Sunday, 21 December 2014

Two poems and a collage by Gary Cummiskey, on Hash n Pumpkins

Read two poems from Sky Dreaming published on Hash n Pumpkins.

A review of Gary Cummiskey's Sky Dreaming, by Aleathia Drehmer

It isn’t often that I am taken by surprise with a chap in the small press…especially one that I didn’t seek out myself. Subhankar Das, editor of Graffiti Kolkata, recently sent me Gary Cummiskey’s Sky Dreaming. I had never heard of Gary prior to this and I set to reading it [in] short bursts rather than put it on the pile to read which is ever growing...Read more here.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Three Dye Hard Press titles nominated for SALA literary awards 2014

Gary Cummiskey's Off-ramp has been nominated for the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award 2014, while Khulile Nxumalo's fhedzi and Kobus Moolman's Left Over have been nominated for the SALA Poetry Award 2014.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Pretoria on November 7.
Read more here.

Illustrated book covers: Glory by Vladimir Nabokov

Published by Fawcett Crest, USA, 1971 

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Friday, 26 September 2014

Friday, 19 September 2014

Gary Cummiskey: a dada-surrealist-madhouse screamer

In the Weekly Dissident today, MPHUTLANE WA BOFELO talks to poet Gary Cummiskey, a self described “Dada-surrealist-madhouse screamer” who believes South Africa needs a stronger alternative culture.
Gary Cummiskey
Gary Cummiskey
MwB: Who is Gary Cummiskey and what is his philosophy of life?
GC: I am a poet, writer and publisher. I have had several chapbooks of poetry published over the past 20 years, the most recent being Romancing the Dead (Tearoom Books, Stockholm, 2010), Sky Dreaming (Graffiti Kolkata, Kolkata, 2012) and I Remain Indoors (Tearoom Books, Stockholm, 2013).
My debut collection of short stories, Off-ramp, was published in 2013. My poems have been translated into Bangla, French and Greek.  I am currently the editor of the poetry journal New Coin, which is published by the Institute for the Study of English in Africa at Rhodes University...Read more here

That Old Feeling

Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Plot of Il Trovatore, by Gerald Locklin

Published by Kamini Press, Stockholm, 2008

Battle Scars by John Bennett

Published by Kamini Press, Stockholm, 2010

Charles Bukowski FIVE by Neeli Chervkovski

Published by Beat Scene Press, Coventry, UK. Visit to order

Friday, 22 August 2014

Forthcoming from Dye Hard Press: an expanded and revised edition of Who was Sinclair Beiles?

Who was Sinclair Beiles?, an expanded and revised edition, edited by Gary Cummiskey and Eva Kowalska. To be published by Dye Hard Press.

Strange things on a Saturday night

Saturday, 09 August 2014

Friday, 08 August 2014

Monday, 21 July 2014

And the rains came down – a review of alan finlay's pushing from the riverbank, by Goodenough Mashego

I am a fan of Alan Finlay. So the moment his latest instalment of poetry, pushing from the riverbank popped in my mailbox, just six days after publisher Gary Cummiskey shipped it i had that foreplay anticipation that increases your breath and heartbeat. You know those seconds before you are more here

Saturday, 12 July 2014

New Coin June 2014, edited by Gary Cummiskey

New Coin June 2014 is now out and contains poems by Kelwyn Sole, Alan Finlay, Kobus Moolman, Sinclair Beiles, Lucas Zulu, Arja Salafranca, Moira Lovell, Eva Jackson, Dawn Garisch, Goodenough Mashego, Kyle Allan, Haidee Kruger, Yannis Livadas, Gerard Rudolf, Khulile Nxumalo, Mangaliso Buzani, Mxolisi Nyezwa, Immanuel Suttner, Hans Pienaar, Catfish McDaris, Anton Krueger, Diana Bloem, John Carse, Mick Raubenheimer, Louise Anne Buchler, Lionel Murcott, Gail Dendy, Jim Pascual Agustin, Angifi Dladla, Carol Leff, Mzi Mahola, Allan Kolski Horwitz, Vonani Bila and Stephen Symons. Reviews by Kelwyn Sole, Rustum Kozain and Tlhalo Sam Raditlhalo.

New Coin is published by the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA) and is available on subscription. Subscription for 2013 is R170 for two issues.  You can also subscribe now for the two 2014 issues, for R180. 

For subscription details, contact New Coin secretary Nomangesi Kelemi on 046 603 8565 or at

Friday, 11 July 2014

Poets and events at the Grahamstown arts festival 2014

Alan Finlay and Paul Wessels

Mishka Hoosen

Lesego Rampolokeng

Napo Masheane

Robert Berold

David wa Maahlamela

Lesego Rampolokeng

Mafika Gwala, Gary Cummiskey, Lesego Rampolokeng

Vonani Bila, David wa Maahlamelah, Mafika Gwala, Lesego Rampolokeng

Lesego Rampolokeng

The writing on the wall by Alan Finlay

Gary Cummiskey, bored, had a moment of inspiration

Joan Meterlekamp and Mishka Hoosen

Alan Finlay

Robert Berold and Crystal Warren

Chris Mann

Paul Wessels, Kobus Moolman and Marike Beyers

Kobus Moolman

Deep South publications and issues of New Coin on display

Denis Hirson, centre

Ari Sitas

Alan Finlay

Gary Cummiskey

Gary Cummiskey

Kobus Moolman