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December 4, 2010

Buy The Forest / Buy Books

If you’ve been following the Save The Forest campaign, you know that the premises at 3 Bristo Place is up for sale. This means costly relocation, closure or The FOREST buys the building. Everyone can help the cause and I’ll hope you’ll consider buying one of these fine anthologies from Forest Publications. All proceeds will go directly to buying or relocating The Forest and you’ll get a lovely anthology of the finest new writing, and great music! Support this worthwhile cause. See below for all the details of go directly to Forest Publication’s on-line store to make a purchase!

The Golden Hour Book (and CD) Vol. II



If you enjoy words, the answer is ‘yes’. If you enjoy sounds, the answer is ‘yes’. Even if you have not answered ‘yes’, the answer is still ‘yes’. For The Golden Hour Book Volume II is not just a book: it is also a natural resource that may save your life. Its pages will burn without being consumed. It keeps tigers away.

The accompanying CD is equally essential: it can be used as a plate, or better still, sharpened and thrown like a shuriken into the throat of your enemy. Even if the end approaches, there is still the consolation of the words and sounds within — fine poems, stories, and songs from over three dozen poets, writers and musicians — all of which are guaranteed to take your mind off things.


‘There is genuine wit, deep feeling and real entertainment in this most enjoyable volume. Light-hearted and serious by turns, The Golden Hour Book Volume II contains some of the best and freshest new writing I have come across for quite a while.’

– Ron Butlin, Edinburgh Makar

Words From

  • Ericka Duffy, When We Were Broke
  • Andrew Philip, The Melody at Night, With You; The Berlin Jar; Watergaw
  • Jane Griffiths, Lessons From My First Giraffe, Laws of Physics, St Stephen Place
  • Spencer Thompson, Pancake, Am I a Bastard?
  • Julia Boll, A House in Disorder
  • Gloria Dawson, Lapse, A La Fin Tu Es Las
  • Benjamin Morris, What I Like in Fights, The Apricot Pit, Hitchin
  • Jason Morton, The Basics of Time Travel
  • Kapka Kassabova, Buenos Aires: When I Return
  • Alan Gillis, Anglican, Sifting Through
  • Kona Macphee, Leprosy, fen train
  • Phil Harrison, The Birds, Like
  • Nick Holdstock, A Golden Bowl
  • Aiko Harman, Lunch, Dragon Sculpting
  • Russell Jones, The Electric, How to Kill a Blackbird, B. 1984
  • Robert Alan Jamieson, The Commissioners Investigate
  • Jane Flett, Flamingos
  • Claire Askew, Flash; Dreaming My Mother: Tynefield, Penrith, 1974
  • Ryan Van Winkle, Open the Connections, She Says; Waiting for the Ocean; The Apartment
  • Lindsay Bower, What it’s Like When You’re Older


Music From

  • Billy Liar, It Starts Here
  • Vadoinmessico, Cave
  • Mat Riviere, FYH
  • Tuberians, Tuberians Have Landed
  • Bob Hilary & The Massive Mellow, Hear Mi
  • The Black Diamond Express, Jack
  • Asazi Space Funk Explosion, Syababona
  • Kevin Molloy, Goddess Of The Rain
  • Sarazin Blake, India Or Spain
  • Skeleton Bob, Love Song
  • Diddley Squat, Camel Song
  • Robin Grey, Women
  • Mammoth, Sunshine
  • Groaner & Heid, Massive Genius
  • Jonny Berliner, Kneeling Down
  • Poor Edward, Children Of Little Or No Importance
  • Francois & The Atlas Mountains, I’m So Glad I Met You
  • Chandra, Malaika
  • Jack Richold, Lady Of The Calico
  • Withered Hand, Takeaway Food


“The CD sounds like that tent you find in the middle of the madness of one of the larger festivals. You know the tent, the one where you have no idea who any of the people on the stage are, but you find yourself staying there all day just to see who’s on next. With over 20 contributors, including the likes of Billy Liar, Withered hand, Skeleton Bob, Johnny Berliner, Chandra and The Black Diamond Express amongst others, I can almost guarantee that your new favourite song is contained within, waiting to be discovered.

