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The following is a list of our publications by Vane Women Press and other imprints. You can buy all of these from us. Click the box next to the book cover to select the number of your order. At the bottom of the page you can press to see your order displayed. Print this out and send it together with your cheque.

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Single book order 65p, plus each additional book 25p.

Rewriting the Map book cover

"Here are two groups of writers, Vane Women from the North, Shore Women from the South, visiting each other's landscapes, taking them in, reshaping them and giving them back . . . Rewriting the Map is a force field of energy. The enthusiasm, laughter and friendship that went into its making comes through the poems and shapes them too.
"I see not only an island in a new light but the land that is England being held up to it like a piece of glass, the axis of North and South running through it like a seam and the whole, with its many facets, being turned to the sun. So turn the pages. Enjoy."

Rewriting the Map by Vane Shore Women

As if book cover

Jo Colley's first collection is shockingly honest in its nervy, ironic, high wire poems poised between safety and danger. Hers is a world of post-modern surrealism and somehow she's frantic to escape her dream landscape while enjoying a shiver of its dark imagination.

Uncompromising poems of zest, experience and attitude.

"wit and angst . . . warmth and wry stylishness" - Jenny Swann, Other Poetry

As if by Jo Colley

Northern Grit book cover

Pat Maycroft's photography has long been recognised as a stunning evocation of the Northern scene, particularly the lower fell landscape of South West Durham where industrial decay mixes with wild flowers and larksong. This selection ranges from Pat's home fell of Cockfield in County Durham, to memories of Middlesbrough where she was born. There is no doubt that Pat is a poet of the lens, she is also a poet on the page. She's joined by her fellow writers in the Vane Women collective who have contributed poems inspired by her work.

First Edition 2002 sold out. Second impression February 2004 now for sale.

"a little gem of a book" - Photo Art International

Northern Grit by Pat Maycroft

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Anne Hine is a nun who has worked in prisons as a chaplain and with the homeless. Her love of God has genuine radiance without ever losing her clear-eyed view of life's troubles and misfortune. Her eloquent, unflinching poetry moves through her personal landscape with ease, celebrating beauty in sensuous word-play and jolting us with deeper meanings. This is no cloistered vision but a poetic dialogue with the world, bracing and embracing.

A collection which sings of a life's journeying.

" . . .a poet of large vision, ambitious in her scope, celebrating the extraordinary within the ordinary." - Kay Cotton

Dark Matters by Anne Hine

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Marilyn Longstaff's poetry comes like a stiff North breeze from her Salvation Army childhood. But what's this? The wind is turning to the South and playing games. Inside the dutiful daughter is another, more amorous one. Out of these contraries comes her arresting poetry: dynamic, original and full of teasing, passionate music. In the quaint puritanism of her upbringing she finds beauty; in the stoicism, pain. And she adds a pinch of sin (no more) for spice.

A first collection of a remarkable talent.

" . . .honest poems, exploring the light and dark in a fully felt life in a wide range of form." - Kay Cotton

Puritan Games by Marilyn Longstaff

She River book cover

Linda Saunders' poetry has the natural sensuality of a river with feminine curves. Mysterious landscapes - inner and outer - have a sharpness of observation which sees the shapeliness of the garden forever threatened with repossession by the wild. This isn't the nature of the reserve, more the primeval wildness always the undercurrent in our thoughts and unwilled desires. These beautiful poems are as subtly crafted as they are sensuous.

A fine collection of poems, shape-shifting and reflective.

". . . a thoughtful poet, teasing meaning from the metaphysicality of the concrete and the mundane." - William Oxley

" . . . meticulous observation . . . poignant imagery" - Mo Watson

She River by Linda Saunders

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Irene Stacey's poems and stories hold nothing back. She's not one to flinch from life, whether passionate puritan or reluctant hedonist. Her arresting poems, with the wry toughness and astringent clear-sightedness of the American pioneer of her forebears, dance like a feather, sting like a nettle. Her remarkable stories look evil straight in the eye.

