“Gentlemen, I have dreamed to-night; I’ll tell you my dream. Here, here, here be my keys: ascend to my chambers; search, seek, find out: I’ll warrant we’ll unkennel the fox.”
Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor, Act III
Fox Unkennelled is my first pamphlet.
The first edition is a limited print run of 100 copies, priced at £5.00. If (when – let’s be gloriously optomistic!) a second edition is printed the cover colour will be different. (Hold out for a rainbow?)
It’s mine, all mine, in every way: I wanted something I can take to events and some of my favourite performance poets have taken a self-publishing route (Spoz, Brenda Read-Brown, Matt Harvey (at first) etc). I used experience gleaned designing publications for MWC and asked several poetry friends’ advice on which poems to include and their order. Stitching and trimming were done by Aldine Print Works here in Malvern. Copies are available – signed/dedicated as you will – for £5.50 including postage. Email me if you want one or – better yet – look out for me at events in the next few months.
In particular I should thank Dave for invaluable software assistance and James for unearthing (fox – earth!) the quote from which the title is paraphrased.
I also have to thank Dave for attempting to rescue my computer hard disc as it collapsed recently. He backed up all my writing and photos (already backed up elsewhere – belt and braces; sensible precaution) but we’re not sure the dying HDD is managing to mirror to a new HDD so there may be a big re-installation of everything. Ugh.
Meanwhile I have had a crash (another bad pun – sorry) course in Windows 8 and can only open writing in WordPad as this laptop only has a very basic Open Office and my computer had Word. However, Dave has managed to fix it so I have my big screen, keyboard and mouse so it’s (almost) business as usual. WordPad doesn’t have a spilling chucker so there’ll be an awful lot of tidying up to be done eventually. If you spot any typos on my blog please let me know – my spelling ability is zilch and my typing is fast but well-dodgy.