Monday, 30 March 2020

Dye Hard Interview: karl kempton and Philip Davenport: Reconnecting the links

karl kempton
karl kempton lives happily with his beloved wife, Ruth, in Oceano, California. Over 45 lexical and visual poetry titles of his have been published nationally and internationally.New series have been published by Otoliths 52 and Tip of the Knife 32. His environmental activism includes marine environment and sacred Chumash site protection.

Philip Davenport is a poet who often works off the page, in galleries and streets; he runs the small press Apple Pie Editions. His anthology The Dark Would (2013) gathered and exhibited world-leading text artists and visual poets. Philip co-directed mass-collaboration The Homeless Library in 2016, the first ever history of British homelessness. It was inscribed into handmade books by contemporary homeless people and launched at the Houses of Parliament and the Southbank in London, UK. 

DH: karl, what motivated you to start compiling A History of Visual Text Art, 
and how did you, Philip, get involved from the publishing aspect?

karl: In 2004 Dan Waber asked me about the differences between concrete and visual poetries. From that question came my long overview, “VISUAL POETRY: A Brief History of Ancestral Roots and Modern Traditions,” that he published, containing many hot links for those interested in examples and supporting text sources.  As far as I am aware, no English language individual has attempted another comprehensive global overview beginning with rock art to add to or correct my “Brief History.” Over the years some links broke or died. Read more

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Dye Hard Interview: Musawenkosi Khanyile: A circular journal

Musawenkosi Khanyile was born in 1991 in Nseleni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He holds a Master’s in Clinical  Psychology from the University of Zululand, a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of the Western Cape and is currently studying towards a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Cape Town, where he also works as a Student Counsellor. His chapbook, The Internal Saboteur, was published as part of the African Poetry Book Fund’s 2019 New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Sita).  His first full collection, All the Places, was also published in 2019, by Uhlanga. His work has appeared in literary journals, both local and international, such as New CoinNew Contrast and Five Points. He currently lives in Cape Town.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

With the Safety Off in Rosebank!

Exclusive Books Rosebank has ordered copies of Graeme Feltham's With the Safety Off, so they should be on the shelves soon! Go check them out! The book is also available directly from Dye Hard Press - email for order details.

Chatsworth on a roll again!

Dye Hard Press has just received an order for five more copies of Pravasan Pillay's short story collection, Chatsworth.
Send an email to for order details.

Saturday, 01 February 2020

Graeme Feltham would have been 55 years old today

I often wonder what Graeme would have thought of With the Safety Off. I aimed to produce something that I hoped he would have been proud of.

I had a dream recently that Sinclair Beiles had hooked up with John Lennon in London, in 1965, and together they had worked on some cut-up prose poems.

As Mike Hardaker has pointed out, such a meeting would not have been impossiblr.

And on the subject of music, Beiles once maintained that he had read poetry at a Grateful Dead concert at the Great Pyramids in Egypt. The Dead had indeed once played there, sometime in the 70s, but had Beiles shared the stage with them? Who knows ...

Wanna know more about Sinclair Beiles?

Then order Who was Sinclair Beiles? - email for details.

With the Safety Off reaches Unisa

Dawie Malan, subject librarian at Unisa, is enjoying reading his copy of Graeme Feltham's With the Safety Off.

Why not order a copy yourself? Send an email to for details. Also available at select bookstores.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

News about Chatsworth from Sweden

Pravasan Pillay has been interviewed about Chatsworth in the Swedish magazine Klass, which focuses on working-class literature. He chatted with journalist Beata Hansson about, among other things, melancholy, existentialism, outsiders, the body, class society and chai.
Chatsworth will be published in Swedish next year.
And if you live in Joburg and still haven't read it, you can still get copies at some Exclusive Books branches, and definitely at The Commune, a new bookstore in Braamfontein.

Monday, 16 December 2019

More news on With the Safety Off

I have received an order for Graeme Feltham's With the Safety Off from Paul Wessels, who heads the Master's degree in Creative Writing programme at Rhodes University, Makhanda. It seems Paul worked with Graeme 'a bit' on an earlier version of the  novel - something I was not aware of - I was not even aware that Graeme and Paul (whom I have known since the early 1990s) knew each other. But there you go ... the novel continues to widen its reach.

Sun Ra mail art from Henry Denander

More mail art from the great, generous Henry Denander - a stamp series of his watercolour portrait of Sun Ra - thank you, Hank!

Monday, 09 December 2019

With the Safety Off on Goodreads

Graeme Feltham's novel With the Safety Off, recently published by Dye Hard Press and altoviolet, is now listed on Goodreads. If you have read it and enjoyed it, why not pop in and give it a short review?

Check it out here.

With the Safety Off availability continues ...

Just as well I have been slack in collecting the launch stock of With the Safety Off from David Krut Bookstore ... more copies have sold since launch night!
Oh, and Clarke's in Cape Town has ordered copies!

Did you know ....

Did you know…
That of the 3 million Indians living in Southeast Africa, 1 million live in South Africa?
That Durban is regarded as the largest ‘Indian’ city outside India?
And having asked those questions, have you ever been to Chatsworth?
Well, whether you have or you haven’t, or maybe you’ve lived there or still do live there, get yourself a copy of Pravasan Pillay's Chatsworth, published by Dye Hard Press! It would also make an excellent Christmas gift!
And Chatsworth is now available at Braamfontein’s new bookstore The Commune - so check out this new store too!