Candlestick Press Poetry Pamphlets

Candlestick Press Poetry Pamphlet

I recently ventured to the bookstore Waterstones to retrieve a present for our friend who was celebrating their birthday. They love poetry as much as I do so navigating myself over to the poetry aisle, I stumbled upon a collection of pamphlets between numerous poetry books and on the film cover it said “Instead of a card”. Pulling one of these pamphlets out for closer inspection I noticed it was a beautiful collection of Ten poems based on the subject of Friendship. There were others as well, such as ‘Ten Poems about Love’ and ‘Ten poems about Kindness’ but this particular one stood out (for obvious reasons). And I gasped excitedly “What a wonderful idea! Instead of wasting money on a card that will be thrown away the next day, I’ll get this!”. I also bought a Magnetic Poetry Kit as well, and I am happy to say my friend loved both gifts.

These Pamphlets are created by Candlestick Press,who are a small independent publishing company based in Nottingham and I believe this is a fantastic way of introducing poetry to a wider audience in the form of utilizing a zine or booklet as a greeting card. The pamphlets come with an envelope and a blank bookmark to doodle your happy birthday message on. These pamphlets by Candlestick Press work as both card and keepsake, or if it’s Christmas, they make wonderful stocking fillers.

The design and paper texture is exquisite and the content is well thought out. It also inspired me to make my own pamphlet or zine. I will be investing in more of these to add to my poetry collection and I definitely will be buying more for friends and family who would appreciate this sort of concept. Some of the poetry pamphlets have unusual subjects too, there is a booklet called “Ten Poems about Knitting” and another is called “Ten Poems about Chickens.” and my favorite (which will be my next purchase) is entitled “Ten Poems about Tea”. There appears to be something for everyone including poetry for Cricket fans, poetry about sheep, poems about Wales or London and pamphlets for your kiddos such as “Five Poems about Creepy Crawlies”, which in itself is a wonderfully creative idea of introducing poetry to your children.

The only criticism I do have is that they don’t offer unpublished poets the chance to submit their work, whilst I do understand this is because they commission researchers to find poems from well known poets and collections plus I am aware the average person is less likely to buy poetry from an unknown poet, however, to me it does make the whole project seem a little elitist. Candlestick Press would benefit hugely from opening their doors to fledgling poets who have fresh and contemporary ways of expressing their ideas and would love to be given the chance to prove their worth. But then I do understand the stress involved in having to sift through hundreds of submissions and I do like the idea of keeping things traditional, especially when there are now numerous poetry platforms with more of a contemporary edge. This is only a minor criticism and I have loved the poems they have selected so far.

Overall, Candlestick Press have created something truly unique and very lovely and I look forward to reading future pamphlets as well as watching them grow and expand as a company. I’d love to see their charming pamphlets being sold in supermarkets and shopping malls too, because they deserve the recognition.
Visit & shop at Candlestick Press to read more of their poetry pamphlets.

Have a friend or family member who is a poetry and literary geek? Check out this great website offering wonderful gifts: The Literary Gift Company

Also worth checking out:
Rialto Magazine The UK’s primary Poetry magazine.
Dancing Girl Press Is an indie press & design studio in the USA.
Popshot Magazine Is an illustrated literary Magazine.
Damselfly Press Online poetry platform for women’s voices.
decomP Online literary Magazine.
writebloody A small, independent poetry publisher in the USA.
Rebelle Society Literary space to write what you feel.
Poetry Space a UK based Poetry Platform.

Fancy reading more book reviews? Click on the links below:

Book Review of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops By Jen Campbell
Quotes I like from The Book of Dharma by Simon Haas
Book review of Alchemy of the Heart by Elizabeth Prophet
Book Review of Shamanic way of the Bee by Simon Buxton
Book Review of Love poems from God by Daniel Ladinsky
Book Review of Yoga for Travelers by Jennifer Ellinghaes
Book review on yoga books (miscellaneous)
Book Review on Kinfolk Magazine issues 11 & 12
Beautiful children’s books part one
Book review on the Book of Symbols by Taschen
Book Review on the children’s picture book ABC Dream by Kim Krans
Book Haul on Art Therapy Books
Book Haul on more Art Therapy Books

Joyful Things 23

Alexandra DvornikovaImage source: Alexandra Dvornikova.

