Join us April 14th (18:30, Zoom) for the launch of

'Mischief Of One Kind And Another'

from Jen Feroze, Jennie E. Owen and Ben Tufnell

Join us on Sunday April 14th (18:30, Zoom) for the launch of 'Mischief Of One Kind And Another' from Jen Feroze, Jennie E. Owen and Ben Tufnell.

Praise for 'Mischief Of One Kind And Another'

Mischief Of One Kind And Another

'Mischief Of One Kind And Another' is the ninth Nine Series Anthology and brings together the work of Jennie E. Owen, Jen Feroze and Ben Tufnell. It is an anthology that explores the inter-relationships of different genres of art and their translation into poetry, whether through the use of ekphrasis, intertextuality or the creation of worlds.

Jennie E. Owen's uses paintings and places as jump off points for entry into her dark, immersive poems, giving voices to characters such as in 'Dead Mother and Child'

I know that I am a painting, that much I understand.

I'm rendered in flat blocks of red and orange

Jen Feroze responds to literary classics within her poems, using the work of writers and poets such as Edward Lear, the Brothers Grimm and Frances Hodgson Burnett to give new life and identities to characters we thought we knew so well, such as in 'Catching a Tiger' which draws off Judith Kerr's famous children's book for inspiration

Sophie's mummy was different afterwards;

her gaze flicking towards the door.

In Ben Tufnell's poems we enter into a haunted, eroding landscape that is inhabited by creatures and spectres that create a sense of gothic foreboding and subtle horror, almost like a personal fairy tale world inhabited by 'Owls' and 'Ghosts' or as in the 'Crocodile' of

The childhood dream

of the gnarled beast beneath

the bed. Long rotting grin

slowly opening and closing

with a castanet click

in thick darkness.

'One Kind of Mischief and Another' is an unsettling adventure into the dark corners where strange things lurk and may, if you're not on your guard, drag you in.

Praise for 'Mischief Of One Kind And Another'

“Mischief Of One Kind And Another" is a gingerbread house of a book, beguiling the reader with an intoxicating mix of childhood memory and menace. Jennie E. Owen’s compelling ekphrastic poems dance intricately with notorious artworks (and the legends surrounding them) in unexpected and haunting ways. Jen Feroze interrogates everyday darkness through the lens of children’s literature, in a set of ‘after’ poems as powerfully imagistic and playfully unsettling as anything she has published to date. Ben Tufnell’s poems are spare, vivid, clever, and arresting, replete with phrases that reverberate long after reading. The result is an anthology that intrigues and bewitches in ways the reader will not be able to resist, and will thoroughly enjoy.

- Mary Ford Neal

- Poet Dawning(Indigo Dreams),Relativism (Taproot)

The Poets:

Jen Feroze lives by the sea in Essex with her husband and two young children. A former Foyle Young Poet, her work has appeared in publications including Under the Radar, Butcher's Dog, Magma, Poetry Wales, Spelt, One Hand Clapping and The Alchemy Spoon. She has guest edited anthologies for Black Bough Poetry and The Mum Poem Press, and she placed second in the 2022/2023 Magma Editors' Prize. Her debut pamphlet 'Tiny Bright Thorns' is publishing in 2024 with Nine Pens. Jen loves cold water swimming, chunky knitwear, amaretto sours and cheese you can eat with a spoon. Find her on the artist formerly known as Twitter @jenlareine and on Instagram @the_colourofhope.

Jennie E. Owen has been published in a large range of journals and anthologies including the Rialto, Wasafiri, Agenda Poetry, Acumen, Neon, Envoi, Tears in the Fence, Iota, and Magma Poetry. She is Best of the Net, Pushcart and Forward Prize nominated. Jennie's pamphlet The Horses Still Run, will be published by The Flight of the Dragonfly Press later in 2024. Jennie teaches Creative Writing for The Open University and lives in Lancashire, UK with her husband and three children. She is a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University, focusing on poetry and place.

Ben Tufnell is a curator and writer based in London. His poems have been published by Anthropocene, Entropy, Pangyrus, The Rialto, Shearsman and Smartish Pace, amongst others, and his stories have been published by Conjunctions, Litro, Nightjar Press, Storgy and Structo. He has been longlisted for the BBC Short Story Award and shortlisted for the Society of Authors’ ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award. His debut novel, THE NORTH SHORE, is published by Fleet (Little, Brown).