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THE 2020 PLAN!

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We're a British very small press, so the uncertainty around Brexit (will we or won't we?) has shoppers a bit wary. Book sales are down 9% in the UK from last year... so we have moved some of our titles to the (we hope) calmer post-crisis waters of publication in 2020 and 2021, when we hope reviewers and readers will be able to focus on more than the often-outrageous news... but we still have plenty out this autumn, as well... here are some of the forthcoming authors from Eyewear/ Black Spring over the next 24 months; writers and poets from...

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OUR EDITOR ALEX WYLIE PUBLISHES BOOK ON HILL!

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Dr Alex Wylie's critical monograph, Geoffrey Hill's Later Work: Radiance of Apprehension was published by Manchester University Press on September 12th 2019. The work of Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016) often provokes bemusement or even hostility; however, he was often referred to as 'the greatest living poet' and variants thereof, when alive. Oxford Professor of Poetry from 2010-2015, Hill published in 2013 his collected poems, Broken Hierarchies: Poems 1952-2012, which included four previously-unpublished collections and substantial expansions and revisions of existing works, and in 2008 published his Collected Critical Writings, a volume comprising all his published criticism and two new major collections...

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Our Judge Selects The International Beverly Prize Winner!

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Our distinguished judge Niall Bourke offers his extraordinarily generous and engaged comments on all the shortlisted authors' works, and announces his selected winner (Randy Osborne, pictured here). The winner will be offered a publishing contract with Eyewear, and a meaningful cash advance. Judge's Report: How does one judge the ‘best’ book? By how serious it is or by how funny? By the complexity of its metaphors or the clarity of its prose? How about, as in the case of the Beverly Prize, if we judge a 3,000 word poetry collection against a 156,000 word novel? By what criteria might we...

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Eyewear Author's Song Featured In Stranger Things!

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It's hard to think of a more-loved TV show this summer than the third season of Stranger Things (no spoilers). So, we're thrilled that one of our very own authors has had a song he recorded in the 1980s, with his popular new wave Arizona band Gentlemen AfterDark, 'Open The Door', featured in Episode 1, first aired July 4, 2019. The author's name is Brian Jabas Smith, and his brilliant recent book is a powerful series of life writing stories, exploring the broken and underground lives of Americans just getting by in the Arizona we know from Breaking Bad... it's...

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Black Spring Books Now For Sale At Our Shop!

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In November 2017 we learnt of the sad passing of Robert Hastings - the owner of Black Spring Press. Since 1985, Black Spring Press has produced work by Nick Cave, Anaïs Nin, Charles Baudelaire, Kyril Bonfiglioli, Carolyn Cassady and Leonard Cohen, among many impressive others. Black Spring specialises in the contemporary, as well as breathing new life into neglected classics. We are delighted to have completed legal formalities in 2019 to connect Black Spring Press to Eyewear Publishing Ltd. and excited to be able to sell its wonderful books online here and in shops. Browse the collection here!

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