I’ve been writing a lot. So much so that I’m getting headaches and my sleep is restless. It’s OK though, I’m enjoying this time, I am feeling very wordy at the moment and I’ve purchased quite a few poetry books and novels to review on this blog, because why the hell not? I’d say Literature was probably my second favorite subject at school, beaten only slightly by Art since at the time I felt Art gave me more freedom and Literature has a tendency to be taught in a regimented way in schools.

Regardless, because of my love of both forms of expression I do enjoy fusing both together as mixed media pieces, I include text or script to my video installations and I’m currently creating an illustrated poetry book.
I, surprisingly didn’t like P.E at school, I was the pudgy kid nobody wanted on their team and yet here I am, a Belly Dancer and Kids Yoga teacher who enjoys reading books on Anatomy and Fitness Instructing but I also love creating workshops involving all four forms of expression I love dearly: Art, Dance, Poetry and Yoga.

I think, looking back I’ve always been a mixed media creative and this is probably why people misunderstand me, because I can’t be tucked neatly into one category and I’m not afraid to show my many facets either so I’m criticized a lot for just being me. but I feel pretty amazing from within right now, I feel at peace in discovering who I really am, I am enjoying this journey and that feels truly empowering and therefore the critics don’t affect me as much anymore.

But anyway, I have some book reviews and interviews to complete and publish before and during my trip to Bulgaria,and it looks like I’ll be carrying quite a few books with me. Oh! The problem with being a book nerd!
Here are ten Joyful Things for your viewing pleasure!

Florence and the Machine sings to a girl with bone cancer, in hospital.
An old farm in the mountains of Costa Rica was turned into a sanctuary for 900 dogs.
Just purchased The Clay Girl, it’s a magical realist novel. Super excited to read & review it.
We’re off to Bulgaria soon, check out these beautiful places we might visit.
Hilarious video of British men trying to get a bike of an electric fence.
Yummy, summery ice cream recipes up on Goop!
Interesting article about giving our emotions space so we can heal.
I LOVE Shakira’s new single, have you heard it? It has a lovely, summery vibe.
Clever recycling machine feeds stray dogs, this is a wonderful idea!
Ten must see Bookshops in the world according to the Guardian.

*Art work by Alexandra Dvornikova. She’s a Russian artist training to be an art therapist. I’ve just discovered her work and instantly fell in love. I adore how mystical and macabre her paintings are. Almost reminiscent of the old folkloric tales.

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops//Book Review

weird things customers say in bookshops, book review
I first discovered Jen Campbell by chance when searching for some new poetry book recommendations on youtube as I wanted something new to read on holiday in Bulgaria. Jen Campbell is a booktuber, author, poet and works at an antiquarian bookshop (although I’m unsure if she still works there now due to doing numerous book tours and writing workshops.) On discovering she has had some of her own books published I wanted to check them out. I felt considerably drawn to ‘Weird things customers say in Bookshops’ because it has been a while since I’ve read something lighthearted, funny and relatable. After many months reading highbrow tomes about Yoga & Hindu Philosophy I needed a break to leisurely chuckle to myself over a comedic book and ‘Weird Things customers say in Bookshops’ did just that. I can relate to a lot of the hilarious conversations because I also work part time in retail and my mother was a manager of Harvey’s furniture store and so reading through the pages of this book brought back memories from when I was little and my mum would come home and act out weird conversations she’d had with her customers, One particular lady was called ‘Mrs Fookit’ who asked whether a sofa she was interested in was impermeable because she suffers with sweaty thighs, and I have plentiful tales from when I worked in Ann Summers, Athena Gift shop and Primark.

At times I’d laugh out loud at this witty, little book and I’d then have to share the parts I have read with others.
This is also what I love about the book, it’s a great little conversation starter, it’s a wonderful mood booster and a brilliant Birthday or Christmas gift. The book itself is a lovely size to pop into your satchel, the illustrations throughout are cute and reminiscent of retro newspaper comic strips and the book conversations are short and simple, perfect for your early morning commute on the train.
Jen Campbell author, weird things customers say in bookshops

With customer comments like:
“Do you have this children’s book I’ve heard about? Its supposed to be very good. It’s called “Lionel Ritchie and the Wardrobe.”‘

“I read a book in the sixties. I don’t remember the author, or the title. But it was green, and it made me laugh.Do you know which one I mean?”

