the keyhole
At three o’clock in the morning.
What night means.
They were never sweet
But like sugar
in a sip of water
The words melted.
It didn’t even take
three seconds.
Let alone three years.

– Anthony Fostieris

ISBN: 978 1 903171 31 8
Price: ₤ 9.50


MIRRORS
by D. Zervanou

A collection of plays. The plays gathered here have all been performed in Edinburgh and have received widespread critical recognition.







ISBN: 978 1 903171 41 7
Price: ₤ 9.50


THE GRAND GUEST HOUSE
by Manolis Pratikakis, translated by Thom Nairn and D. Zervanou.

A collection of poetry. (Supported by the EU). Manolis Pratikakis has received the Greek  state award for his poetry His scenarios encompass surgical dialogue, speculation, scenes from the streets in Athens and on to explore the works of Paul Klee and each in his own distinctive style.

HERDS OF DINOSAURS (and other prehistoric creatures) rush towards Hiera Street and Lamia to escape. They leave on their days off and over the holidays. What an invitation to join the missing; what passion for a cursed escape. The famous city empties (read, “gas-chamber”). From scaly glass windows (folding in the Darwinian way) we see them as they set off on picnics, to country houses or to their small home towns. They leave in search of distraction. They smile like those who have escaped asphyxiation.(Despite all that, beneath the boot the trunks of exhaust fumes bark). They leave as soon as they have relieved their hands of the press from their last day. They escape as if they were excursionists. But, by the time the travellers reach their yards the invisible monsters (invisible because their optical field is so accustomed to them) have already destroyed them. Strange! Without resistance and without any trace of any struggle. The monsters drug Trojan horses from rock-caves (all with such a historic veneer; like galvanised domestic animals). All as if long prepared for sacrifice. Most notably, like collaborators in a self-service charnel-house. All of this takes place soundlessly and with tact in a cheerful, genocidal ambience (as if they’re united by the bonds of mutual catastrophe). Soundlessly and with tact they are taken, out there in the country, to be digested. They are taken to insouciant places and trampled down. But afterwards, they place their idols in the same position, the travellers return (as renowned effigies – as apparently perfect as any of those at Madame Tussaud’s in rainy London.)Ah! How quickly the festivities ended. How easily the dead can be fooled by bagpipes and transistors! All planning new excursions to the haunted houses of their birth places. Where relatives receive them (clearly) with wariness. Thinking as they embrace: “Damn! These people seem like strangers, are they possessed by demons?” And the rotten windows give off an empty laughter.

ISBN: 978 1 903171 28 8
Price: ₤ 9.50


WATER
by Manolis Pratikakis, translated by Thom Nairn and D. Zervanou.

A collection of poetry (supported by the EU). This collection received the Greek state award for poetry in 2003.

The critic Anne Katsiyianni has written: “In this collection WATER M. Pratikakis embraces the philosophy of Empedocles and tries to poetically represent the cycles of change. He places emphasis on the marriage of the perishable and imperishable, changeable and unchangeable, the timely and untimely…”.

                                         

It spreads in all directions. It has no front or back, no left or right. Circle; loop, deficient sphere. Its circularity creates instant horizons. Loops in the dust of meanings. Like a diaphanous spider it has faces and limbs everywhere. It is all directions and interpretations at once. Not one after the other but in chorus: “all at the same time”. In short, it is found in ceaseless experiment. In a continuous trial. In a comic festival of naked, dancing, boys. (It tries – moving backwards – to persuade us that it crawls on its shiny knees). Don’t you think it has something of unimaginable lightness in the complacence of  its simple mind?  Something akin to damage in its watery ball-bearings? Like an insane explosion escaping form in that crazed, cold festival?But see it now: it is contorted in concentric circles, following the rules of geometry faithfully. It is the unfailing eye of the spirit-level. Hidden in the grass, whispering invisible. Quail or snake? At other times it enters through imperceptible entrances, through heavy walls, through unassailable city walls, and leaves its shadow on the plaster. Sinister. It stresses that somewhere near there Demon lies in wait.

