NEWS: November 2015

Posted: November 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hello! I have some news so thought a wee announcement might be in order.

First up, NEW WRITINGS.

While on a hugely enjoyable trip to Sri Lanka in September this year, I began writing a new chapbook. There’s a lot of work to do on this one, especially since I have written more draft poems for my experiences out there than I have for most other chapbooks. In fact, I could probably squeeze it all into a volume of three if given the chance. But I won’t – there is much editing to do.

With everything else on my schedule, I reckon we should be looking at a publication date in the first quarter of next year.

Next thing to mention is the POETRY SUPERHIGHWAY FREE-FOR-ALL 2015.

In years gone by I have been involved with all of the special projects run by Rick at the Poetry Superhighway (PSH), but with my downtime of late and demise of the Ranfurly Review, it has all passed me by.

So with the recent revival of my work through the Sri Lanka chapbook, I have decided to take part on this years Free-For-All on 1st December. I have submitted two chapbooks in e-book format (one of which is my new one so it’s a great chance to save some cash!). The e-books are:

Look out for further announcements.

Last thing to mention is the small but important WEBSITE UPDATES. I’ve updated the home page, added a new page for Living Leith with purchase links (almost a year late – bite me), and given it some needed edits. Not much, but as I mentioned, long overdue.

Ciao!

I’ve got a new book coming out. The title might give it away: LIVING LEITH.

It’s a book about Leith from an “outsiders” point of view. It contains some of my best work yet and I’m VERY excited about it.

Here’s the front cover – see what you think:

Living Leith by Chas Stramash

My kids’ poetry book, SILLY POEMS FOR WEE PEOPLE, has been given an external revamp.

As you may be aware (or not, as the case may be), SILLY POEMS is for sale in Edinburgh from the Edinburgh Bookshop in Bruntsfield Place. And it’s sold out!

Feedback from customers and the brilliant staff in the shop, indicated a redesign might even improve sales if one of the most popular characters from the book was brought out onto the front cover.

So here it is…

Silly Poems Cover (large web)

A fresh stock of books will be winging its way very soon to the shop (complete with complimentary bookmarks). If you contact them, they’ll reserve you a copy…

Of course, if you can’t wait until then, you can always buy the paperback and Kindle versions online here.

Chas
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Poems from a Coffee Shop Window by Chas Stramash

My new chapbook, POEMS FROM A COFFEE SHOP WINDOW, is now available as a downloadable ebook. Here’s the short blurb:

A collection of poems inspired by coffee. Written in the poet’s favourite coffee shop, this chapbook contains 36 poems about the observations inside and from the window of a coffee shop in Edinburgh, Scotland. If you like satirical or humorous poetry and coffee, this is most definitely your bag.

This particular book came about after I realised my obsession with writing poetry and drinking coffee often collided on a daily basis. It seemed pretty obvious after I recognised this fact, that I should actually sit down and try to put together a little book about it. The poems that were written were assembled over a few months sitting in my favourite coffee shop in Edinburgh. It’s about all the things I saw (inside and from the window), and about the people that work there or visit to hide away from life’s rumbling regularity. Some of the poems are plain silly, others deeply satirical, occasionally poignant but many are topical. I’m talking about the tram works I witnessed form the window, but which I could only write so much about.

Sound like your thing? Check out the information page for sample poems and ordering information. It could be on your Kindle in seconds!

Silly Poems for Wee People by Chas Stramash

The new illustrated edition of SILLY POEMS FOR WEE PEOPLE is now available to purchase in paperback!

This new edition comes with the talented work of Polish artist, Kamila Ratajczak, who has given what was already a very popular book a whole new lease of life.

The book is so far unavailable to purchase on Kindle (technology permitting), but will be available as a PDF ebook download very soon.

Accompanying recordings of some of the poems will shortly be available on the website and on my SoundCloud page. You may also be fearful to know that I may be about to get talked into recording accompanying videos for this book too.

Here’s the official blurb:

The illustrated edition of Chas Stramash’s popular kids’ poetry book, Silly Poems for Wee People. Now with more colour and all poems re-edited, this book is a must for all children aged 5 to 11. It’s totally childish and devilishly funny!

The new edition is slightly more expensive than before, mainly due to the costs of colour printing, but I’ve knocked 25% off the RRP to make it available for just £6 – still a huge bargain!!

Click here to read samples and purchase the new edition.

Posted: December 20, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Welcome!

Posted: October 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

Aha! I knew you’d find me!

Hello and good day, and all those other warm tidings that might cheer one up on a dour Tuesday afternoon on the east coast of Scotland.

My name is Chas Stramash. I’m a poet and I’m from Leith.

This site contains nothing but poetry. My poetry.

My poems have occasionally been described as “observational”, “Milliganesque”, “hilarious”, and “reflective”. In truth, though, I think my poems are just what they appear to be: poems about life; poems about being human.

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As you join me, I have so far published three books of poetry:

FRINGE FANTASTIC is a humorous, satirical and irreverent, this 91-page chapbook of poetry and photographic images was written on the ancient cobbled streets of Edinburgh during the month-long fringe festival celebrations.

POOLSIDE POETRY is a collection of observational and humour-laden poems, looking at the daily torment and struggle of what it is to be Scottish, pale, and living under a the 100 degree sun of a hot Mediterranean country (in this case, Cyprus).

SILLY POEMS FOR WEE PEOPLE is my first collection of children’s poetry (for ages of about 5 to 9), that was first published in 2010 but re-published as a fully illustrated edition in December 2011. It’s perfect for children who love to read or be read to.

I have, however, written much more, and have plans to release a further four books in the next few months.

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Please feel free to browse this site and read all about my work. You will also find links to poems published individually by a series of ezines and online publishers.

If you want, you can ask me a question; you’ll find me here: chasstramash@gmail.com

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Here’s what some people have said about my work:

Chas’s work is lyrical, brilliant, with a mix of emotion and humour. ~ M.I.S ONLINE

He’s one of those writers who can combine talent and skill with humour and professionalism. ~ Devon Ellington, author, playwright, and editor of A Biblio Paradise

Chas Stramash is a daring writer who isn’t afraid to explore. ~ Tom Olbert, Author

Some of it is Milliganesque. ~ JF Derry, Author

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