Billy Mills reviews Peter Jaeger’s Midamble

16 Feb

Peter Jaeger’s Midamble is a big book in every sense, although constructed from small units, a mosaic of phrases and sentences, each one functioning like the famous first step in the journey of  thousand Li

Read more here –

Stephen Emmerson’s A Piece, coming soon

3 Feb

A proof arrived recently. Almost there with this amazing book.



Tom Jenks review Erkembode’s A Year at Work at Litter Magazine

12 Jan

These fragments, banal yet rendered elliptical through recontextualisation, accumulate, gathering momentum, assuming their own negative gravity through weight of numbers.

Read more HERE


Catherine Vidler reviews Tom Jenks’ A Long and Hard Night Troubled by Visions at Galatea

10 Jan

I was reminded of childhood experiences of peering into a view-finder or a kaleidoscope in which sharp-edged geometry has dissolved into mellifluous interactivities of shape and hue.

Read more HERE


Manchester Indie Book Fair hosted by Dostoevsky Wanabee

3 Jan

This great event takes place in just under a month, 12pm until 6pm on Saturday 2nd February 2019, no booking required at The Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester.

Alongside Dostoyevsky Wannabe, other Manchester and Greater Manchester presses in attendance include:

If P then Q, Comma Press, Generic Greeting, Nightjar, Carcanet, Dodo Ink, Zimzalla, Knives, Forks and Spoons, Incline and Saraband. Blue Moose books (Hebden Bridge) and Synchronise Witches (Huddersfield), along with And Other Stories, Longbarrow Press, The Poetry Business and Gordian Projects (all Sheffield) join us from Yorkshire and last but not least Dead Ink (Liverpool/north-west) will also be there.



Billy Mills reviews Tom Jenks’ A Long and Hard Night Troubled by Visions

1 Jan

‘like Suzuki, Jenks views things askance via a kind of surrealist lens.’

Read more of this review at the Elliptical Movements website – HERE

Purchase A Long and Hard Night Troubled by Visions – HERE

Interview with Erkembode

7 Dec

An Interview with Erkembode

ERKEMBODE’s A Year at Work is available HERE priced at £4 plus postage.

IPTQ: Was the piece written over a year?

Erkembode: Many Post-It® notes were scrawled on to bring us this information over the course of a year (minus annual leave and bank holidays). I caught the bullets of daily reception drive-bys and took a trip to the United States of America. That reminds me I must fill out an Accident at Work form. Here is a receipt to prove that I travelled to the United States of America.

NY receipt

IPTQ: How many years have you got left at work have you got left and do you dig it?

E: In the year 2054, according to gov[dot], my state pension will kick in so I’ve got about 36 years left on the slog. I do not dig this at all but at least everything will be a gigantic spectacle of pure hallucinatory craziness like in Blade Runner 2049. Swings and roundabouts.

IPTQ: How did the collaboration with Davis work?

E: At first I thought Davis was one of my alter-egos but it turned out he was one of my ‘colleagues’. We met in a work training session in which we had to mutually strangle each other. It was traumatic but we had each other, kindred souls in the boardroom. I needed someone to bounce A Year at Work back and forth with, and I knew I wanted to exorcise it in a performance, so Davis became the singer of the songs and I choose to be the unsettled rhythm of the days of the week.

IPTQ: What is the meaning of a 2 for 1?

E: Accepting the lie. A cosy pair of slippers when you’ve only got one foot.

IPTQ: Why and how – the choice to select the images in the book?

E: Training course booklets are nearly always printed PowerPoint presentations with a few poorly placed images in them, sort of mandalas to drift us to the awkward coffee and biscuit break or deface. The images just sort of floated in from Google image search. Please don’t tell Google, or the people that made/own the images.

IPTQ: What’s the most pointless thing you’ve ever been paid to do?

E: Handing out maps, directing you to where you can buy a map of the building. Or something like that. Last night I watched Labyrinth. I wish work was like the end bit when Sarah is dancing and laughing about with Ludo, Hoggle and all the goblin puppets in her bedroom. That wouldn’t be pointless, it would be joyous and righteous.

IPTQ: How many crap sandwiches have you been through?

E: TOO MANY. It’s an addiction really. Work-guilt-overtime-payday-punishment. £1 cheese and onion flagellation. We’ve officially lost the plot. The meal deal seals the deal. Here’s a receipt of one of my egg and cress sandwiches. Actually it was a roll so they bumped it up to £2. Egg. Cress. Roll.  Another day, another meal deal.

egg sandwich receipt