– Manolis Pratikakis

ISBN: 978 1 903171 27 1
Price: ₤ 9.50


BEYOND HISTORY
by Kyriakos Charalabides, translated by Thom Nairn and D. Zervanou.

A collection of poetry (supported by the EU). K. Charalambides is a highly distinguished poet. He is a recipient of numerous literary awards, such as the Greek National prize for poetry for his collection BEYOND HISTORY, as well as the Athens academy prize and the State prize for poetry in Cyprus. His work is broad-based and embraces a wide range of metaphor, image and subject as well as historical reference all of which are exemplified in the present collection.





ABOUT THE BRANCH OF AN OLIVE TREE

Holding the divine laws
in his quiver
with the branch of an olive tree plucked
from the deathbed of history,
the enemy waits at the gates,
luxury attracts punishment
(no word as far as repentance  is concerned).
Careful: evil it seems is not crafted by hand.
In order to proscribe godless actions
the godless must be proscribed.
in order to proscribe the godless
the place where it took place should never have existed.
A false dog guards a false fence.
Cyprus doesn’t exist; it has been abolished
as a place of tragedy.

(May 1993)

ISBN: 978 1 903171 30 1
Price: ₤ 9.50


THE MIRROR OF THE SOUL
by Claire Angelidou

A Cypriot poet, collection of poems. In this collection C. Angelidou expresses her bitterness about the Turkish invasion and the loss of her home city Ammohostos.









Here all around my town,
they unrolled the barbed wire
and bolted it firmly in place.
She watched them
in a strange way
with her blue eyes
in tears.
Only one swallow
greeted her.
A lizard dared to look at her
but
a cloud obscured the sun.
Why is the day so bright?
So much evil,
so much pain,
such fear.
such sorrow.
Why/ Asked
the Sun.
Why? Asked
the birds.
No Reply!

ISBN: 978-1- 903171-36-3
Price: £ 9.50


VANILLA SUMMER – POETRY COLLECTION
by Lis Lee

“Pebble” by Lis Lee, New Writing Scotland is always a treasure-trove of work by both established and new voices.” Poem of the week.

The Scotsman

“My Father Had One Eye”, surfaced slowly, from its deceptively simple, direct language, to become a rather astonishing conjunction of quiet rhyme, violent story and subtle tone-progression that culminated in the wonderfully angry image of the ending.”

“Genie and Metaphor”. “I really enjoyed the poems, particularly the way themes seem to flow from poem to poem.”

John Glenday

Lis Lee lives and writes in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. She was born in England of Anglo/Irish/Spanish descent but has lived in Scotland the ma-jority of her adult life. She has also lived on the Isle of Mull which contin-ues to influence her writing. Her work has been published in several Scot-tish literary magazines and anthologies. Lis Lee has appeared in New Writ-ing Scotland on three occasions. She was awarded a Scottish Arts Council New Writer’s Bursary in 2004. A small number of poems, “Genie and Metaphor”, were first published in Australia. They are included in her col-lection, Sob Sister, which was published by Selkirk Lapwing Press in 2005.

KETTLE LEAD

They boiled water over an open fire
and yet when life and death
of St. Kilda is told again in a village hall,
the beautiful bleak islands are out of sight,
until a kettle lead powers the projector
and jagged rocks are flung against a wall,
smoothing out desperate three-D lives.

– Lis Lee

ISBN: 978-1-903171-39-4
Price: £ 9.50


SKY BURIAL – POETRY COLLECTION
by Thom Nairn

Thom Nairn was born in Perthshire. He has published three previous collections of poetry and many works of translation. His collections of poetry are: The Sand Garden, Poems For Bonnie And Josie, and Chagall Takes A – Fall
Sky Burial , this new fourth collection focuses on the familiar as much as the unfamiliar, usually in unsettling and suspiciously, precariously ambivalent ways. Not exactly places no one’s ever been before (may be) but with different eyes and means of interpreting what is perceived or imagined or made … or possible … what is generally accepted as “reality” is inaccurate and not to be trusted. Evolution has altered our vision to make survival easier. Nairn is not entirely happy about that. Too much is filtered out, obscured from us. For him, that is exasperating. What you see is not What you’ve got. Paradoxically, often what is widely accepted as reality can be riddled and raddled absurd and dangerous. Some books should (and some do) carry a health warning.

