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Annual subscription (three issues) is £25.00 UK and £35.00 non-UK. Recent issues, Staple 73: The Film Issue, Staple 72: The Music Issue, Staple 71: The Art Issue and Staple 69/70: The Publishing Issue, are available at £10.00 per copy, Staple 68: The East Midlands Issue at £5.00 per copy, and all other available back-issues at £5.00 per copy. Limited quantities are available on some titles, and all prices include P&P. Please make Cheques/Postal Orders/International Money Orders in sterling payable to Staple Magazine, or go to our secure store at for electronic payment options.

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Back issues available, a few of these now in very limited numbers:

Staple 73: The Film Issue (Autumn/Winter 2010)
Staple 73: The Film Issue brings together screenwriters Michael Eaton and Georgina Lock with stories that allude to cinematic images: the gun-toting women of Tyler Keevil’s Antigone’s Mantle who bring a dash of Godard’s 1968 to Dyfed, Shirley Golden’s dying teenager taking refuge in thoughts of Philip K Dick’s androids in Do Humans Dream of Electric Hearts and Jill Campbell’s new mother conjuring ambiguously benign help from The Doula. There are poems covering everything from the eroticism of projectors (Sophie Mayer), the varied aftermaths of Marilyn Monroe’s classic films (Angela Readman), noir conventions (Emma Lee), and a re-enactment of Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin in text (Paschalla Sharpe), while elsewhere Yelena Popova makes a graphic sequence of images in approximate homage to Italo Calvino, Roger Knott Fayle recalls shooting a hip-hop video in Hyson Green using a camcorder the size of a suitcase, Richard Skinner’s Flickers tells a story entirely in remembered cinematic images, David McVey imagines a history in which Glasgow’s Easterhouse overtook Hollywood and John Hartley Williams constructs a three ring circus of filmic conventions.

Staple 72: The Music Issue (Winter 2009/Spring 2010):
The ability of music to conjure memories and past events is well known, and the connections between writing, performance and the sound of spoken words means poetry, fiction and music are deeply entangled. In Staple 72 we gather together works that take music and musicians as subject matter, including extracts from Richard Skinner’s reimagining of the afterlife of the composer Erik Satie, Jeanette Leech’s forthcoming history of Acid Folk music and Chris Sparkes’ inventive tale of itinerant musicians in Paris and London. We present these alongside richly aural lyric poetry by Charles Bennett, John Stuart, Lynne Wycherley and Eireann Lorsung, and short stories by Neil Campbell, Jonathan Taylor, Michael W Thomas and Paul Brownsey, each showing music’s deep roots in our everyday lives. We also present a feature on 17 recordings by writers, from TS Eliot and John Betjeman to such lesser known items as Ronald Duncan’s cycle of seasonal poems with accompaniment by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s David Cain, Joan Baez’s versions of poems by Henry Treece, and Louise Bennett’s 1950s Folkways recording of the Jamaican Alphabet. With all this, plus the usual array of poems, short stories and reviews, Staple 72 offers a fresh take on a familiar territory and hopefully helps to collapse the divide between page and performance.

STAPLE 71: THE ART ISSUE, Spring/Summer 2009. 203pp. (£10.00)
To mark the impending opening of Nottingham Contemporary, and to celebrate the long relationship between word and image – from the Book of Kells and William Blake to contemporary cross-overs between art and text – Staple 71 brings together poetry, fiction and articles by artists and writers to see where the common ground might lie. Cornelia Parker talks about her work on subjects as diverse as Noam Chomsky, the Bronte sisters, the leaning tower of Pisa and a burned Florida forest, Mik Godley explains how his painting used online resources to explore questions of war and history in Silesia, and Ellen Bell presents collage works made from dictionaries and shorthand manuals. Meanwhile Mark Czanik’s ‘The Secret’ explores a relationship shaped by a cache of stolen comic books, Mel Fawcett tells the story of a builder turned painter in ‘The Gift’ and Tim Love enters the mind of a Schiele-obsessed voyeur in ‘The Muses’. Barbara Cumber imagines herself as the ‘mad painter’ Richard Dadd in her poem ‘The Fairy Feller’s Master Stroke’, while Fawzia Kane looks at Arshile Gorky, Robert Vas Dias recreates cubism at 32,000 feet, Rory Waterman presents three poetic snapshots of the Faroe Islands, and Sophie Mayer explores the work of Kiki Smith. With Myra Schneider, Peter Porter, Shirley Golden, John Hartley Williams, John Saul and Marion Bell drawing on myth, perception and sensory experience elsewhere, we hope this latest issue offers a slice through the fascinating connections between word and image.