An exciting collection spine-stiffening and spine-chilling.

". . . a strong protest sensibility at work . . .feminist and man-faulting which is okay by me." - William Oxley

Nettle Beds by Irene Stacey

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Are we being watched? Death comes in various guises in Diane Cockburn's comic writing. A child of the Troubles, her quirky black humour takes nothing for granted! You never know where you are . . . In her cautionary tales moths appear as unsung heroes and a black pudding as a villain!

A fine first collection written for adults and children.

". . .compelling openings lead the reader into tales drawn from dark imagination tinged with grim humour . . . a fey and frightening perception of just about everything . . . a highly individual literary voice." - Darlington and Stockton Times

Under SURVEILLANCE by Diane Cockburn

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Sarah Knight's poems sing her world into existence at the pace of a gentle walk. This is the voice of a shy girl on the edge of a crowd, the caring mother, the wife growing old and rather blind, all the selves that lie inside one woman. Whether set by the banks of the Wear or on a street in Africa, her language has inner beauty as well as outward grace.

This is a moving and musical first collection.

"These plain songs have poetic complexity . . . They have beauty without ostentation and a lucid transparency that makes us trust them." - Mo Watson

plainSONG by Sarah Knight

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Vicki Thomas uses language much as a Viking on the field of battle. She gives no quarter. Sharp poems with deadly wordpower. She is mistress of a tradition that combines warrior and poet. Her language crackles with menace and rare lyric beauty.

This first collection covers personal dramas against a backcloth of larger forces, astrological and historical.

Walking Through Glass by Vicki Thomas

Bitter Kisses book cover

Wendy Iliff is a dazzling, hip-swishing performer of her work. A stunning show-stopper. Now her many fans have the chance to read the poems which are as good on the page as Wendy is on the stage. Her themes re-write the sexual agenda. Men are pipped at the post and cuisine given glamour and zest.

This is a collection to savour.

Bitter Kisses by Wendy Iliff

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This is the second anthology of poetry and prose by VANE WOMEN, the Darlington-based group of women writers who have worked together since 1990. Between them they embrace a wide variety of experience and interests, as their work expresses.

Since the appearance of their first anthology Off the Shelf in 1993, they have given public readings in various venues in Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Feather Behind The Ear

The following books by members of Vane Women are published by other imprints, but you can still buy them from us.

Cover of 'The Apple Exchange'

The whole world has fallen out of love with itself. It is the end of the millennium, after Thatcher, Waco and the fall of Communism. On behalf of Love, the poet addresses various candidates for the post of lover. All refuse the Apple, but a daemon/demon figure flits through the scene: is it that original dissenting rebel, Lucifer? S.J. Litherland draws on myths and legends, pagan and Christian, in her quest for love in a landscape of the mind, travelling through space and time. But is the price too high on the Apple Exchange? Challenging, erotic, ironic and despairing by turns, these are poems after the Fall from an independent Eve.

"The urgency, the discipline, the mastery and the energy is terrific. Again and again the chameleon's tongue whips out and seizes its prey." - Lorna Tracy

The Apple Exchange by S.J. Litherland is published by Flambard Press

Cover of 'Flowers of Fever'

This book combines the powerful writing of S.J.Litherland with the haunting etchings of the poet's daughter Rachel Levitas, a combination which, even when dealing with joy, recognises the tragedies of human life. Both poet and artist are aware of the complex passions which inspire us and at the same time can overwhelm our instincts of survival. the work contains dialogues between poetry and art, tranquillity and intensity, passion and reason, spontaneity and constancy, joy and grief, the human and the divine.

"Litherland writes a verse which is poised, formal but not withheld . . . The poise is somewhere between the inner and outer world . . . Perhaps a poetry which 'works' traces the shapes of what in religious parlance is called 'Life Everlasting' within everyday experience." - Michael Standen

Flowers of Fever by S.J. Litherland

Cover of 'The Long Interval'

S.J.Litherland's first collection of poetry, published by Bloodaxe in 1986.

