Nov 19, 2018

Seeing Voices



We’re excited to be involved in Seeing Voices, an exhibition of poetry and illustration opening in the Upper Gallery of The Poly in Falmouth. The exhibition will be open from the 20th-24th of November, with a private view on Thursday 22nd November (this Thursday) as part of the biennial Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival.

The show gathers work from students, staff and alumni of Falmouth University’s MA Illustration: Authorial Practice course, with a specific focus on poetry and illustration. Several Atlantic Press collaborators will feature in the exhibition, including Phyllida Bluemel, who illustrated On Ridgegrove Hill, Mat Osmond who illustrated Stone and John Kilburn, author of 72 Hours.

The exhibition will also make a feature of our friends at Guillemot Press who specialise in illustrated poetry and have worked with a number of students and graduates of the MA including Lucy Kerr, who illustrated A Day That You Happen to Know and C F Sherratt who worked with Sarah Cave on Like Fragile Clay.


Image from The Clearing by Luke Thompson and Mairead Dunne (showing)

As well as being a group show of poetry and illustration, Seeing Voices includes a collaborative body of new work based on Brendan Kennelly’s long poem The Man Made of Rain.
The Man Made of Rain is an autobiographical account of visions Kennelly had during quadruple bypass surgery, exploring the boundaries between life and death.

All of the contributing artists to the wider show were also invited to submit a piece (or pieces) of new work to illustrate a line from The Man Made of Rain, the result is a reconfigurated version of Kennelly’s original poem, accompanied by beautiful, thoughtful visuals from some of the most exciting illustrative practitioners we know.

Image from Mouth by Hannah Levene and Catrin Morgan (showing)

If all that wasn’t enough, the show will also include a first glimpse at our upcoming publication. Keep an eye out in the coming days for an official announcement.
As usual, we’ll have a table of beautiful books in the space, which you’ll be able to come and see all week, as will Guillemot Press, and there will also be a huge selection of books, prints and originals by the showing illustrators for sale.

We hope to see you there.

Jul 13, 2015

Beautiful books

We asked our current intern Antonia Di’Fonzo from The Roseland Community College to pick and review a few of her favourite books from the Atlantic Press library…

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‘People I’ve Never Met & Conversations I’ve Never Had’ by Nick White

Published by Nobrow Press 2009. ISBN 978-0-9562135-1-8

‘ This book has a very personal feel. You almost feel that by reading it you’re prying into someone’s scrap book. The way that it is written is very informal and not in a way that should be read by anyone but the author. It’s a very relaxed and chilled out book which stems from the informality of its pages. The illustrations are beautiful and very varied but all contribute to the relaxed and informal aesthetic. Nothing in the book is uniform or regimented allowing the reader to mirror the author in having total freedom with the book. The book is very playful and different to other books.’

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‘Tree of Codes’ by Jonathan Safran Foer

Published by Visual Editions 2010. ISBN 978-0-9565692-1-9

‘This story is told over a series of incomplete pages. The story itself is complete, the message delivered is complete but the words on each page are sparse. The idea of a book coming from the imagination to plant a seed of a story and then interpreted by another’s to flourish is present in every story. This specific book however does not only allow the story to be imagined but also the book itself.’



‘Box’ by Chris Bianchi

Self-published as Outlaw books. One of 25 copies printed at the RCA 2005.

‘This book is particularly unusual due to the fact that it’s covers are plain and it’s pages are black. The black pages offer an aspect of uniqueness. Due to all the wording and illustrations being in white, this book gives a real contrast to the norm. The dark brings around the unknown. Taking that in, a large majority of the book is unknown meaning and much is left down to the reader and their interpretations.’

Jun 19, 2015

New Publication! – On Ridgegrove Hill

  We are very pleased to announce our latest publication! On Ridgegrove Hill is a collection of poems by Alyson Hallett inspired by her time as the second Charles Causley poet-in-residence, the first to live in Causley’s house – Cypress Well – on Ridgegrove Hill in Launceston. Cyprus Well, Causley’s house, is a stepping-down-into house. One step […]

Pick me up by Anna Kiernan, illustrated by Harriet Lee-Merrion is avaible from Atlantic Press Books.
Jun 01, 2015

Pick Me Up – Interview with Anna Kiernan, Poet.

Anna Kiernan was interviewed by Phyllida Bluemel during the Atlantic Press and Tiny Pencil exhibition last year. Anna is an arts consultant, mother and Senior Lecturer in Writing at Falmouth University. Anna’s new book is an Atlantic press published poetry chapbook, in collaboration with Illustrator Harriet Lee-Merrion. Anna’s other books are Voices for Peace (Scribner), Bit […]

Jun 01, 2015

Illustrators must draw outside the lines to fulfil their creative urges

“When Steve Braund started the Illustration: Authorial Practice MA at University College Falmouth a decade ago, he writes in a new book, the course was intended to “work against the tendency for [illustration] to become a repetitive commodity where the illustrator was presented with an already clearly defined concept”.    Excerpt from Matthew Reisz’s article […]