‘When we Were Broke’ by Ericka Duffy is possibly one of the most beautiful and true stories I have ever read. It’s been a long time since a story has made me choke up. Other highlights, which are hard to pick out from a book made up of highlights, include ‘The Birds, Like’ by Phil Harrison, a wickedly captivating tale told from the point of view of a frustrated bully, and the poem ‘Lunch’ by Aiko Harman, if only because it mentions peanut butter, which in my world is a condiment. All in all this collection is a superb little package that you will return to over and over, highly recommended. ” –, Nov 2009

National Post

“A very impressive literary and music anthology. A dinky little paperback packed with stories and poetry, most of which are very good indeed, and a 20 track CD full of bands I have never heard of but also mostly splendid. (****)” – Scott Pack, Dec 2009

The Beat Surrender, 18 Dec 2009

“An eclectic, experimental, gently explosive treasure trove that brings together some of the creative combustions which light up the Forest Cafe.” – Edinburgh Evening News, 2 Jan 2010

“Reviewing this collection is like trying to herd cats into a sack — beautiful cats, strangely furred rippling, not quite tamed. It is a bold and commendable venture: to give voice to a number of (relatively) unknown artists although many of the writers have been short-listed for or won prizes. The Forest is to be applauded for the originality of this project. There is simply too much to cram into this review …. Best thing to do: buy a copy. Invite some friends round. Open some bottles. Host your own Golden Hour. Dance to poetry. Then do it again next week.” – Northwords Now, Autumn 2009

Oct. 20 – 2010 – Open Door vs The Golden Hour

October 18, 2010

THE GOLDEN HOUR!  Year of Open Doors Party!

October 20th, 2010
Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Pl
Free! Free! Free! (byob)


Sophie Cooke – will not hurt you.

Kevin MacNeil – gets behind the method actor’s mask.

Doug Johnstone – actually doesn’t mind the taste of soap, thank you very much.


Caro Bridges – music + words = songs

Small Feet Little Toes – a solo acoustic performance – strum strum, sing sing

White Heath – brings the heavy metal thunder!

We open doors for YOU!

Golden Hour — September 22nd, 2010 – FREE

September 20, 2010


September 22nd, 2010
Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Pl
Free! Free! Free! (byob)


Michel Faber — Novelist & accidental Train Spotter brings stories.

Lorraine Mccauley Trio — featuring Guitar / Vocals, Cello / Glockenspiel , Viola / Mandolin and Accordion. It is atmospheric, melodic, lyrically beautiful, haunting and mostly gentle.

Michael Pedersen — award-winning lexical butter churner and fluffy maned man.

screen kids — power comes out and at you.

Nalini Paul – new chapbook


Ottersgear – get in!

See you there!

Call For Submissions — This Next One Goes Out To…

September 18, 2010

Have you been inspired by a song?

Was it a tune that drove you to tears, then to the page?

Or perhaps an adventure centred around a killer gig?

Well then, we want your  short stories, poetry, music journalism, essays, photography and artwork!

Forest Publications Presents …

This Next One Goes Out To… is our homage to the relationship between literature and music.

Submissions should generally be less than 5000 words.

Send work

Please send photos and artwork as high-res images

Deadline: October 30, 2010

Forest Publications has always enjoyed the relationship between music and literature. Both The Golden Hour Book 1 and The Golden Hour Book 2 have included a cd featuring artists like John Crave, Le Enfant Bastard, Withered Hand, Francois & the Atlas Mountains, & Billy Liar. Each month, we produce  The Golden Hour  which takes place in the Forest Cafe, Edinburgh. The Golden Hour is an event that combines readings, bad jokes, music, funny jokes, dancing and visual rubbish in a cabaret setting. Readers have ranged from relatively unknown, untested writers to those with international followings like AL Kennedy and Michel Faber. Many of our musicians friends have gone on to claim critical and commercial success. Forest Publications has been generously funded by the Scottish Arts Council. To learn more about The Golden Hour visit

To read about The Golden Hour in the news visit: & … olden-hour

Krystelle Bamford – New Chapbook!

August 21, 2010

Check Out This New Book! On sale in t he shop!

