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Getting and spending

What a week. Ooya-hun -- what a week! I warn you -- this blog entry is much too long.

No post last weekend because it was the fifth birthday party. Family were staying, including my sister sleeping in the study where I write this blog on a Sunday morning. It was the most complicated event I've ever attempted to organise. Mid-preparations, Gina Wilson's pamphlet was in its final stages -- I took a mock-up to the party itself to give to her for final checking.

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Party preliminaries

It's complicated. In 2005 I bought ten ISB numbers. To my surprise I'd used them all up within two years and I bought another hundred.

Three years later I'm over half way through that hundred. The idea at the birthday party, Saturday June 12th, is to do a kind of 'This is your life', recalling all that's been and indicating a bit of what's to come. But there's a lot of it.

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LUPO 10

Never mind HappenStance's fifth birthday party ( I don't quite mean that of course), take a look at Lighten-up Online's tenth issue.

Editor and light verse impresario Martin Parker aspires to raise the game of contemporary light verse (already celebrated on paper in  the last bastions of the old guard: The New Statesman, Literary Review, The Oldie, The Spectator) on the world wide web. He's succeeding.

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Savouring Salt

Yesterday was the Salt Cellar opening at the Scottish Poetry Library -- a lovely event, full of verve and entertainment and interesting people. Wena Poon, author of Lions in Winter, flew from the States to the UK to read, and a most memorable reading at that (I love all writing that focusses on cake)! So there were two American voices because Crashaw-Prize-winning Ryan Van Winkle read too. And Scottish: Rob Mackenzie, Andy Philip and Sandy Hutchison. Singing kept creeping in. Rob sang a couple of lines. Sandy sang a whole song. Ryan became Springsteen and deserved a toast for that alone. There were north of England voices too: the remarkable Tim Turnbull looking so good with that amazing moustache and of course Chris Hamilton-Emery himself. Really lovely to meet him and Jen in person, not to mention the kids.

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Dark Wood goes out

This week lots of Jeremy Page chapbooks went in the post to those and such as those -- a flurry of orders through the Zen shop.

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What makes a good poetry pamphlet publisher?

The embargo was finally lifted so that means I'm allowed to mention being shortlisted again for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Publishers' Award. This award business can get a bit stressful. Having been shortlisted last year, and filled out all the worthy statements about activities again on the entry form this year, I wasn't worried about winning the money (though the money would come in very handy) so much as about being NOT shortlisted. What would that have meant? It might have signified slipping smartly downhill in terms of whatever is deemed good practice.

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