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Due 12.3.21

The Perambulator
Should we Meet at the Crossroads, Keep Walking

ISBN: 9781999915339
perfect bound paperback in ltd. edition wraparound cover of 100 copies
360 pages
due 12.3.21
£12.50 + shipping worldwide
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cover artwork: John Holten
cover art photo/author photo: Kevin Pollard
editor: Chris Ryan
Flycatcher linocut: Anna-Stina Jungerstam
typeset by Bob Modem

In 2012 Don McCracken hung out with Leonid Paukku. In 2013 he created his Perambulator alter ego. In 2014 he first saw Nightbird perform. In 2015 he began to construct the Helsinki Stone Circle sculpture, the same year he found the long-lost Kristina Bruuk album Between Heaven and Helsinki by tracking down the sound engineer. In 2016 he started to write a short novella that incorporated all of the above. By 2017 it was clear that this was a novel. In 2018 he hardly met any friends. In 2019 he found out how it all ended. In 2020 he offered the finished book to Paul at Hesterglock Press.

Don lives in Helsinki, Finland, where he runs ︎︎︎Flycatcher and works behind the Musta Kissa bar.

The Glorified Walking Stick is a forty second play by Bill Drummond. He wrote it after reading The Perambulator’s book. Read it HERE.

Flycatcher will also be releasing a 7 inch single to coincide with the books publication.
Act 42 : Merikukka - Happy Spring b/w Kristina Bruk - Pleasant Valley Sunday
more details to follow

Due 03.03.21

Disrupted Blue and other poems on Polaroid
Vik Shirley
due March 2021
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more poems from Blue were recently published at 3:AM Magazine, you can read them ︎ here

These Polaroids were taken by my mother, who died unexpectedly at the age of 52 back in 2003. There is nothing written on them to indicate where they were taken. I have deduced that they are either from her travels around Europe or her time living in Canada, in the early 1970s. These snapshots (there were around 20 in total) got separated from a bag of family photos, perhaps as they had no people in them and were more focussed on the structural. Whatever the reason, they were put to one side. The family photos were later lost, whilst under my care, during a turbulent family time and a hedonistic period in my early 20s. So these cast-offs, of sorts, are all that remain.

I recently came across them again in my belongings and started to think about texts that might work well with them. I thought about travel writing and novels about journeys etc. Then the lyrics of one of my mother's favourite albums, Joni Mitchell, Blue, sprang to mind, for multiple reasons, themes of travel, tragedy, love and loss being some of them. So I started to experiment with words used in the lyrics of the album, defamiliarising and disrupting these songs I know so well, to fit the unfamiliar places in the pictures, that, in some way, at this time, represent my mother.

Vik Shirley is a poet from Bristol. She is currently studying for a PhD in ‘Dark Humour and the Surreal in Poetry’ at University of Birmingham. Her first collection, The Continued Closure of the Blue Door, will be published by HVTN Press in 2020. Her work has appeared in such places as Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Shearsman magazine and Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities: Bristol.


SJ Fowler - Phoetry : Selected Photo Poems of SJ Fowler (ltd edition collab w/The Aleph)
Bruno Neiva - Text Art 2010-2020
Rose Knapp - Tantric
Franco Cortese - її lí vì ei ii dì ei
Lucy Furlong - clew (2nd edition)
Neil Sparkes - Xerox Sonnets & X-Ray Blues
Miggy Angel -  My Culture Is Flowers
SJ Fowler - title tbc

You can view the Hesterglock Exhibition 2020 HERE
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