Now available for a bargainous £2 is the fifth issue from Forest Publications’ Chapbook Series, Volume 2: a collection of poems entitled, Mosquitoes by Krystelle Bamford.

From The House at Westerly, Rhode Island

The house was the sea.
Or a ship on the sea.
Or a deer-blind
deep in the woods.
From the deck, they watch bitterns
skulk at the hem of vernal pools,
while green-heads
bomb through the dusk.
He is a wooden Indian
and she is a corn-husk doll.
He stormed the beaches
and she had a thousand sad children.  Read more!

Product details

  • Title: Vol.2 Iss.5 ‘Mosquitoes’
  • Author: Krystelle Bamford
  • Pamphlet: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Forest Publications (18 July 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956338891
  • Amount: £2


Spiegeltent Gets Golden – 25 August!!!

August 20, 2010


August 25th, 2010

Highland Park Spiegeltent in Charlotte Square
Free! Free! Free! (With Free Drinks and all sorts too!!!)


Ryan Van Winkle – Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library


Surprise Book Festival Guests

With Music From:

Withered Hand – intense, eccentric, bittersweet and very wry original songs.

The Sea, The Sea – lyrical lushness from Jed Milroy and Hailey Beavis featuring bouncing bluegrass licks and double bass band.


Black Diamond Express ‘are like the fastest train of the Lehigh Valley Railroad… a nine-piece band soaked in poetry, myth and bourbon.’ (Mark Edmundson, The List). The Black Diamond Express live and perform in Edinburgh.

Come get UNBOUND with us!

(and check out the other hot free events on as part of the Unbound series at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.)

Two Hot New Chaps

August 14, 2010

The For Pub Don’t Stop

Presenting New Work From Chloe Morrish and Katie Craig — only two little pounds from!


Now available for a bargainous £2 is the fourth issue from Forest Publications’ Chapbook Series, Volume 2: a short story entitled, Chicks Dig Scars by Katie Craig.


I will never pull hair from a plug-hole without thinking of the ovarian cyst Celia had. It was made entirely out of hair and teeth – apparently that’s what cells find it easiest to mutate into.

“Did you see it?” She’s been out of hospital for two days but I’m just back. From a week-long training course in Leamington Spa of all God-awful places. The longest we’ve gone without seeing each other in years.  I’ve felt lurching and dizzy, seasick on land with the worry.

Read more!

Product details

  • Title: Vol.2 Iss.4 ‘Chicks Dig Scars’
  • Author: Katie Craig
  • Pamphlet: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Forest Publications (18 June 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956338884
  • Amount: £2



Now available for a bargainous £2 is the third book from Forest Publications’ Chapbook Series, Volume 2: a collection of haiku poems entitled, Snow by Chloe Morrish.

A sample:

bare trees, a crow shape
neatly cut out of the snow
behind it, the dark

the snowflake symbols
on the weather forecast
are all identical

Read more!

Product details

  • Title: Vol.2 Iss.3 ‘Snow’
  • Author: Chloe Morrish
  • Pamphlet: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Forest Publications (18 May 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956338877
  • Amount: £2


Ryan Writes the World Cup

August 11, 2010

New Poems About Footy

I was shocked and dismayed to be asked to produce five new poems for this World Cup. See — I know very little about the football other than the fact that it is kind of  boring. Like an energetic version of golf. However,  I do love rampant nationalism when it does not involve guns. As such, The World Cup is a time to indulge in stereo-typing and loads of name-calling in pubs across the world. Brilliant! So, I really did want to make some good poems. The task was — I’d get five countries and I have to write a poem about each with two 11 line stanzas. These poems were put on the World Cup 2010 Poems website set-up by Dave Coates and Al Innes. So, I read loads about the legendary Maradona and the Hand of God and found out some interesting facts about the The Football War between El Salvador and Honduras.  Here’s the list of countries:

* Slovenia

* Argentina (oh my, The Hand of God!)

* Algeria

* Honduras (The Football War)

* England

Go Here to Read All the Poems For Free

But Wait — There’s More — These poems aren’t just a website — they are a beautiful Collector’s Item Chapbook that you will cherish for ever and ever so buy one below!