A SPACE CREATED

She sits next to me
Like it’s 20 miles away
Her flickering hands
Play volley ball
With her voice
Masking fanning her lips
So her words reach
To distant walls
And echo
Back and around
Nowhere near me
She sits next to me
Twenty years away
So much space so fast
And I never was
Any good at games.

– Thom Nairn

ISBN: 978-1-903171-40-0
Price: £ 6.50


DOUBLING BACK – POETRY COLLECTION
by Tom Bryan

Born, Manitoba, Canada, 1950. Father Irish-Canadian, mother Scottish. Has published four collections of poetry: Wolfwind (Chapman, Edinburgh, 1996) North East Passage (Scottish Cultural Press, Aberdeen, 1996). Rattlesnake Road (Dionysia Press, Edinburgh) as well as a smaller collection Redwing Summer, Lapwing Press, Selkirk. Has also published several short stories and had fiction broadcast on Radio Scotland, The World Service and BBC Radio 4. Short-listed for 1998 Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story competition and included in that competition’s first- ever anthology.

His poetry and fiction has appeared in most of the leading Scottish literary journals, including New Writing Scotland and The Harper Collins! Flamingo short story anthology. Has been short-listed for major fiction competitions in Scotland, England and Ireland. Has also had work published in England, Canada and the USA.
Editor of Northwords 1992-97, and The Broken Fiddle, 1994-97. Has edited anthologies of fiction and poetry.
Writer-in-Residence for Aberdeenshire Council, 1994-97. Appointed first Writer-in-Residence for Scottish Borders, August 1998-2001, Founder and first editor of Borders literary magazine, The Eildon Tree. Has collaborated widely with other artists: painters, sculptors, dancers and musicians. Founder member of eclectic Borders band Wolfwind. Has toured a dramatic work called Fusion of Fables, centred on the life of Thomas the Rhymer. It was performed in Tula, Russia in September 2000, after touring the Borders and Highlands.
Qualified librarian but has worked variously as a steeplejack, house painter, salmon farmer, journalist and pottery worker. First novel, Wolfcicrw Chronicles, was published by 11:9 in Glasgow, in October 2000. Two Rivers Press in Reading, in December 2000, published a small collection of short stories, The Sons of Macomish. A non-fiction book about colourful Scots in North America Rich Man, Beggar Man, Indian
Chief— was published by Thistle Press in 1997. The National Museums of Scotland published Twa Tribes, a non-fiction book about Scots and Native Americans. First-ever Arts Development Officer for Caithness, based in Wick, 2002-2005. Brownsbank Writing Fellow 2005-2008. Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow for University of York, 2009-2011.

THREE BOY BIOPIC

Green hill protests
at this intrusion of red wagon, shiny black handle.
Three boys tresspass among lodgepole pines
and Osage orange.
Like Russian dolls they fit together,
think as one,
need to prove something
to a myopic town
forever unaware of severed handle,
buckled wheels and the hill
scarred by a broken trinity

– Tom Bryan

ISBN: 978-1-903171-38-7
Price: £ 9.50


IN DEFENCE OF PROTOZOANS
– POETRY COLLECTION
by Stuart B. Campbell

IN DEFENCE OF PROTOZOANS proposes the necessity of questioning how to live in a post post-modern world. Stuart B Campbell contrasts ‘me generation’ values in relation to a deeper need for sensitivity to the tangible world and real (earth) time; his poetry suggests that how we relate to each other and our environment cannot be classified or contained by the categories required by technology.
“There are 56 poems in this collection, none of them slight, many of them richly beautiful, all of them successfully realised. The sources of their inspiration are wide-ranging: landscape, architecture, sculpture, history, myth, philosophy, human endeavour. But there is no sense here of ‘display’; but of the poet’s respect and awe, and of an immense empathy.
Stuart B Campbell says ‘I tend not to write autobiographical poems’. Nonetheless, his poems are hugely personal. They are intense accounts of his response to the complexity of what he encounters in the world. They engage the reader/listener and make a strong connection of experience.”