"She writes with scrupulous attention - and with a loud echo of Browning... such intentness gives her best poems impressive depth, often achieved with economical means." - Lawrence Sail Stand

"These poems are memorable, often sombre... they haunt the mind long after reading them." - Maggie Mountford The Green Book

"These poems are alive with the rhythm of life, dancing in defiance of death and stagnation." - Dave Ward Dial a Poem

The Long Interval by S.J. Litherland

Redemption Songs book cover

Annie Wright's Redemption Songs is a long-awaited event among the fraternity of poetry readers and workshop loyalists . . . Her subjects range from Akhmatova to Kerouac to Walcott and from memory to sensory stimuli. Her poems can be formal in tone as in the string of sonnets, haiku, quatrains and tercets found here, but she is never afraid to let her hair down . . . In fact much of the work is unabashedly erotic, paeans to the flesh and desire if not outright lust . . . the book is a testament to poetry as discovery and surprise.
She makes it hard for her reader to look away.
Fred D'Aguiar

Annie Wright's first full collection is published by Arrowhead Press.

Redemption Songs by Annie Wright

Cover of 'Including Sex'

Annie Wright works with teachers and pupils on creative writing in schools throughout North Yorkshire, and presents self-awareness and personal growth courses for adults. Her poetry has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies including Braquemard, Headlock, The Poetry Business, Sunk Island Review, Writing Women, Tees Valley Writer and Soundings East (USA). She is a founder member of Vane Women, the successful writing/performing group based at Darlington Arts Centre. This, her first pamphlet collection, was published by The Bay Press in 1995.

Including Sex by Annie Wright

The Hallucinogenic Effects of Breathing

You must delve into Joanna Boulter's jewellery box of poems with caution. Certainly there are the brilliants which flash dazzlingly as the snakeskin she so luminously describes in one of her poems. The lure will be her gorgeous and assured choice of language. The sting will strike with its note of discord, disenchantment and fear. Her poems trap you with their beauty then deliver their harsh message of tough reality. This is the true voice of the poet . . . She is that rare modern being: an intellectual writer who trusts her readers. Read her work first for the beauty, then for the heart, and finally for the mind nudging us to look again - and again.
S.J. Litherland.

"Fresh, witty and wise collection . . . Lovely! You want to laugh and cry. Joanna Boulter is a delightfully unpretentious and intelligent poet. Major poetry publishers should seek her out!" - Anne Stevenson (Northern Rock Award winner 2002)

Joanna Boulter's third collection is published by Arrowhead Press.

The Hallucinogenic Effects of Breathing by Joanna Boulter

Cover of 'On Sketty Sands'

Joanna Boulter's sequence of poems On Sketty Sands is an evocative collection of memories about her own family. By telling the stories in poetry, Joanna has recreated legends her mother told her. The poems tell of a time when parents struggled to raise children to adulthood and people were suspicious of strangers.

"On Sketty Sands brilliantly invokes an earlier age. The poems are wonderfully rich and colourful - read and enjoy!" - Alison Rowsell

". . . so beautiful it makes me cry each time I read it . . . an unerring and enchanting sense of line, rhythm and form." - Helen Nelson

This, her long-awaited second collection, also marks the first flight of Arrowhead Press.

On Sketty Sands by Joanna Boulter

Cover of 'Running with the Unicorns'

Joanna Boulter's startling first collection Running with the Unicorns came out from The Bay Press (1994) to great critical acclaim. She is a "trenchant, word-dazzling poet" (Colpitts), whose "skill lies in dissecting the human condition" (Isobel Thrilling).
She has won several prizes for her poetry and has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including Orbis (New Poet of the year, 1983), Stand, Writing Women and Iron Erotica (Iron Press, 1994).

Running with the Unicorns by Joanna Boulter


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