roughly speaking 300






cole younger 300


supper book 330



zen and the art of presence



odium 300




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THE STORY OF COLE YOUNGER, BY HIMSELF: 1903 publication by famous Missouri outlaw Cole Younger

The first mention of Cole Younger's involvement in crime came in 1868 when authorities identified him as a member of a gang who robbed Nimrod Long & Co., a bank in Russellville, Kentucky. Witnesses subsequently gave identifications that matched Cole Younger in robberies carried out over the next few years as the outlaws robbed banks and stagecoaches in Missouri and Kentucky. On July 21, 1873, they turned to train robbery derailing a locomotive and looting the express car on the Rock Island Railroad in Adair, Iowa. Younger and his brothers were also suspects in hold-ups of stage coaches, banks, and trains in Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, and West Virginia. The James and Younger brothers survived capture longer than most contemporary outlaws because of their support among former Confederates and in time Jesse James became the public face of the gang, appealing to the public in letters to the press and statements left behind at robberies, claiming to be the victim of vindictive Radical Republicans. Cole Younger's book The Story of Cole Younger by Himself was published in 1903 and is available free as an ebook from this site, with a new introduction, including notes on Cole Younger's many portrayals in cinema, from the 1940s onwards.

ROUGHLY SPEAKING by Eddie Gibbons: A notice to poets, encouraging you to visit your rejected poems

Leamington Books is pleased to be publishing Eddie Gibbon's New and Rejected Poems, Volume One - "Roughly Speaking".  This is a collection of rejected verse from the earliest moments of the poet's career in the 1960s, to date.  There are some little known facts about rejected poetry that are worth consideration.  First, an editor is usually just another writer; even if they are not a writer, they are for sure not an ultimate judge of your work.  Some poets have told me that a poem can go out up to 20 times before finding publication. Averages vary, but averages appear to be anywhere between 5 and 10 times.  Know this also that there is a perfect match for every poem out there somewhere and that anyway, most writers are rejected most of the time. There are in fact a lot of rejection reasons and even more rejection stories and some of those rejected poems never find their way into public attention and are instead abandoned and filed in what as known as the bottom drawer. Such was the case with Eddie Gibbons until in 2012 when he began reviewing the rejected works he had held on file since as long ago as 1969.  In 2012 then inspired by these many rejected works, Eddie began the assemblage of these mighty New and Rejected poems.  The collection Roughly Speaking gathers both rejected and new poems though does not identify which are which, and is completed by a selection of 12 poems from Eddie's collections.

THE ONE O'CLOCK GUN ANTHOLOGY: 2004 Keith Farquhar and the shovel

In the top centre of this page is an image created for the One O'Clock Gun Volume One number 2.  If you want to see this picture writ large and in its immense original detail, you can get more than a hint of it at the OOCG website  Published quarterly and distributed free in Edinburgh's bars and bookshops the One O'Clock Gun began in 2004 as a thought provoking, ballsy and often irreverent paper that initially appeared with a humble few followers and developed into a unique Scottish literary publication. Distributed from handmade wooden boxes, the One O’Clock Gun appears to be an A4 sheet but in fact folds out to a massive double-sided A2 broadsheet, both sides crammed with stories poems and illustrations. Although the Gun began with a handful of writers penning their stories under pseudonyms it wasn’t long before amateur and professional authors alike were attracted. In 2010 Leamington Books published the One O’Clock Gun Anthology which captures the best of the first years of the Gun.  The Anthology features 43 writers and original Gun art from Lucy McKenzie, and also has 16 colour photographic plates taken by Robin Gillanders, to give a true flavour of what the Gun was all about.

Keith Farquhar's website and Lucy McKenzie at Wikipedia