The Albion Beatnik Bookstore website (or how a bookshop can change a light bulb)

The web page of the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford: muses and misspills on books, jazz, poetry, stuff like false flags and smoke screen: is randomly decrepid and is neo-bankrupt: is so analogue it's anal.

The Albion Beatnik Press

frontcover-ss2The Sandspout is the quarterly magazine produced by the Albion Beatnik Bookstore. The third issue was published in April 2017; the second issue was published in November 2016. Contributors included Heathcote Williams, Sally Bayley, Andrew McNeillie, Virginia Moffatt, Yvonne Eller, John Lanyon, and many others. 162pp. £3.
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baret-frontcoverRecently published is Baret Magarian’s novella Mirror and Silhouette, a tale that is of the shadow self, set amidst the backdrop of Venice. It is a story about the changing nature of identity and the inescapability of the past. Bryony, a rich and beautiful woman who has moved to Venice, invites an old friend to stay, and the story he tells her seems to trigger his disappearance. Bryony, in the meantime, falls for the pleasures and masquerades of Venetian life. At a masked ball she meets a fascinating stranger dressed as the Plague Doctor. In the end, she tells him her own story, which is entwined with that of the rich uncle whose wealth she has inherited: a series of life-affirming and nightmarish experiences. 77pp, B format paperback, £4.
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0001YrPublished January 2016 were two collections of short stories:

Black Milk by Olivia Stewart Liberty, a collection of related five short stories about a twelve-year-old child and her view of the world, largely shaped by, and rebelling against, her narcissistic mother. 71pp, B format paperback, £4.
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0001ZcOde to Jouissance by Dan Holloway contains three short stories that explore nostalgia and eroticism in the fragments of modern Europe. 54pp, B format paperback, £4.
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Two editions of Ash, the Oxford University Press magazine, were published for Trinity and Hilary term. £5 each.

Also published was an anthology for the Back Room Poets, Infinite Riches in a Little Room. £7.

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Humphrey Astley’s poetry pamphlet, The Gallows-Humored Melody, was published in October 2016. It has two connected themes of music and mortality. It contains 18 poems. £5.
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Ghost Notes is an anthology of poems to celebrate All Hallows, edited by Jenny Lewis and Dennis Harrison, and produced after a poetry day workshop led by Mimi Khalvati, and an evening poetry reading led by Mimi, Alison Brackenbury, Claire Crowther and Lee Jing-Jing, with members of The Poets’ House, 31st October 2015. £4.
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When Life

 

In association with Lucie Forejtova of Immaginacija, Albion Beatnik Press produced a full collection of poetry When Life Looks Like Easy Street by Oxford-based poet George Roberts. The book is 96 pages, contains 47 poems and is George’s first collection. It is beautifully stitched, Coptic bound, with endpaper designed specifically for the book. £12.
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Immaginacija has handmade stationery stock in the Albion Beatnik for sale. It accepts commissions, and is so suitable for small press publications, particularly poetry.

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The Sounds of Surprise is a hand-stitched poetry pamphlet produced to coincide with a poetry festival that took place in the shop in October 2012 (nearly five weeks continuous evening readings, including poetry and jazz concerts). poets include John Hegley, Michael Horovitz, Helen Mort, Alan Buckley, Jo Bell, Bernard O’Donoghue, Jamie McKendrick, and many others. £6. Currently not available.

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