– Rhoda Michael

The Stone Operation

“I found the poems in this book intoxicating and exhilarating and I feel disinclined to go looking for comparisons or even trying to judge it against the rest of contemporary poetry. It has its own sounds, its own rhythms — its own voice.
We are given the opportunity to swim in the culture and heritage that Campbell has made his own, carried along by his hints, his turns of phrase, the way that he tells us what he tells us, until it is easy to believe that, yes, I too could swim in these currents. I wish I could, but I cannot, not without his assistance. His expert assistance.”
Angus Dunn (The Stone Operation)

IN DEFENCE OF PROTOZOANS

I speak for the protozoans of the Heliozoa
and all of that ilk. We are measured in microns
and in millions of millions. We shoal, swarm
mica refractions, flash micro-spectrums, switch
binary codes within the corpus; are one, act
as a single cell, as Eukaryote do, dividing and
re-collecting in free-fall associations, collate
in unrepeated serendipities. We are a subkingdom;
in the void of the deep, create universes no less
awesome than the heavens and in each and every
cell our beauty is begotten from the unimaginable.
We live and die in real time, we are history
and the future; the rough rubble of monuments,
the breath of life; there is no end to our revolution.

– S. Campbell

ISBN: 978-1-903171-43-1
Price: £ 9.50


DRESSED IN WATER – POETRY COLLECTION
by Annabelle Despard

Annabelle Despard was born in Britain. She was educated in England and Norway and is bilingual. From 1976 to 2009 she was Associate Professor in British Studies at Agder University, Kristiansand.
Dressed In Water is her translation from Norwegian of a selection from her four published collections: Fisken tenker sitt, (Aschehoug 1995), Tyngdekraft, (Aschehoug 1997), Bolgende lang som America, (Aschehoug 2001), Danseskolen, (Cappelen 2005). The poem “Should You Die First” was diplayed on the London Underground in 2002, and is included in Being Human, (Bloodaxe 2011). Her prose work Pikeskolen will appear in 2011.
Annabelle Despard has worked as a translator and editor. She has written a number of text books for use in universities and colleges and has edited various collections of essays.

SHOULD YOU DIE FIRST

Let me at least collect your smells
as specimens: your armpits, woolen sweater
fingers yellow from smoke. I’d need
to take an imprint of your foot
and make recordings of your laugh.
These archives I shall carry into exile;
My body a St Helena where ships no longer dock;
a rock in the ocean; an outpost where the wind howls
and polar bears beat down the door.

– Annabelle Despard

LOVE LOVE LOVE

The hoarse peacock cries of love
shred the space between the walls
The room is rectangular
love an anomaly
The books slide helplessly towards the floor
Look, the floorboards are cracking
the huge root rising,
Its back a crocodile’s
The weak flame of the bedside lamp
flares up in searing white
and the heat, the heat
makes me translucent as the sea

– A. Despard

ISBN: 978-1-903171-37-0
Price: £ 9.50


AFTER THE STORM – POETRY COLLECTION
by Robert Leach

On Boy and Baggage:
… it’s just superb … It’s a long time since I got so enthused over a new collection. Subject matter, language, imagery, emotion — all show masterly touches.’ — Dennis O’Donnell, Cencrastus
On The Snake at Your Back (in Boy and Baggage):
‘What fine poems these are! … Here is a poet who has triumphantly brought off that most difficult of feats — to write poems for children which are neither condescending nor falsely childish, but poems in their own right which will give pleasure to all who read them, young and old alike. They will enrich their lives in the way that all true poetry does.’ — Albert Rowe
On In India:
`… the variety of language adopted (descriptive, purely lyrical and sometimes almost mystic) leaves the reader wondering what more you can ask from poetry.’ — Joao Henriques, Chapman
On Sour Cream:
‘Whit Leach is daein in the hale buik is darin. He risks a slaw gait at times in his poems as he treats experience lik atoms, braldcin thaim doon intae wee-er snatches o drama … at its filmic best, fu o impressionist images and weill-gethert soun. Whit’s conceived is brent-new.’ — Maureen Sangster, Lallans.
`… the macabre imagery of ‘Auschwitz Fantasia’ … compellingly horrid … devastating.’— Peter Day, Poetry Monthly

