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Latest acquisitions May 2018

What has been added to our collection this month? Here are a few highlights:

Limited Edition 

Exit the known world / Simon Armitage ; with wood engravings by Hilary Paynter

Exit the known world

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Number 42 of a limited signed edition, this hymn to the Northumbrian landscape is beautifully bound in vibrant green cloth. It tethers to paper the ‘Poems of the Air’ that Armitage composed for a Northumbria National Park project. The poems were originally spoken by the poet and transmitted by satellite to devices within a five yard radius of a specific map reference.


Endangered Languages

Little paper boatlet = Ti bato papye in 55 languages + Mauritius Sign Language + Braille [multimedia] / original poem by Alain Fanchon
[Port Louis, Mauritius : Inmedia ; Ledikasyon pu Travayer, 2015]

How far can a boat of words travel? This ‘paper boat’ comprises a single poem in 55 different languages, accompanied by a 3-minute DVD performance in Mauritian Sign Language and a 3-page version in Braille.

Originally written in Mauritian Creole,  the poem is translated into English, Africaans (Garieb), Alsacian, Arabic, Bahasa, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Breton, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Finish, French, German, Gikuyu, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Japanese, Korean (South Korea), Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Marathi, Mooré, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Reunion Creole, Roumanian, Russian, Seychelles Creyole, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telegu, Ukranian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh and Xhosa. 

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Threads / Sandeep Parmar, Nisha Ramayya, Bhanu Kapil
[London : Clinic Publishing, 2018]


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Theo Inglis


This experimental hybrid pamphlet, a twist of creative and critical work, offers separate but interlinked narratives on the lyric self, writing and race. Part poetry, part manifesto, part essay, the text examines how to beat an active, self-caring path through our complex and racially biased world. Co-written by three vital voices in poetry, all profits will be donated to the Manuel Bravo Project, Leeds, a charity providing legal assistance to asylum seekers.