Publisher Spotlight: Burning Eye Books

21st Nov 2014

Publisher Spotlight: Burning Eye Books
Have you heard of Burning Eye Books yet? No? Rubbish! Let's fix that right now (thank us later). Burning Eye focus on performance poetry and indie fiction and are championing some amazing women writers and poets including Salena Godden, Joelle Taylor and first-time author Alice Furse. We wanted to give some Publisher Spotlight love to this never-knowingly-mainstream publisher and we've got some incredible prizes to give away, not to mention 25% off on their website store until January 2015...

You can check out Burning Eye Books’ website here, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

AND because For Books’ Sake readers are so awesome, Burning Eye are offering 25% off all titles at their store (http://burningeye.bigcartel.com). Simply enter the code “forbookssake14” (valid until midnight, 31st Jan 2015).

As usual with Publisher Spotlight, there will be amazing bookish prizes to win – Details on how to enter at the bottom of the feature.

Right, now we’ve spoiled ya rotten let’s crack on with some more info about their best women writers…

Fishing in the Aftermath: Poems 1994-2014 – Salena Godden

Where do we start with how incredibly awesome Salena Godden is… We want to go on a pub crawl with her pronto and be led astray!

Described as a ’21st Century female Bukowski’ her poems grab your heart and soul and make you want to call you friends immediately and reminisce about the wild parties, biggest loves and bad-ass hangovers (The Last Big Drinky is a particular highlight).

These poems span twenty years of Salena’s career and the collection has a wonderful introduction detailing her rock and roll poetry career. Sit up and take note: Salena is an artist in every sense of the word, her passion and personality are bigger than the pages themselves.

The rawness of Salena’s prose and the amazing stories she has to share make this collection all killer. Her sense of humour is cutting and brilliant as you’ll see below:

(Youtube clip: NSFW language)



Everybody Knows This is Nowhere – Alice Furse

Alice Furse’s first novel Everybody Knows This is Nowhere is a strong debut and deals with a lot of the existential questions that hit any young person graduating into a recession.

Frank, dark and funny, there are lots of little glimpses into the narrator’s psyche. Alice Furse certainly knows how to create not only an interesting protagonist but also conjure beauty out of somewhat bleak surroundings.

The book also deals with the protagonist’s fading romance with her traffic warden boyfriend and charts their journey from young student lovers into domesticated suburb dwellers.

It will definitely strike a chord with most twenty-something readers who have worried about relationships, work and whether the life we’re leading is the ‘right’ one for us…

Alice Furse Book Cover


The Woman Who Was Not There – Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor is a spoken word artist, former UK slam champion, and the Artistic Director and UK Coach of SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam championships administered by the Poetry Society.

She’s also a creative writing tutor for the Poetry School, the Poetry Society, Arvon Foundation, Holloway Prison and Apples and Snakes.

The Woman Who Was Not There has been described by Benjamin Zephaniah as:

a book of dangerous poetry… Inside are tales of women who eat themselves, mothers who collect clouds in small bottles, children who live beneath beds, poets who stand on top of tower blocks and girls who find wings and fly across a landscape of abandoned council estates, the ghosts of gangs spraying graffiti poetry. It is a book about beauty in ugly places. It is poetry written for the mouth. This book is what happens when you tell someone to be quiet.”

We’re sold! Seriously. Check out Joelle’s powerful performance of some of her poetry below:


Opposite the Tourbus – Sophia Walker [Dec 2014]

Sophia Walker is the 2013 BBC Slam Champion, 2012 London Poetry Olympics winner, 2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival Improv Slam Champion and the UK representative for Capturing Fire, World Queer Slam.

And if that’s not impressive enough, her debut solo show Around The World In Eight Mistakes won best spoken word show of the 2013 PBH Free Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival. She was voted Best Performance Poet in the 2014 Saboteur Awards and plays the recorder through her nose. 

Opposite the Tourbus is Sophia’s exploration about what happens in towns and cities in the darker, quieter corners away from the tourist bubbles, whether that is an eye-opening report from a sex education workshop in an everyday British town, or something more harrowing from Irag or Africa.


From Whitechapel: A novel of Jack The Ripper – Melanie Clegg

From Whitechapel is already being tipped by reviewers as Melanie Clegg’s best work! The author of Blood SistersThe Secret Diary of a Princess: a novel of Marie Antoinette and Minette is back with another engrossing historical fiction book set against the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888.

Described as ‘a dark and sumptuous tale of love, friendship, loss and redemption’ the book has an interesting feminist angle that focusses on the of three women, Anna, Emma and Cora, living in East London during this notorious crime spree.

Melanie’s a self confessed ‘Ripperologist’ and says the book felt somewhat inevitable given her fascination with the events in Whitechapel and that her great-great-great grandfather was a Sergeant in Whitechapel’s H Division in 1888.

We know plenty of hist-fic fans who would devour this book! Melanie also has a rather gorgeous blog that’s definitely worth checking out if you want to know more about her.

From Whitechapel


Competition Time!

1st Prize – All five titles: Fishing in the Aftermath, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, The Woman Who Was Not There, Opposite The Tourbus and From Whitechapel.

2nd Prize – Four titles: Fishing in the Aftermath, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, The Woman Who Was Not There and From Whitechapel.

3rd Prize  – Three titles: Fishing in the Aftermath, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere and From Whitechapel.

To enter, simply email your name and address to hello@forbookssake.net with the email header ‘Burning Eye Books Competition’ and we’ll pick three winners at random. Competition ends at midnight on Friday 5th December 2014. Best of luck!