AFTER THE STORM

All the storms of yesterday
Are blown out, a few black sticks
Drifted relics.
A solitary moorhen,
Red beak pulling, chucking
Like blood pulsing,
Makes for the margin,
The pale-washed brown reed shafts
And the overhanging fruit trees.
The boughs are bare
Haws and chestnuts all stripped off
And done. The lake
Is still as sighing.
The moorhen chugs and bobs
Into the silent reeds, it’s gone
Into the arms of trees.
I crane my neck out, peer
Into its dreary hide
But can find no sign
Of it, no ripple or disturbance anywhere,
Just a vacancy
of still air.

R. Leach

ISBN: 978-1-903171-42-4
Price: £ 9.50


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CROSSING THE NORTH SEA
by Suzanna Roxman

This is Susanna Roxman’s third poetry collection published by Dionysia Press Ltd. The first, Broken Angels, received the Arts Award of the City of Lund. Susanna has contributed poetry to more than 60 magazines world-wide. They include Stand, Orbis, Understanding, Prairie Schooner (US), The Spoon River Poetry Review (US), The Fiddlehead (Canada)and Poetry Ireland Review. After some years as a secretary, a ballet teacher, and a fashion model, she studied English Literature at King’s College, London University, and later completed a PhD in Comparative Literature at Gothenburg University. Susanna is currently a freelance writer, poet and critic. [Susanna Roxman’s Imagining Seals, published by Dionysia Press, is a] remarkable collection . . . serious and informed by travel, history, the classical world and by her own experience. . . . crisp, clear, and wonderfully observed. . .  poignant . . . the reading and rereading are certainly enriching.

Lorna Sherry (Orbis)

I am enjoying Imagining Seals, particularly the sea/seal poems. . . . The collection of poetry looks very attractive. [The author] must be pleased with Dionysia.

Margaret Drabble

[Imagining Seals is a] wise, compelling, and richly evocative volume . . . unpredictable, pleasing, and original . . . [with] language and imagery that are equally striking and sonorous . . .  In Imagining Seals, Susanna Roxman’s luminous fourth volume of poems, she offers the reader an abundant array of lyrical and eloquent poems that honestly and insightfully explore our human condition . . . Acutely observed and beautifully rendered with great clarity, every poem in this superb collection unfolds yet another mystery or truth with urgency and grace.

Maurya Simon (Prairie Schooner)Professor of Creative Writing,University of California, Riverside

ISBN: 978-1-903171-44-8                                                         
Price: £ 7.50


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THE IGNORANCE OF WATER 
by Kyriakos Charalambides

Kyriakos Charalambides was born in Cyprus in 1940.  He studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens. He published 12 books of poetry, two volumes of essays and translated Romanos the Melodist. His books The Vase With Designs (1973), Achaeans’ Shore (1977), Famagusta Reigning City (1982) were awarded the Cyprus State Prize for Poetry, Dome (1989), received the Athens Academy Prize and Meta-history (1995) received the Greek State Prize of Poetry.

He has also been awarded the Hellenic Society of Literary Translators’ Prize for his translations of three hymns by Romanos the Melodist (1997) and received the international Cavafy Award as well as the Costas and Eleni Ouranis Prize from the Athens Academy for his entire poetic oeuvre.

He is a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens.

Many of his books have been translated into English, French, German, Swedish, Bulgarian and Albanian.

In 2013 he received an honorary PhD from the University of Athens.