Here at ForPub headquarters we’re stoked to announce the launch of a new collection of World Cup 2010 Poems, so that you can relive our most recent Cup in all its poetic glory.

The Project was developed by Dave Coates and Al Innes, who talk more about how they came upon the idea in a podcast at the   All of the poems are available to read at the WC 2010 Poems website, but should you fancy a printed copy for your coffee table, the collection is available for you now in the ForPub store or at the Forest shop.

Read on for more about the project, who is included, what it’s all about, and a lovely sample poem by Coates himself!:

Why World cup poetry?

There are only a few events that truly catch the world’s attention. Maybe the Olympic Games, or the Haitian Earthquake Appeal. Maybe even Avatar. The World Cup is unique among sporting events. Unlike the Olympics, where the best-funded, best-equipped athletes usually come out on top, the World Cup rewards positive play. The biggest teams are there, the Italians face off against the Brazilians, but occasionally a second-tier team pulls off a minor upset. Maybe in a penalty shoot-out, maybe a goal-keeping blunder. Whatever transpires, it is on the World stage, with the eyes of every country fixed on it. What makes poetry so powerful is that it has the ability to reflect that attention back onto those taking part, onto the people and places around the globe who make up the store of memories and myths.

But the real magic of the World Cup is the fact that millions around the world are focused on one place, in one time. We hope this collection can take that magic, the magic of following your home team or adopted heroes, minnows and giants alike, and bring it to life through poetry. If people take something from a riddling 11-line poem, or climb inside a 22-line narrative and walk around, they may find something that moves them. We hope that both football fans and non-football fans can realise that the World Cup is about more than football, it’s a house party in the global village, and we’re all invited.

Paperback: 36 pages
Published: 18 July 2010
Author: Multiple Authors (see below)
Ericka Duffy
ISBN-13: 978-1907811050

Amount: £3 + P&P



South Africa
Where was I? The sun’s out,
the best day of this year, the colour
on my face has changed from Cooked Chicken
to Raw Steak, I was remembering talk
from fifteen years ago, as though
we could go back, call the whole
damn thing a mulligan and live in that last
few minutes before the stadium drained out
for good. As if we could teach ourselves
again, point to each mark and say here,
let me show you the worst of it
or here, carry it as I do, at least
it will feel lighter. Last night
I breezed through a few of your old papers.
Where were we? What was this place
we had seemed to embody, inhabit,
discover and be discovered like stepping
suddenly into a clearing, or into a warm
and well-lit room? At the opening
ceremony a thousand-and-some performers
rushed forward from the stands
as if sure of where all this was going.

Dave Coates

Golden August At Forest

August 10, 2010


August 18th, 2010

Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Pl
Free! Free! Free!


Lidija Haas – stops the presses with her new chapbook

AL Kennedy – novelist, comedian, rude and wonderful.

Ryan Van Winkle – short poems, long stories.

Nick Holdstock — Holds his strong meat.

Earl Grey and the Loose Leaves – A brawling bar-room  blues band that sounds like Captain Beefheart oan the train over tae Howlin’ Wolf’s hoose fur a bevvy and a brace with Sonny Terry and the Mississippi Sheiks. Contagious.

&&&& loads more!!!!

Very excited!

Parallax by Helen Mort

May 21, 2010

Now available for a bargainous £2 is the second issue from Volume 2 of Forest Publications’ Chapbook Series: a collection of poems entitled, Parallax (For Justin) by Helen Mort.

A sample:
While You Weren’t Listening

I heard the glass
say to the tabletop:
I like the way you hold me.
I heard the table
answer back:
I like the way you feel.
The barstools
thanked the floor
for all the nights it propped them up
And though
I didn’t catch the floor’s reply
it sounded delicate
and I wondered
what the wind says to the trees outside
to make them swoon like that
and what it tells
the grass
to set it shivering,
or what it is
that’s spoken when you
press that bottle to your lips,
what passes there
between you
in that silent and repeated kiss
that seems to say
I’m here,
I’m listening.

Read more!

Product details

  • Title: Vol.2 Iss.2 ‘Parallax (For Justin)’
  • Author: Helen Mort
  • Pamphlet: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Forest Publications (18 April 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956338860
  • Amount: £2