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A Chest of Viols: A Brief Introduction to English Viol Consort Music

As a cellist and guitarist I have always thought the perfect instrument to be the Viola da Gama, a gut-fretted instrument tuned like a guitar but played like a cello. As with most aficionados my introduction to the instrument came … Continue reading

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The Curve of the Land by Diana Durham

“The small crevice that formed the only entrance showed no evidence of the light which must be entering through the other gaps in the stones.  It was black as if opening directly into the depths of the earth; an entrance … Continue reading

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du Lac by Alan Richardson

“So I cannot say for sure how old I am because I cannot see my beginnings. When I try to look, I’m peering into the lake bottom which is my genesis: things are stirred up, rising like muddy, formless wraiths … Continue reading

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4th Anniversary Special: New Expanded Edition of Rebecca Wilby’s This Wretched Splendour

To celebrate our 4th anniversary at Skylight Press, and in honour of the First World War Centenary,  we have reissued our very first book, This Wretched Splendour, in an all-new expanded edition. This new edition includes a one-act play, Wild With … Continue reading

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Writing the Unicorn: The Paradox of Historical Fiction

“Luckily Nicolas didn’t have to answer, as he couldn’t have spoken. I had placed my hand on his bulge, which was as hard as a tree branch. I had never touched one before.” It was at that precise point when … Continue reading

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Iain Sinclair’s Suicide Bridge

Originally posted on Tears in the Fence:
The new edition of Iain Sinclair’s Suicide Bridge: A Book of the Furies, A Mythology of the South & East – Autumn 1973 to Spring 1978 (Skylight Press 2013) expanded on the original…

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The Groundlings of Divine Will

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Daniel Staniforth’s The Groundlings of Divine Will (Skylight Press 2013) http://www.skylightpress.co.uk sees Shakespeare’s first audience, ‘the groundlings of the pit’, as a secret society addressing the Master Of Revels in a glorious riposte…

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