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Dance for those who'd rather not / What's it like for you?

By Crysse Morrison & Hazel Stewart

Crysse Morrison and Hazel Stewart share their musings as Live and Lippy.

Crysse is the older one who brags about being a crone and writes snippy stuff mostly meant to be witty while Hazel is the dreamy lyricist. 

They share a passion for exploring the limit of words to connect with experience and a love of liquorice. Actually no, not liquorice, liquor. And Lorca, of course.

Hazel is happy to take ‘dreamy lyricist’ but she’d like to be more of an ageing psychedelic Tinkerbell, with Iggy Pop as her inner critic. But whatever else, she’s a practitioner of word magic and a fan of Celtic mysticism.

Together they are definitely alive, and certainly lippy.


This publication combines two collections in one, Dance for those who'd rather not / What's it like for you?, and features artwork by Mel Day.

Published by Caldew Press in 2022.

Price £7.50 (plus postage and packing).


Into The Wild

By Nick Robinson

This poetry collection is inspired by the glory of nature from many forays into wild locations. Nick Robinson has captured many bewildering concepts focusing largely on the Lake District 

and surrounding area, including: the idea of the sublime, fauna in nature and human perception of the wild.

Through a series of gently crafted poems, and illustrations,

Nick shares his personal affection for the landscape of

Northern England in a collection also dedicated to a wonderful and much missed mother.

Published by Caldew Press in 2022.

Price £5.00 (plus postage and packing).


SpeakEasy Magazine Freiraum: Phase 2

A collection of stories, ideas and dreams in poetry, prose, songs, art, photos, film and life – following on from the Goethe-Insitut's Freiraum project in 2018 in which SpeakEasy explored the themes of Isolation, Over-coming Isolation, and Freedom. Phase 2 revisits these themes and also examines Art and Creativity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many of the pieces in this book were incorporated into the SpeakEasy meets Freiraum film which premiered on YouTube on 31st October 2020.

Published by Caldew Press in 2022.

Price £10.00 (plus postage and packing).


Tony Hendry

Tony Hendry was a good man, he was very kind and supportive and a brilliant poet. The news of his passing has come as a shock to many who knew him and he'll be much missed. 

He grew up in Cockermouth. He worked in the Civil Service in London for many years and retired to Carlisle in 2010.

He joined local writing and poetry groups, including SpeakEasy open mic hosted by Nick Pemberton, and later Phil Hewitson.

Tony had a lifelong stammer which he was determined would not stop him sharing his words. It was always inspiring to see and hear him share his poems.

When Tony sang his stammer disappeared and he was so fluent.

He loved folk music and supported the local folk music scene, and festivals including Music On The Marr.

In 2019 he approached Caldew Press to produce a collection of his poetry, and it was great to collaborate with him, Hunt Emerson and Susan Cartwright-Smith to produce Fresh Air.

He was thrilled with the book, and with his book launch at Cakes and Ale, especially the readings Becca Roberts and Phil did of his work alongside the man himself.

He loved Cumbria, the Lake District, the landscape, the myths, the nature, he had completed all the Wainwrights, and this was often reflected in the really beautiful poems which he wrote.


Carlisle Folk Experience

John Hegley and Errant Thieves joined Jean Hill's Carlisle Folk Experience at the RAOB Club in Carlisle on Thursday 9th December 2021, for an evening of music and poetry, including readings and performances from A Scarcity of Biscuit, recently published by Caldew Press.

For more information or to purchase a copy of John Hegley's A Scarcity of Biscuit please email:

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David Simmons and Mark Griffiths launched their poetry collections at Cakes & Ale cafe in Carlisle on Friday 5th November 2021 with an evening of readings and performances from Carlisle in Haiku Form and GRID, recently published by Caldew Press.

Thanks to Steve, Frida and Lucy for making the evening happen.

Both books are available from Bookends in Carlisle priced £8.00.

For more information about the collections please email:

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A Scarcity of Biscuit

By John Hegley

John Hegley weaves a colourful collection of musings, drawings and dialogues around the poems, letters and loved ones of John Keats. If you are a lover of Keats’ poetry, or are newer to the poet and want to explore his work, this collection allows the reader to share in the author's enthusiasm and passion for one of Britain's best loved literary figures.

John Hegley was born in Islington, North London, in 1953 and currently lives in the neighbouring borough of Hackney. He was educated at schools in Luton and Bristol before studying Sociology/European Literature and the History of Ideas at the University of Bradford. His livelihood has mainly been made by creating and performing content for workshops, festivals and theatre and radio. This has consisted of songs, poems, drawings, and other activities, including French baroque dance. 

He was the Keats House poet in residence in 2012.

Published by Caldew Press in 2021.

Price £8.00 (plus postage and packing).


GRID: An outside inside journey through Cumbria

By Mark Griffiths

GRID is a collection of site-specific poems, songs, prose and images concerning Cumbria and the Lake District. It is the artist’s meditations on his life-long relationship with this part of North-West England, and it offers a thoughtful companion for all who feel a strong sense of place and fraternity with the landscape. 

Mark Griffiths is an artist, writer and musician living and working in the Eden Valley, Cumbria. He has performed his work extensively, sometimes under the pseudonym of Fernando Smith, and his work has appeared in collections, journals and pamphlets across the UK. His first collection of poetry Welcome to the Golden Life was published in 2010.

For over 35 years he has worked with children and families experiencing difficulty and trauma, often by making use of the arts and the outdoors. 

Published by Caldew Press in 2021.

Price £8.00 (plus postage and packing).


Lockdown Town 

By Philip Hewitson

A collection of funny and angry poems written during, and as a response to, the COVID-19 pandemic. Various topics come under scrutiny including; the handling of the crisis by the UK Government; the slightly strange and often surreal experience of living in lockdowns; other news and events during these unusual times; and the hopes that a vaccine might lead us tentatively towards a return to ‘normal’.

Phil is a writer, poet, illustrator and filmmaker, born and raised in Carlisle. He makes films for Tolivar Productions, organises Film Fling festivals, hosts SpeakEasy spoken-word open mic night and publishes books through Caldew Press.

Published by Caldew Press in 2021.

Price £5.00 (plus postage and packing).


Carlisle in Haiku Form: First Impressions

By David Simmons

Poet, David Simmons, shares his affection for the Great Border City, and the surrounding area, in 'Carlisle in Haiku Form'. Seventeen illustrations accompany over a hundred handcrafted haiku which make up the collection providing a unique take on the city and its history. From Roman cricketers and Cracker Packers to Olympic hopefuls and Lady Gaga, there's a bespoke Carlisle haiku connection!

Published by Caldew Press in 2021.

Price £8.00 (plus postage and packing).


We shared some lovely pieces inspired by John Keats, and then John Hegley (accompanied by Cristina's beautiful Italian translations, and occasionally Phil playing the part of John Keats) entertained us with a wonderful collection of poems, songs and thoughts based around Keats.

He was thrilled with all our paper fishes, our poems and letters, and for the warm welcome. It was a really fun event and a huge thank you to everyone who was able to join us.

Hopefully we can meet in real life in the not too distant future!


'Writing, Drawing and Drawing out the Creative' with John Hegley.

John Hegley led an online workshop with Caldew Press on Zoom on Saturday 14th November 2020.

There was a wonderful creative mix and he was really thrilled with all the responses, and particularly liked the drawings of all the biscuits!

He looks forward to hopefully doing some more stuff with us in the not too distant future.

SpeakEasy Farewell to Foxes Cafe

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