ISBN: 978-1-903171-45-5                                                          
Price: £ 15.50


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THE VASE WITH DESIGNS 
by Kyriakos Charalambides

Kyriakos Charalambides was born in Cyprus in 1940.  He studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens. He published 12 books of poetry, two volumes of essays and translated Romanos the Melodist. His books The Vase With Designs (1973), Achaeans’ Shore (1977), Famagusta Reigning City (1982) were awarded the Cyprus State Prize for Poetry, Dome (1989), received the Athens Academy Prize and Meta-history (1995) received the Greek State Prize of Poetry.

He has also been awarded the Hellenic Society of Literary Translators’ Prize for his translations of three hymns by Romanos the Melodist (1997) and received the international Cavafy Award as well as the Costas and Eleni Ouranis Prize from the Athens Academy for his entire poetic oeuvre.

He is a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens.

Many of his books have been translated into English, French, German, Swedish, Bulgarian and Albanian.

In 2013 he received an honorary PhD from the University of Athens.

ISBN: 978-1-903171-46-2                                                          
Price: £ 15.50


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LOVE SONGS TO THE NILGIRI HILLS 
by Robert Leach.

Robert Leach has been a notable presence in Scottish Literature. The author is heavily involved in activities in the Scottish Borders and this book tries to make links between Scottish culture and other cultures (India, Iraq etc.) The material here is extremely varied and of an extremely high standard.

R. Leach is a prize-winning poet who has been a founder member of the Birmingham Poetry Centre and the Borders Writers Forum. He has been writing and publishing poetry for forty years. “It’s just superb. It’s a long time since I got so enthused over a new collection by a writer, I don’t know. Subject matter, language, imagery, emotion – all show masterly touches. It’s been a long time since I enjoyed anything half so much. I find myself in moments of idleness picking it up and gloating over it” “Boy and Baggage” Cencrastus. “There is an underlying restlessness of spirit typifying his work…a true artist who paints with words, with remarkable empathy for his subject matter. Cadence and lyrical quality is superb … Here, then, is a well-established writer, one who readily communicates; a reflective poet; a poet with a voice”. Sour Cream, Quantum Leap.

ISBN: 978-1-903171-47-9                                                              
Price: £ 9.50


THE SCULPTOR
by Manolis Pratikakis

Manolis Pratikakis was born in Myrtos (Crete), a coastal village, on the Libyan sea. He lived there until he was eighteen, but he maintains close ties with his hometown. He is a psychiatrist, he received a PhD from the University of Athens and until recently he was Director of the Psychiatry Department of the Greek Red Cross Hospital. He has published eighteen poetry collections, two books of novellas and short stories, and two full length film scripts. He is a founding member of the Writers’ Society. His work has been translated into all mainstream European languages and many others. In 1999 he received an Award for Excellence for European literature for his collection: The Assumption and Resurrection of the Bodies of Dominikos, which was translated into three languages. In 2003 he received the State Award for Poetry for his collection: Water. In 2008 he received an award from the prestigious Scientists Association for both science and poetry. In 2012 he received the Athens Academy Award for his entire work.

The composer John Markopoulos created a CD using as a main theme six of Pratikakis’ poems from his collection Libido which he named Invisible Pulse. In 2001 the same composer created a symphony based on Pratikakis’ poetry entitled The Symphony of Healing which was performed with great success in the Music Palace of Athens (in the coming months it will be performed again and a CD will be created based on this symphony.)

Many of his poems have been set to music by: Kostas Stefanou (The Concert of Nature), Hara Paleologou (Waves of Light) and Pavlos Daskalakis who composes contemporary Cretian melodies.