STAPLE 69/70: THE PUBLISHING ISSUE, Summer/Autumn 2008. 283pp. (£10.00).
The Publishing Issue, guest edited by Rebecca Swift of The Literary Consultancy, lifts the curtain on the writing industry, from unpublished first draft to final place in posterity. Agents, editors and best-selling authors join forces with fresh talents to dig behind the writing courses and How To Get Published guides and reflect on why we write, and what impact writing can make on the wider world. Includes tributes to E.A.Markham from Mimi Khalvati, Margaret Drabble, Kathryn Heyman, Susheila Nasta and Alastair Niven, Marsha Rowe on editing, Tim Clare on incompetence, Jude Cook on posterity, Ross Bradshaw on bookselling, David Smith on agencies and Charlie Weaver Rolfe on failure to get published. Plus fiction and reminiscences of the writing life from Jenny Downham, James Flint, Terry Darlington, David Belbin, Sarah Shaw, Heather Reyes, Nick Taussig and Jane Harris, poetry from Mimi Khalvati, Fiona Sampson, Richard Skinner, Jacqueline Gabbitas, Christine McNeill, Victoria Lawless, Frances Spurrier, Yuko Minamikawa Adams and Lou Wilford. All photography by Julian Hughes.

STAPLE 68: THE EAST MIDLANDS ISSUE: Spring 2008. 185pp. (£5.00)
The East Midlands Issue gathers work by writers from all over the region, including John lucas translating Baudelaire, Derrick Buttress on snails and Nottingham backyards, Roberta Dewa on the history of Wilford Village and Michael Pinchbeck shoring up fragments in response to Ilya Kabakov’s artwork The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment. Graham Lester George blends photography and fiction in A Word In Your Eye, Jeanie Finlay looks at Goths, and Marilyn Ricci draws a deft portrait of two sisters running a Loathing Library in their home town. With poems from Sue Dymoke, Deborah Tyler Bennet, Alan Baker, Adrian Buckner, Rosie Garner, Shaun Belcher, DA Prince, Sheila Smith and Martin Stannard, stories by Richard Pilgrim, Clare Brown, Jonathan Taylor, Karen Jardine, Georgina Lock, James K Walker and Pascale Quivigier, The East Midlands Issue offers a snapshot of a time and a place whose strength lies firmly in its most argumentative and indefinable qualities.

STAPLE 66/67: Summer 2007. 165pp. (£5.00)
Including Cyril Seaton: Saucy Surrealist, Douglas Houston on Tea With Dr Larkin, Peter Stephens & Martin Wasserman’s translation of Oskar Baum’s Riff-Raff, plus poems by Peter Porter, Mimi Khalvati, John Barnie, Mairi MacInnes, John Seed, Clare crossman, Christine McNeill, Douglas Houston, Paul Groves, Desmond Graham, Elizabeth Foy, Sophie Mayer, Joel Lane, Graham Fulton, Hsein Min Toh, AC Bevan, Arlene Ang, Jeremy Duffield and Yuko Minamikawa Adams, artwork by Andrea Roe and stories by Chris Sewart, Jill Campbell, Mary Michaels and Simon Howells.

STAPLE 65: Summer 2006. 88pp. (£5.00)
Including poems by Lynne Wycherley, John Sewell, Tony Curtis, Ruth Valentine, Peter Carpenter, Knute Skinner, Cherry Smyth, Ruth O’Callaghan, Josh Ekroy, photographs by Ray Manley, and short fiction by Lesley Jackson, Roberta Dewa, Mark Czanik, Rosie Ford and Jonathan Taylor.

STAPLE 64: Spring 2006. 112pp. (£5.00)
Including Matthew Clegg on a Grasmere residency, poems by Ann Pilling, Virginia Astley, Peter Benson, Christine Brandel, Hugh Dunkerley, Helen Cadbury, River Wolton, Geoff Hattersley, James Caruth and Eleanor Cooke, photographs by Kiera Moore and Jack Burnicle and short fiction by Joel Lane, Sean Lusk, Maureen Gallagher, Rob Hindle and Richard Hollins.

