Poetry fans, it’s a new season (accompanied by the slamming door of Summer leaving), a new term (new books, sharp pencils etc etc), and in that vain, I want to introduce you to a new NLP poet and his new NLP-published book. Not that this poet is new to the poetry scene, far from it. Martin Newell has been a rock musician since the 70s and a poet, author and columnist since the 90s. He’s previously published a dozen collections of verse, two social histories, a collection of his columns and a memoir of his glam rock days.
The Wife of ’55 is Newell’s latest book of verse, and we’re thrilled to be publishing it. Leading the reader down the “laden lanes and ledges” of his beloved Essex and into the thrifty kitchen of his Edwardian grandmother, it’s a series of love-letters to England and Newell’s childhood, and it’s full of his wit and lyricism.
You can read all about Martin on his website and on his author page here on NLP, and then buy The Wife of ’55 here in the NLP shop. Don’t just take my word for it, though. Like Lois Lane (I’m thinking Teri Hatcher, by the way – gotta love a shiny bob), pen poised over my pad, I spoke with Luke Wright (poet, co-founder and managing editor of NLP) to gauge his excitement:
I’m delighted to be publishing Martin Newell. He’s been a huge influence on my work and is truly one of the greatest poets of the last 30 years. He shunned the back-slapping literary world in London and instead chose to write his chippy, often satirical poems from his outpost in the Essex marshes, from where he sends them to newspaper editors who publish them. The thing is, people like Martin Newell’s poetry because he writes about the real world in way people can understand. His words are clear so the reader can see into the heart of his poems. He’s everything Nasty Little Press is about and we’re chuffed to have him in our gang.