“Do you have any pop-up books about sex education?”

It’s hard not to laugh and also visualize the look on the book sellers face having heard such ridiculously, peculiar remarks.

This book is a funny and honest look at the ridiculous realities of retail and it really makes you wonder how these customers can function as adults in the rest of their lives?
The one critique I have of this book is that it has a dust jacket and this is purely a personal opinion based on my lifestyle. Books with dust jackets, to me, mean they can’t leave the house in case it catches on something and tears.
I’m always on the go, if I am not traveling abroad, I’m here, there and everywhere in the UK and I’ve always got at least 3 books in my backpack. I’d prefer an edition that is paperback or hardback with the cover already printed on it. But this is just a personal preference and the tiniest criticism. Overall this book is refreshing, cute and amusing.

Jen Campbell has also written & published other books, I think I’ll end up purchasing all of them soon. Check them out in the links below!





And here is her youtube channel for everything bookish! Jen is a pleasure to watch because her enthusiasm for books, writing, poetry and Literature just radiates through the screen so please do check her out if, like me you are a book lover.

Fancy reading more book reviews? Click on the links below:
Quotes I like from The Book of Dharma by Simon Haas
Book review of Alchemy of the Heart by Elizabeth Prophet
Book Review of Shamanic way of the Bee by Simon Buxton
Book Review of Love poems from God by Daniel Ladinsky
Book Review of Yoga for Travelers by Jennifer Ellinghaes
Book review on yoga books (miscellaneous)
Book Review on Kinfolk Magazine issues 11 & 12
Beautiful children’s books part one
Book review on the Book of Symbols by Taschen
Book Review on the children’s picture book ABC Dream by Kim Krans
Book Haul on Art Therapy Books
Book Haul on more Art Therapy Books

An interview with Artist Rebecca Liggett

Describe who you are and what you do in three sentences or less.
I’m Rebecca, I’m 27, living in the heart of the countryside in Cumbria. I’m a self taught crocheter and I make toys and blankets.

Tell is your life journey and how it lead you to Art and becoming a Primary school teacher?
Art was my favourite subject at school. When I was at college and getting ready to go to university, I was unsure what I wanted to do career-wise so I chose art as it was something I was good at and I got enjoyment out of. I had a wonderful 4 years at university, surrounded by creativity and like-minded people. Since university, I have moved more towards crafts than fine art. I bought some wool and crochet hooks, and taught myself to crochet by watching tutorials on YouTube, and I’ve been creating since. I have worked in retail for over 5 years, whilst crafting in my spare time. I’m ready for a change that is rewarding and will bring challenges, which is why I’m hopefully embarking on a PGCE this September to teach primary school children.

What are your other passions and interests?
I have an obsession with wool, it comes with crocheting I think! Part of the fun is picking out wool, choosing the right colours and textures for a new project. I have so many bags of balls of wool that I’m ‘saving for something special’ but I just love the different textures and colours. I also do a lot of cross stitching, which I find really therapeutic. My mum always wonders how I
have so much patience for it! I love to read, I’m currently reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams which is brilliant. I also enjoy being outdoors, walking and being at one with nature. I play the violin, too, which I don’t practice nearly as often as I should!

From your perspective why is art a beneficial activity in a school curriculum and in our daily lives?
Without getting too political, it angers me that arts and funding for these are being slashed right across the country. The message being given is that the arts are not important. Art should absolutely be just as important as core subjects in the school curriculum. Not every child is academically wired up to be good at maths, english and science. Children in their early years learn through creativity, play, and express themselves through drawings and paintings. Art has the ability to stretch the imagination, encouraging visual thinking and observation. As they develop, a piece of art that a child has created is a representation of their ideas, emotions, beliefs and values. Being able to represent yourself is really important.

Who or what inspires you?
I find a lot of inspiration in nature. Certain colours in flowers inspire projects, particularly as I make a lot of flower granny squares to join into blankets. There are so many artists and craftspeople that I find inspirational, too many for me to list here!