STAPLE 62: Spring/Summer 2005. (£5.00)
Ten Years of Small Press Poets: An Alternative Generation

The Alt-Gen Promotion by Elizabeth Barrett, Matthew Clegg and Maggie Hannan, featured collections and poems from Mary Michaels, Geoff Hattersley, Martin Hayes, Josephine Dickinson, Robert Hamburger, Helen Macdonald, Nicholas Johnson, Jackie Wills, Stuart Pickford, Andrew Duncan, Joseph Woods and Lynne Wycherley. Also includes small press publishers and editors, and short fiction by Jay Merrill, Mark Czanik, Stephan Collishaw, Penny Feeny, Gregory Heath and David Swann.

JAMES CARUTH: A Stone’s Throw (Staple Press, 2007) £5.00
Debut collection from the winner of the 2006 Staple manuscript competition. James Caruth was born in Belfast in 1953. Educated in Ireland and Liverpool, he later lived in South Africa for a number of years before finally settling in Sheffield. Jean Sprackland praised the collection, considering that “James Caruth writes with warmth and humanity. His poems are accurate reminders of what really matters in our relationships with each other and the natural world”, while Roddy Lumsden notes that “These poems are carefully crafted and moving. [Caruth's] work has a deceptively simple quality, confident and straightforward, yet lifted by neat shifts of tone and well-chosen turns of phrase.”


20 Years Of Twentieth Century Poetry

Donald Measham and Bob Windsor’s dust-jacketed paperback anthology of poems selected from the first fifty issues of the magazine, including work by Elizabeth Gowing, Maurice Rutherford, Anne Kind, Ben Wilensky, D.A.Prince, Jon Silkin, Donald Measham, Pauline Stainer, Roger Elkin, Elizabeth Barrett, Tony Rees, Julian Stannard, Bob Windsor, Berlie Doherty, John Sewell, Ann Atkinson, Mary Maher, Michael Henry, Bob Cooper, Tobias Hill, Diana Syder, Julia Casterton, Catherine Byron and many more.

STAPLE 51: Summer 2001. 104pp. (SOLD OUT)
Including Melanie Giles on Archaeology, Poetry & Photography, poems by Stephen Blyth, Virgil Suarez, Jo Roach, Gregory Warren Wilson, Sally Festing, Jim Caruth, Sue Butler, C.J.Allen and short fiction by Mark Czanik, Morgan Omotoye, Steve Allen and Eleke Boehmer.

STAPLE 52: Autumn 2001. 108pp. (SOLD OUT)
Including John Sewell on The Writer’s Workshop, Diana Syder on Poetry and Science, poems by Brian Roberts, Clive Eastwood, Robin Ford, Jane Routh, and short fiction by Jeremy Worman, Jay Merill, Anita Shir-Jacob, Emmar Hamnett and Maud Betmel.

STAPLE 53: Spring 2002. 98pp. (SOLD OUT)
Including Gregory Warren Wilson on The Business Of Listening, Josephine Dickinson on The Truth Of The Line, poems by Derrick Buttress, Patricia Pogson, Howard Wright, June Hall, Bob Tristram, Sue Butler, Derek Eales and Laura Hartmark, and short fiction by Stephan Collishaw, Simon Howells, Duncan White, Jennifer Bailey and Penny Feeny.

STAPLE 57: Summer 2003. 107pp. (SOLD OUT)
Includes Stephan Collishaw on Burning The Translators Of Poetry, Denise Bennett on Poetry and Spirituality, poems by John Latham, Anne Ryland, Jocelyne Thébaut, John Gladwell, Cathy Grindrod, Dan Wyke and Kristina Close, and short fiction by Chris Sewart, A. Ni Mhaonaigh, Lee Stannard, Nora Nadjarian, Richard Hoyes and Susan Davis.

STAPLE 59: Spring 2004. 117pp. (SOLD OUT)
Including Richard Hoyes on My Cleethorpes, Kevin Borman on The Words and the Silences, Peter Day on A Kind of Amazement, poems by Linda Black, Dan Wyke, M.A. Schaffner, Julia Deakin, Jim Caruth, Jane Routh, and short fiction by Maureen Gallagher, Kevin Clay, T.S. Hayer, Joe Cassius Archer and Sheila Sherwen.

STAPLE 60: Summer 2004. 131pp. (SOLD OUT)
Including Poems and Critiques by Andy Hirst, Brian Lewis and Scott Thurston, feature sections on Carrie Etter and John Halliday, poems by Judith Wright, Marilyn Gunn, Howard Wright, John Gladwell, Christopher Barnes, Subhadassi, Shirin Jindini and Frank Dullagan, and short fiction by Eifion Rees, Neil Sproul, Jonathan Taylor and Paul Rayson.