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Visual Verse March Edition is here!


Volume 2, Chapter 5 of Visual Verse is now open for submissions at www.visualverse.org.

This month’s visual prompt is from British artist Dominic Goodman. Goodman is a fine art graduate from Central Saint Martins and works in a variety of media covering photography, film, music and art. His photography often focuses on unoccupied spaces, raising questions over events that may have occurred or perhaps will occur outside of the confines of the image. Perfect for you, dear writers. Dominic also co-runs labels YYAA Recordings and Hallso.

In honour of the infamous St Patrick, celebrated on March 17th, we dedicate this issue to Ireland and its enticing list of extraordinary emerging writers. Our lead author, Sara Baume, is arguably one of Ireland’s brightest literary stars, having won the Davy Byrnes Short Story Award in 2014 and named Hennessy New Irish Writer of 2015. She has recently released her debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither with Tramp Press. 

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On the Web, On the Shelf – Our February Roundup of Design and Books


The end of our shortest month is drawing close. We thought we’d wave goodbye to February by giving you a quick round up of what we’ve been reading this month and what’s been exciting us in the world of digital design.


On the shelf: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

“After reading The Goldfinch last summer, I decided to track back and read Donna Tartt’s first novel. Unbelievably well-crafted characters and a well-paced plot, myths, secrets, ancient Greek, murders..it’s like Dostoevsky in Vermont. Read it!”

On the web: Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?

“Exciting music related design news – Hot Chip’s new album’s artwork is being produced (with Nick Relph) using an algorithm based printing technique, that makes each physical album copy unique. And Domino (their record label) have got a trippy little site to accompany it. A very clever way of nailing the covetable angle in the world of digital downloads and streaming.” Read More

Introducing – Small Green Shoots


We’re delighted to introduce you to one of our latest websites, for the excellent Small Green Shoots.

Small Green Shoots were founded in 2009 with the aim of giving young people from disadvantaged backgrounds (so-called NEETs) an opportunity to engage with music and the arts, and to use these experiences as a springboard for their future.

As one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, Small Green Shoots has also piloted and developed a comprehensive and successful Creative Apprenticeship Programme, which offers a handful of young apprentices the opportunity to manage their events, as well placements in companies like MTV, Sony ATV and Adidas.

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The Curved House Fun Palaces

Reporting Back from the Fun Palace


Just in case you didn’t see over at our children’s HQ, Curved House Kids, we’ve been spending the last week collecting all manner of activities and materials together for Berlin’s first ever Fun Palace.

A revival of an idea originally conceived by the legendary playwright Joan Littlewood, Fun Palaces is a UK based initiative that launched this years thanks to Sarah Jane Rawlings and Visual Verse contributor, Stella Duffy. Read More

Visual Verse Submissions from Writers

Visual Verse launches August Edition with Edan Lepuki and Katherine Fawssett


Truth is stranger than fiction. Back in the dark days before Visual Verse began, our editor was (and still is) an avid reader of The Millions, a great books website based in the USA. She was particularly struck by an article called ‘Shutting the Drawer, What happens when a book doesn’t sell?’ published on August 23, 2011. It was honest, it was funny, it was painful – it was absolutely what doesn’t get said among the brouhaha that surrounds debut authors. It was by a Millions staff writer called Edan Lepuki, who has an MFA from Iowa writers’ workshop.

Fast forward three years. Visual Verse is 9 months old and Edan Lepuki’s first published novel is about to be launched in the UK. On 7 August, in just one week’s time CALIFORNIA will be on our bookshop shelves. We are thrilled to publish Edan in the UK a week before her novel comes out, and have her headlining Visual Verse for the month. Read More

Introducing… November Editions


The latest project we’ve worked on (and that we’re delighted to introduce you to) is November Editions. Based in Amsterdam and Berlin, November Editions is a new publisher, specialising in first-time English-language translations of German Expressionist and other Modernist writing from the early 20th century. Their books will appear exclusively in electronic format.

November Editions uncovers plenty of hidden and forgotten gems, starting with their first round of books, which introduce English-language audiences to work from Karl Kraus, Walter Rheiner and Carl Einstein. Read More

how to resize images for the web

Preparing Images for the Web


This guide is designed to help authors and web editors understand how to resize and save images before uploading them to the web

When it comes to creating an engaging website, images and photos are extremely important. Estimates are that we only read about 20% of the world’s online text which leaves 80% of visual and multimedia that we navigate daily. Read More

It all starts with Matilda: Nerys Hudson to join The Curved House


Photo: Marie J. Burrows

I’m thrilled to announce that the fabulous Nerys Hudson, from Dialogue Berlin, will be joining The Curved House in June as Publishing Assistant. Nerys will offer editorial assistance across the entire Curved House project list including digital and print projects.

Those within the English-language publishing community in Berlin know only too well how loved Nerys is. She comes well-trained in bookselling and book marketing after working with Sharmaine Lovegrove at Dialogue for several years and brings a calm efficiency to everything she does. Her experience in bookselling, PR/marketing, events and her design skills (that have even been picked up by the Penguin UK design blog) make her a great fit for The Curved House. Read More