In your career and life, what’s been your greatest asset? And, if you care to share, your greatest hindrance? How did you overcome it?
I’d say my greatest asset is my determination. If I’m knocked down then I pick myself up, dust myself off and carry on, even if it means taking a different path. I don’t celebrate my achievements nearly enough. Every so often I’ll look back at finished crochet projects and my heart will swell with pride that I taught myself how to do that. I’ve struggled with lack of confidence too, but I’m slowly learning that each stepping stone is a leap to being more confident. Rather than looking at these as hindrances, I try to see them as a work in progress, something that I can be better at.

What is your personal measure of success and what makes you happy?
For me, it’s the small things in life that make me happy. Losing myself in a good book; crafting; being outdoors; spending time with loved ones; music; tending to my ever growing (can also be read as over growing!) collection of plants; feeling the warmth of the sun; a good brew and the smell of rain; all contribute to my happy-o-meter!

Measuring success can sound like an ending, almost as if you have reached the top and can go no further. We all have the ability to grow and even if something has been a success, you can still keep working on it. I’m trying to be better at celebrating my achievements and success. I don’t believe that success should ever be measured by comparing your own life to someone else’s, though!

What is your best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Step outside your comfort zone. I think I’d still be teetering tentatively on the edge of many decisions now if I hadn’t been told by several people to ‘just give it a go, what’s the worst that can happen?’

What’s next for you and what are your life goals? Give us a glimpse into your bucket list?
Well, hopefully I’ll be starting a PGCE in September which will take up quite a lot of my time. I’ll still make time to do the things I love though! I’d love to run an after school club teaching children to crochet! One thing on my bucket list is to travel around Europe. I really want to get out and see some wonderful places and experience different cultures! Budapest, Rome, Prague and Reykjavik are at the top of my list.

Do you have any tips and advice for those wishing to pursue their dreams? Do you have an inspirational quote or mantra you live by that you’d like to share?
Go for something you dream of, even if it’s completely out of your comfort zone. Some of the best things I’ve done have come from stepping out of my comfort zone. I know this is cliche, but you only get one shot at life. Do what you want to do, for you. It’s your life to live, no one else’s. Above all, be happy!

Follow Rebecca on Instagram to keep up to date of all the wonderful things she crafts: Woolly Bee Crochet
Want to read other interviews? Click on the links below.
An Interview with Sarah-Yoga Teacher & Psychology graduate
An Interview with Nicole of Pure Soul Holistics
An Interview with Jenny of Alligator Smiles glass artistry
An Interview with Violeta a Jewellery designer from Surray

Quotes I like from The Book of Dharma

The book of Dharma is a wonderfully enlightening book. Easy to read but full of wisdom Simon Haas invites you to explore what Dharma is and how to invoke it in your daily life. Dharma is an ancient system for bringing out your full potential, how to make enlightened choices and practice mindfulness. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I think I read it in one sitting and I wanted to share some of the quotes that I loved. There were so many I underlined and framed for future reference but I can not and do not want to showcase them all on here, I wouldn’t want to spoil your full enjoyment of reading this book. So here are my top 12 quotes to tease you and hopefully encourage you to buy the book!

Indian Philosphy

book of Dharma

the Dharma code

yogic philosophy

yoga book

book reviewer

read this book

wonderful quote

spiritual quote


Hindu Philosophy
Other books I’ve revewied in my Read archive:
January Book Haul 2017: Earthy books
Autumn Book Haul 2016: TEFL text book, a poetry book and two novels
Summer Book Haul 2016: Two poetry books, dance therapy book and a yoga book
Book review of Alchemy of the Heart by Elizabeth Prophet
Book Review of Shamanic way of the Bee by Simon Buxton
Book Review of Love poems from God by Daniel Ladinsky
Book Review of Yoga for Travelers by Jennifer Ellinghaes
Book review on yoga books (miscellaneous)
Book Review on Kinfolk Magazine issues 11 & 12
Beautiful children’s books part one
Book review on the Book of Symbols by Taschen
Book Review on the children’s picture book ABC Dream by Kim Krans
Book Haul on Art Therapy Books
Book Haul on more Art Therapy Books