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review of “Recipe for a Snow Bunting’s Nest”

              We were pleased to see this review of Mike Pratt’s “Recipe for a Snow Bunting’s Nest” in December’s issue of Crack magazine:

Nature can provide us with some stunning vistas, especially here in the north-east where our countryside and seascapes are up there with anything you’ll find anywhere. But Mike Pratt isn’t, in this wonderful collection of new poems, concerned with those magnificent rolling hills and huge skies. Instead he’s turned his attention on those little bits of nature that might have slipped us by, yet, nevertheless, contain a multitude of wonders: A Hare’s Toilet for instance: “Screened on three sides by grass, but open enough so that / a sitting hare, about its ablutions, might keep an eye on / things, enough to chill a little.”

Elsewhere toothwort is an “alien weirdness sort of flower, sucking the roots of tolerant trees” while grey wags are “Smart birds, business suited in slate grey and sharp citrine shirts, black moustachioed, their / incessant metronome tails wagging away”.

Forget the heavens and their endless scope: “the beach / re-makes its own constellations every tide, infinity / rearranging itself under water.” GM

Launch of Gordon Hodgeon’s final poems

Mudfog are publishing the last poems Gordon wrote.  The booklet will be launched in the conservatory at Preston Park, on the afternoon of Saturday 25th March at 3 o’clock.

Many of you will remember the launches of Gordon’s books “Old Workings” and “Talking to the Dead” at the same venue.

We hope to see you there.


Crossing the Tees Festival

Four Mudfog authors  read at Hartlepool library as part of the Crossing the Tees Festival:  Sheila Nichols,  Mel McEvoy, Patrick Shannon.

Launch of Mike Pratt’s new book

Mike Pratt’s new book, ‘Recipe for a Snow Bunting’s Nest’, will be launched as part of the T-Junction festival in April.

The launch event will be at mima, at 12:30 on Sunday April 17th, and as well as Mike’s launch it will feature a reading by Robin Moss.



Mike and Robin reading at Newcastle Lit ‘n Phil

Drake’s Bookshop ‘speed dating’

Come along and have quick chats with a range of local authors. Every 6 minutes a bell will ring and you’ll move on to the next author.

David Lynch of Mudfog will talk about Mudfog and some of our books will be available.

Mudfog authors Natalie Scott and Adrienne Silcox will be taking part.

Venue: The Storyteller’s Pub, Dovecot St, Stockton

When: 7-9 pm Wednesday 10th October



Mudfog Celebrated 20th Anniversary

Mudfog celebrated it’s 20th anniversay on 25th October 2014 with a special event at Middlesbrough Central Library.

Various writers who have been published over the years read from their books, both prose fiction and poetry,  including two former poet laureates of Middlesbrough,  Andy Willoughby and Norah Hill.

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