ISBN: 978-1-903171-49-3                                                              
Price: £ 9.50


POEMS FOR BONNIE AND JOSIE II
by Thom Nairn

Thom Nairn (1955-2017) was born in Perthshire . He has published several collections of poetry (including The Sand Garden, Poems for Bonnie and Josie I, Chagall Takes a Fall and Sky Burial) as well as innumerable articles and reviews in many Scottish magazines and newspapers (not to mention much further afield). His collection Poems for Bonnie and Josie I, has been translated into Greek. He has co-edited various magazines including The Scottish Literary Journal (Review Supplement), Cencrastus and Understanding. He was the founding editor of Northwords. Working with Robert Crawford he co-edited  The Arts of Alasdair Gray, which was published by Edinburgh University Press in 1991. He translated more than 35 books of poetry in collaboration with D. Zervanou. Most significantly perhaps The Complete Poems of George Vafopoulos published by Dionysia Press in 1999, which won the 1999 award for the best translation of contemporary Greek literature by the Hellenic Society of Translators.

In this book Thom Nairn tried to chart his development as a writer from 1999 until late 2017. It’s a collection about every day experiences.

ISBN: 978-1-903171-48-6                                                             
Price: £ 7.50


MEMORY HORSE
by Lis Lee

Lis Lee lives and writes in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. She was born in England but has lived in Scotland most of her adult life. She was a trained journalist, having served an apprenticeship.

She lived on the Isle of Mull which continues to influence her writing. She was an active sailor and equestrian. Her work has been widely published in anthologies and literary magazines. She had poems appear in the Scotsman’s “Poem of the Week” and she was awarded a Scottish Arts Council New Writers Bursary in 2004. Her work includes the small collection “Genie and Metaphor” published in Australia, “Sob Sister” by Selkirk Lapwing Press in 2005 and “Vanilla Summer” Dionysia Press, 2011. Lis was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2010 which has greatly inhibited her writing.

She is married and has three children and three grandchildren, ­­

“Her poetry is powerful and subtle. It skilfully combines mystery with clarity and passion with directness. Hers is one of Scotland’s most unique lyrical voices. Although Lis Lee’s voice has been halted by a cruel illness it has not been silenced. This collection is a tribute to human resilience.”

ISBN: 978-1-903171-50-9                                                             
Price: £ 9.50


BLUE NOTES
by Brian Daldorph

A poetry book about jazz, modern bands and singers in a musical, concise style.





ISBN: 978-1-903171-51-6
Price: £ 9.50


THE CITY THAT MOVED
by James Andrew

James Andrew worked abroad in many countries teaching English. These poems are mostly about Istanbul (Constantinople), where he spent many years teaching.




ISBN: 978-1-903171-52-3                                                             
Price: £ 9.50


BE MY BABY
by Roy Møller

Roy Møller is one of the best contemporary Scottish poets. This book tells the story of his search for his biological mother, who was a journalist from Canada and had given him up for adoption in Scotland.



ISBN: 978-1-903171-53-0
Price: £ 9.50


THE BROKEN MAST OF THE MOON
by Thom Nairn

Thom Nairn was born in Perthshire in 1955. His poetry and criticism has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies and has been recorded for broadcast on both radio and television. He was co-editor of Cencrastus and is associate editor with Understanding magazine. He has been writer in residence with Ross and Cromarty District Council and was the writing fellow with East and Midlothian District Councils. His poetry is abrasive, absurd and cut through with a dark humour.

ISBN: 978-1-903171-54-7
Price: £ 7.50


POETRY COMPETITION organised by Dionysia Press, (Understanding magazine)

Entry fee: £1.50 per poem

Closing date: 30 December 2019

Send your entries to Dionysia press, 127, Milton Road West, Edinburgh EH15 1JG

Prize: £150 for the best poem

RULES

1 All entries must be original

2 Entries must be typed on A4 paper. The name and addresss of the author should be enclosed on a separate slip.

3. All participants will receive notification of the prize-winners

4. The decisions of the judges are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

5. The organisers reserve the right to change closing dates if submissions are insufficient or unsatisfactory.

6. The prize-winning poem will be published in Understanding magazine.

Judges

Thom Nairn

D. Zervanou

Susanna Roxman

Contact Telephone: 079 213 953 34

E-mail: d.smith195@btinternet.com

Submissions must be sent to: DIONYSIA PRESS LTD, 127, Milton Road West, Edinburgh EH15 1JG, UK



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