This week, China Bull was selected as the winner of the 2015 Work & Tumble Chapbook Competition. The prospect of seeing this story in print and in a beautiful, tactile format is really exciting. This work is special, and I am very grateful to my friend and fellow poet John Koenig who has co-authored this book with me.
Work & Tumble describe themselves as an Australian publisher of high quality, limited edition poetry chapbooks – using time honoured letterpress methods and cutting edge digital techniques. You can read more about their ideology and services by visiting their website.
One thing is certain, these chapbooks will be objects of beauty and I can’t wait to start working with the Work & Tumble team to bring our vision to life. Stay tuned for more information, including details about where and when the book with be launched, and how to get your hands on a copy.
Many thanks to Amy Hilhorst who judged the competition, selecting China Bull from a strong field of 58 manuscripts. This is what Amy had to say about China Bull:
Judge Amy Hilhorst highlighted its ‘strong narrative’, ‘powerful poetic imagery’ and ‘awesome concluding lines’ with each section. She went on to state ‘it is so measured, professional, original, and well-paced.’
Thanks also to the many people who came to listen to China Bull, performed live last year at Riverbend Books in Brisbane, at the USQ Bookcase Festival in Toowoomba and earlier this year at Poet’s Corner at Maroochydore. The great response we received at these gigs encouraged me to keep sending China Bull out for consideration.